The ability to access music education should be based purely on the ability to play, not the ability to pay. Music develops a child’s concentration, stimulates their intellectual development, builds confidence, raises aspiration and gives them a greater understanding and empathy for others. Furthermore, it is widely recognised that children who sing or play musical instruments perform significantly better in other lessons than their peers that don’t.
This is why at the 2015 Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring conference, we brought forward this motion on music education, calling for a national strategy on music education ensuring consistent provision across Wales and minimises financial barriers to music education as much as practically possible.
We are proud of the work Kirsty Williams AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has done in this area, introducing the National Endowment for Music, increasing access to musical opportunities for young people across Wales, and working with councils to make more musical instruments available.