Music education in Wales is to be reviewed following concerns about patchy access for children.
Last year, Welsh composer Karl Jenkins accused the assembly government of "abdicating its responsibility" to young music makers.
A panel of experts will be put together with a brief to examine the areas for improvement in music education.
The assembly government said the expert group would first meet in September to look at the issue.
The panel will provide an overview of the current state of music education from within the curriculum and the out-of-hours provision for children aged three to 19.
It will also map the current support being given by local authorities identifying best practice and assessing where there are gaps and overlaps.
The extent of how music is used to improve learners' health and well-being will also be assessed by the group.
The Welsh assembly government is to review music lesson provision following concerns about patchy access for children
But it- will be told by the assembly government that any recommendations will need to take into account the present constraints on public finances.
Between 1999 and 2005 the assembly government-backed Music Development Fund provided £17m, financing a growth in musical activities by 60,000 young people through workshops and master classes.
Since then, however, funding for music is no longer "ring-fenced". Now it comes out of general funding for Wales' 22 local authorities.
Three years ago former music advisor Helena Braithwaite organised a letter to First Minister Rhodri Morgan signed by Karl Jenkins and more than 30 other Welsh music stars, including Bryn Terfel, conductor Owain Arwel Hughes, harpist Catrin Finch and indie rock group Super Furry Animals.
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