Music has been a vital part of Felix Meston’s life since the age of 9. Before then, it was football. Picking up an instrument for the very first time was a turning point. From an early age it taught him how to focus, be creative and be part of a team. Despite his newfound passion, unfortunately the music department of his secondary school had recently failed its Ofsted inspection.
Music education has long been seen as an “extra-curricular” activity to the core curriculum. Worryingly, research has shown that in the five years to 2016-17, the number of schools offering GCSE music has fallen to 79%. Despite music being compulsory under the National Curriculum, only 62% of schools are offering it to 13-14-year olds.
Felix has recently taken up a trustee and board position with The Voices Foundation, a 25 year-old charity dedicated to providing schools with a better provision of music education. Crucially they train teachers in musicianship and equip them with the same skills, confidence and resource materials given to core subjects. Through this charity work Felix hopes to provide many children with the same life-affirming moment he had aged 9.