Music: Assessments:Written question - 60149

Q
Asked by Tom Watson
(West Bromwich East)
Asked on: 16 January 2017
Department for Education
Music: Assessments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people took Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams in each of the last six years.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 19 January 2017

All 5-14 year old children in maintained schools should be taught to play a musical instrument as part of the National Curriculum.

The tables in the attachment show how many children were taught to play musical instruments through the music education hubs in each region in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

The Department does not hold information about the number of people who took Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams. The tables below have been taken from ABRSM’s website and show the number of people who took practical graded music exams in the UK and Ireland in 2013 and 2014. Further information on additional years may be available on request from ABRSM.

2013

Grade

Fail

Pass

Merit

Distinction

Grade 1

1,028

24,108

25,875

14,760

Grade 2

1,570

23,619

18,422

7,626

Grade 3

1,300

21,218

16,001

6,450

Grade 4

1,407

15,521

9,861

3,723

Grade 5

1,712

15,235

9,795

4,213

Grade 6

616

5,196

3,898

2,114

Grade 7

599

3,578

2,858

1,818

Grade 8

754

2,903

2,867

3,094

2014

Grade

Fail

Pass

Merit

Distinction

Grade 1

1,112

24,794

26,475

15,159

Grade 2

1,561

23,201

17,883

7,513

Grade 3

1,312

20,504

15,313

6,104

Grade 4

1,513

15,597

9,958

3,700

Grade 5

1,518

13,962

9,259

4,061

Grade 6

622

5,285

4,018

2,108

Grade 7

546

3,191

2,902

1,947

Grade 8

584

2,688

2,784

3,143

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