This report from Ofsted released this week evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of music education and considers the challenges that music faces.  

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. For many pupils, the music they love will be part of the narrative of their lives and bring colour to the experiences that shape them. Learning about music is a vital part of a broad and rounded education. Taught well, music gives pupils the opportunity to make music, think more musically and, crucially, become even more musical.” 

It includes evidence from Reception classes to sixth forms. In each of these sections, they talk about:

  • aspects of the curriculum 
  • pedagogy 
  • assessment 
  • the impact of this on what pupils learn 
  • the way schools are organised 

Overall, this report identifies some significant strengths and weaknesses in school music education. It recommends ways that school and subject leaders can make sure that all pupils leave school with a well-rounded music education. 

ABRSM is committed to supporting teachers and we hope that the Teacher Hub resources and courses continue to offer you opportunities to develop your own skills to support your pupils.  

  • Classroom 200 is a free resource for ages 5-14, sign up to explore our lesson plans that you can tailor to your course. We also offer a free course to support you in using Classroom 200 in your school. 
  • Approaching Musicianship with Confidence is a CPD accredited course that unpacks musical learning, giving you the skills to teach music effectively. 
  • We have a catalogue of INSET presentations we can deliver in your school or organisation setting.  
  • Coming Soon, we will be launching a course developed by the RNCM on Assessing Progress in Classroom Music 
  • Are you planning to attend the Music and Drama Education Expo in Feb 2024 ? Come and see us on the ABRSM stand.  

 You can read ‘Striking the Right Note’- Ofsted’s music subject report on the link below.

Read the report
Last modified: Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 3:09 PM