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Education Secretary Michael Gove proposes to help young people learn music

The UK government has announced plans to examine measures to help young people learn music instruments.

Education Secretary Michael Gove is putting forward a review of music education which seeks to ensure all students are given the opportunity to learn an instrument.

The independent review, led by Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, also aims to improve the quality of live music experiences, boost music opportunities both in and out of school and attract more professional musicians to schools.

“All young people should have the chance to learn an instrument, read music and receive top quality music education,” Gove said.

“It’s a sad fact that too many children in state schools are denied the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. It is simply unfair that the joy of musical discovery should be the preserve of those whose parents can afford it.”

The review is expected to make its recommendations before the end of the year.