Hi folks I hope you’re well.
My name is Stephen Brown and I’m standing in the MU General Secretary election taking place in 2022. Here I am, in the amazing mushrooms studios in Birmingham. I’m doing a little bit of a session but I thought I’d take a few minutes out to talk to you about music education.
Music education has been sadly neglected over the last 10 years, funding has been reduced, meaning that the pay, terms and conditions of our members have been eroded. What it’s also lead to is structural inequality in the music education system. Kids no longer have access to continuing music lessons, so the most disadvantaged are losing out.
When I was at secondary school, I got free music lessons every week. At that time I learnt the trumpet. My parents couldn’t have afforded those lessons, and what I want to see is a return to a system where free music lessons are continuous and they happen as part of the core curriculum. To achieve that, I think that music education should return to the Department of Education and be funded through Local Authorities.
What I want to see is the MU set out bold and ambitious plans for how we think music education should look as we go forward for the next 10 to 15 years. And I don’t think we should be shy about that. If I’m elected MU General Secretary I will make a campaign issue about this, and I will work with you, together, to fix music education. Thanks for listening.