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Business News (more headlines) 05-12-2014

Musicians' Union Supports Music Teacher Campaigns

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The MU is supporting campaigns by Music Teachers in Cornwall and on the Isle of Wight to oppose Council cuts which would lead to the loss of 92 teaching jobs in total and the loss of quality music teaching for young people living in rural areas.

On the 26th April, the MU joined up to 250 protestors in a rally and open air concert in St Thomas' Square, Newport, Isle of Wight following councillor Steve Priest's comments on BBC South Today saying he would be "looking for musicians in the area to teach our children as volunteers as there are many people who can play instruments".

The MU's National Organiser for Education and Training, Diane Widdison, says:

'As part of this Government's idea of "Big Society" they appear to think that they can use the newly set up Music Hubs as a smokescreen for cutting teachers' jobs.

'Music teachers are highly trained, skilled professionals and the idea that they can adequately be replaced with volunteers is absurd and can only be detrimental to the young people of the area.'

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