Music in Schools (1960)

Music in Schools (complete)

Music in Schools (1960)

London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1960
Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.

Notes on the text


Music in Schools, first published in 1956, was number 57 in a series of booklets published by the Ministry of Education during the decade since its establishment in 1945.

The booklet online

The complete booklet (the second edition, published in 1960) is presented in a single web page. You can scroll through it or use the links provided to go straight to the various sections.

I have corrected a couple of printing errors and changed double speech marks to singles: otherwise the text is shown exactly as printed. The photographs appear, as in the printed version, on unnumbered pages between pages 22 and 23.

The formatting of the text (bold, italics, centred etc) is a reasonably accurate representation of the printed version, but the pages presented here are not exact facsimiles of the original: the font (Times, Arial etc) and size of print - and therefore the number of words to a line and lines to a page - are determined by the settings you have chosen for your web browser. However, the page breaks are correct. In other words, if something is shown here as being on, say, page 103, you can be sure it appeared on page 103 in the original.

The page headers (booklet title on the left hand pages, chapter title on the right) have been omitted.

Summary of the booklet's content

  • the introductory chapter gives a brief history of music teaching in schools;
  • chapters 2 to 4 cover music in primary schools, secondary schools and special schools;
  • chapter 5 deals with junior schools of music - 'the many activities, whatever names they may go by, which are organised by local education authorities to supplement for one reason or another the tuition given in the schools';
  • chapter 6 covers festivals and concerts, including competitive and non-competitive musical festivals, concerts by professional orchestras, and combined school concerts;
  • the appendix makes recommendations about the types of accommodation and equipment necessary for music teaching.

Music in Schools and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The text was uploaded on 21 December 2008; the notes on 11 November 2012.

Music in Schools (complete)