This leads from another thread. After 9 years in formal education, 3 years in secondary school, national curriculum requirements to include notations of various sorts and, for most opting to take GCSE Music, some sort of instrumental lesson and extra-curricular activity, why is it that, if the comments on this forum are to be believed, their are pupils who have opted to take music in Key Stage 4 who are unable to read music? Is it bad teaching or stupid pupils? Sorry, I really can't think of any other reasons. And why, after all that time and effort, are these pupils allowed to opt for a subject which requires specialist skills? If you are unable to read words and make sense of them in context would you be allowed to take English Literature? Would someone who cannot write a word of French be allowed to opt for French? Would someone incapable of turning on a computer be encouraged to opt for ICT? Why is it music has so many who clearly haven't acquired the most basic of skills by the end opf Key Stage 3 (this, of course, doesn't correspond with figures reported by schools in their levelling of students) and why are GCSE classes filled with people who cannot understand notation? Just WHAT are state school music teachers up to?