ArtsEqual policy brief about music education at schools
Photo: Marja-Leena Juntunen
In the Finnish comprehensive schools the attitudes of principals have been shown to play a signicant part in decisions concerning optional subjects in curricula, after-school club classes and the distribution of resources. Even though a majority of school principals in Finland see music as an important subject for the growth and development of a child, its status in the comprehensive school curriculum has declined in recent years. Equal rights for students to receive high quality basic education in music can be ensured by improving the level of and resources for teaching and learning.