Like many who have observed with horror the revelations and allegations that arose from the conviction of one eminent music teacher in Manchester, we have been casting around for context and perspective on whether the teaching of music is exceptionally at risk of sexual abuse and allegation.
Tomorrow, we will post a thoughtful essay on the subject by Robert Fitzpatrick, dean, the Curtis Institute of Music (1986-2009), a man of exceptional experience of the history and practice of music education. UPDATE: Read the essay here.
Today, the British press laid off the subject for the first time all week, with the exception of a sober report in the Daily Telegraph, which quoted our view of the situation:
“There is a culture of cover-up and denial at the English music schools, which are often concerned more for their reputation than for the children in their care,” says the author and critic Norman Lebrecht. “Ten years ago, when Nigel Kennedy spoke of abuse of girls in his class at the Yehudi Menuhin School, no investigation followed. More recently, when the headmaster of the Purcell School left under cover of darkness, the school said nothing. The schools, when challenged, close ranks, shut their eyes and hide behind lawyers. Until they change their culture, there will always be a risk of abuse.”