Music is an enriching and valuable academic subject. Research evidence shows that a quality music education can improve self-confidence, behaviour and social skills, as well as improve academic attainment in areas such as numeracy, literacy and language.
In asking Darren Henley to carry out a review into music education, the government sought to establish what is needed to make sure that inequalities in provision across the country are addressed, and that public funding is used to further government priorities - that every child should experience a rounded cultural education, including the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to sing.
Some of the recommendations are for others to comment on. Some will need further work and consideration before the government can provide a more substantive response. But this response sets out below those issues that will be addressed immediately.