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The key thing to bear in mind when considering the importance of music in education is that students can only learn if they possess a passion for music

vitally important. Understanding the way businesses operate is key whether you have dreams of becoming a DJ, producer, artist, song- writer or future executive. These are all things that should be covered off from the very beginning of an education in music, as ultimately, the music industry is a business like any other.

The provision of music education in the UK’s schools can be patchy, which means that students can sometimes be swayed away from their passion for music at an early age

When I first started out in the industry, it was a huge learning curve whilst on the job. I believe that if I had had more of grounding in the business side of music from an early age, I would have been able to learn a lot faster, and perhaps not made certain mistakes while I was figuring the industry out. This became even more evident as I moved up in the industry, as business orientated courses just didn’t exist even in higher education, which meant that when it came round to me hiring my own employees, they were missing some essential skills that should have been developed during their education. Nowhere

November 2015

were they able to take advantage of courses that offered the most relevant, up to date and future- thinking guidance needed to equip talent with the tools to make it in the industry. Investing in the next generations This is really what would make the difference. With the music industry today worth an average £4.5 billion to the UK economy, and the sheer amount and size of roles that exist within it endless, it is essential from an educational standpoint that we nourish and invest in the younger generations and fill the gap. We’ve seen some recent progression in higher education; with government policy changes that have meant old polytechnics were suddenly able to become legitimate universities with degree awarding powers. This has now led to more diverse courses being introduced in many new areas of the music industry, something that I’ve taken a particular interest in given my background in music education.

The key thing to bear in mind when considering the importance of music in education is that students can only learn if they possess a passion for music. This is how they can gain an understanding of the business side of the industry, particularly as the world of music is constantly undergoing change. This passion should be nurtured in the person at school by courses that really teach young people the power of music and how it can benefit their lives, so that later they’re able to forge a genuine career in the industry, whether it be as an executive, artist or producer. 27

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