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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Courtney axed and Jazz removed from A-level studies

British jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine* is one of six composers and musicians whose work has been axed by Pearson Edexcel after complaints from teachers that the “volume of work was too high” for students to cope with after disruption to lessons during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Read the full article published in today's i newspaper.

Lance

* Picture taken during Courtney's 2013 gig at Hoochie Coochie.

2 comments :

Chris Kilsby said...

This is bad enough, but the big story is that so few state schools are now even offering A-level music, and entries have fallen 47% in the last decade due to the EBacc policy focussing on "core" subjects.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/a-level-results-2019-music/, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/05/31/average-a-level-music-class-now-has-just-three-students-study/ (Paywall)

Music (and even jazz!) is fast becoming the preserve of the well off and privately-educated, as "one in eight of the most deprived schools have an orchestra, compared with 85% of independent schools" (https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/adele-stormzy-music-lessons-school-education-brit-awards-a8813706.html). State schools have seen a 21% decrease in music provision over the past 5 years, compared to a net increase of 7% in music provision in independent schools over the same period (BPI report).

Bursary schemes such as those offered by the Sage YMP and National Youth Jazz Collective are very laudable, but music in schools is fundamental and the starting point for most children.

Chris K

Michael L said...

Completely agree with Chris above.

And unfortunately, the article is incorrect in saying that this change is brought on by Covid, and suggests it's temporary. It's not a result of C-19 and is a permanent change to the Pearson/ Edexcel specification.

Very poor.

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