As a mother of a talented musician, aged 10, the problem. Whenever I went into a secondary school music dept , for our older sons, I was greeted by a self made poster stating crochet counts one, minim counts two, semi breve 4 and wait for it dotted crochet counts 1.5. Our LEA ensembles give choirs and groups CD's for practice. How the hell are they supposed to learn to read music let alone sight read? They learn songs in choirs from a sheet of lyrics, no music. My daughter knew more than her primary teacher when she was at school, and I know this to be the case at many secondary schools. Ok, I know she is the exception but the system is really failing in the provision of music. I know many of you do the best with what you have and my main gripe isn't with you. Well apart from the counting of notes bit. Children learn fractions at an early age and can understand whole note, half note, quarter, eighth etc.