There is a perception that arts and music are not important enough subjects to follow as a career path.
This is damaging to the economy at a time when employers are crying out for candidates who are creative. The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, realised the importance of creativity, design and imagination. Not one to hire computer geeks, he hired artists, musicians and poets who were fascinated by how things work. Conductor Simon Rattle said “passionate musicians come from passionate five year olds”. Let us, as educationalists ensure that our passionate five year olds can become passionate musicians as well as passionate citizens and ensure that the arts don’t play second fiddle.