"..hugely insulting slur on Secondary teachers who have to pick up the pieces of the **** that masquerades as education in state primary schools in this country." No-one disputes that there are primaries where they don't have specialist music teachers and who struggle to provide a decent music education. But who in their right minds suggests that secondary teachers are all doing a great job? My local secondary certainly isn't. I regularly have year 9 children telling me they're doing "what we did with you in year 5". I hear the same from other schools - we work to provide a stimulating and thorough music curriculum and the secondary school spends lessons designing CD covers. I used to send on 34 children each year who could mostly read music to grade 2+ standard, all play in a band and sing in 3 parts. What did they do at secondary? very little except lose interest and go backwards.