Bryanston hosts inaugural music education conference

The event was prompted by growing concern about serious underfunding in the sector

Bryanston’s inaugural music education conference was attended by more than 60 music teachers from both the maintained and independent sector, as well as national music organisations and leaders of music hubs in the South West.

The event was prompted by growing concern about serious underfunding in music education and aimed to promote the value of partnerships and showcase initiatives to help arrest the decline.

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“Make no mistake, serious question marks remain over the future of music education in the UK,” said Bryanston’s director of music, Stephen Williams.

“Only through unprecedented collaboration and a genuine commitment to share best practice will it be possible to continue to help aspiring young musicians to fulfil their true potential.

“Following widespread financial cutbacks and a downgrading of creative subjects like music, the onus is on all schools and all professional music organisations to collaborate, share resources, learn from each other’s experiences and to champion the cause for tomorrow’s musicians and performers.”

Stephen Williams, director of music at Bryanston School

Besides keynote addresses, the conference included a debate and open discussion involving delegates and many of the invited speakers.

“We’re delighted with the feedback from this conference, and the enthusiasm and shared commitment to provide pupils with the best possible classroom and extra-curricular music experiences,” adds Williams.

“Musicians are creative and used to finding solutions. We’ve already committed to hosting a GCSE workshop with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the Dorset Music Hub in January and there certainly seems to be an appetite for the conference to become a regular annual event.”

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