Children in Wales will have free access to musical instruments and education | News
The Welsh Government has tripled its budget for music education in Wales under the new National Music Service. Rising from £1.5m to £4.5m a year over the next three years, the new service will ensure all children in Wales have free access to a musical instrument and school fees from of September.
The plan includes a new national library of instruments and equipment to be shared across Wales.
The Welsh Government has said its aim is to provide all children aged 3 to 16 with a free instrument to practice at school and at home, which will allow children from low-income households, who might not have the means, to take sides. Primary school children will receive at least half a session of introductory lessons in the instrument, under a program called “First Experiences”.
High school students will be able to gain industry experience through the “Making Music with Others” program, where students work side-by-side with creative professionals.
“For me, music was an integral part of growing up in Wales,” said Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford. “It’s great to see a real push to catch up on all of this and invest in instruments so that no youngster in Wales is going without because they can’t afford an instrument.”
“Unfortunately, access to music can be difficult. You need to be able to afford an instrument and the cost of tuition may be a barrier for some. So the new National Music Service will open up opportunities for all the children of Wales, regardless of background,” said Welsh Education Minister Jeremy Miles.
Every child should benefit from a musical education.
That’s why we’ve just launched a national music service and tripled funding to £13.5m.
— Welsh Government 🏴🇺🇦 (@WelshGovernment) May 17, 2022