Friday, 8 February 2013

Requiem for a Baccalaureate

The otherwise consistently outstanding Michael Gove attracted heavy criticism for his decision to leave music out of the proposed English Baccalaureate.  With the EBacc now abandoned, however, fears have been allayed.

Though in many ways disappointing, this about turn offers hope for those who had reservations about the EBacc's neglect of the arts that the promising new National Plan for Music Education might now be embedded more firmly in the new curriculum.

Having expressed his hope that musical education under the new regime achieve "a balance between performance and appreciation", Mr Gove could do little better than to consult the thoroughly inspiring Benjamin Zander, who has that particular talent down to an art form:


You know, I have a definition of success.  For me it's very simple: it's not about wealth and fame and power; it's about how many shining eyes I have around me.  

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