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Michael Gove comments on 'In Harmony' and Music Hubs

The In Harmony programme, based on the inspirational El Sistema scheme from Venezuela, will be rolled out across the country under plans announced.

The first ever national plan for music education 'The Importance of Music' will also enable every child to have the chance to learn to play a musical instrument for at least a term and ideally for a year by transforming the way music is delivered to schools.

This is part of the Government’s aim to ensure that all pupils have rich cultural opportunities alongside their academic and vocational studies.

From 2012 music education will be provided by new ”hubs” which will deliver music education in partnership, building on the work of existing local authority music services.

Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, said:

All pupils should have the opportunity to enjoy and play music. However, for far too long, music education has been patchy across the country. Pupils from the poorest backgrounds have suffered most from this situation, creating a musical divide.

The national plan for music will deliver a music education system that encourages everyone, whatever their background, to enjoy music and help those with real talent to flourish as brilliant musicians.

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