Why Music matters in schools

Music as education speaks for itself and its voice is both distinctive and transformative.  A classroom education in music is critical in educational development and is the entitlement of every young person.  Making music makes a difference.


My most recent publication is:

Whittaker, A., Fautley, M., Kinsella, V. and Anderson, A. (2019) Geographical and social demographic trends of A-level music students. Birmingham: Birmingham City University.

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Dr. Anthony Anderson is a Research Assistant in Music Education in the Birmingham Music Education Research Group at the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education at Birmingham City University, UK  He is also a visiting lecturer at the university, teaching on Masters and PGCE courses.  He completed his PhD in January 2019 for which he researched music curriculum design in the lower secondary school.  He is also a freelance music education consultant and author and has worked across many music hubs and services in the UK.   He is a former secondary Head of Music and Performing Arts fin schools and believes that music is a transformative entitlement for all young people.