Today's episode is going to address a number of important questions, but most importantly, in attempt to justify music as a subject in the curriculum of secondary schools (primarily in the UK) we will look this trendy campaign slogan of 'Music for All' and really why 'music for all' is a thing that should matter to all.
The main takeaways of the episode:
Why music should be accessible to all and studied in secondary schools:
Music should be studied for the sake of music - a unique art form
It is part of the basic human design - music is a primitive primary trait
It might not be accessible to disadvantaged learners otherwise - for educational justice and equitable access
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