Policy paper

The importance of music: a national plan for music education

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Introducing the national plan for music education and its initiatives.



High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music.

Children from all backgrounds and every part of England should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to make music with others.

This publication outlines the aims of the national plan for music education and how the initiatives set out by the plan will effect schools, LAs and private music teachers.