Research shows that learning to play a musical instrument or to sing enhances a child’s cultural, social and educational learning.
Access to and participation in music making gives pupils the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in line with all four learning outcomes set out in the Curriculum for Excellence; successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors.
The previous administration at West Dunbartonshire Council voted to cut the budget for music instructors in schools by £61,000 from Aug 2012.
This equates to a 15% cut in music instruction staff.
The current proposals will lead to the loss of music instructors’ jobs.
Ironically, instructors already cannot meet the demand of pupils wishing to learn an instrument.
The cuts will mean that instruction in only one instrument can be offered in each primary school. So there will be even less choice of instrument for pupils to play.
In three years from now primary schools will have little to no provision leading to less young people taking music making into secondary school.
The cuts will also lead to no individual lessons and to group sizes increasing from the current level of 4 to a yet to be confirmed number.
These type of cuts lead to music being an option only for those who can afford to pay for private tuition.
Reducing the music service in West Dunbartonshire is not worth the long term impact to the service itself, the music instructors and most importantly the young people of West Dunbartonshire.
Join us in campaigning to save the music service.
If you disagree with this cut in provision we urge you to write to your local councillor objecting to the cuts to the music service.
To find out who your newly elected local councillor is check the West Dunbartonshire Council website, http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk. You can email your councillor on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign this on-line petition against the cuts.
For more information on the cuts and the campaign to keep music making in West Dunbartonshire schools contact Jen Hunter or Sheena Macdonald, Musicians’ Union, tel 0141 341 2960, email glasgow@theMU.org