The Government should take steps to ensure that all primary schools have a piano, a Walsall Labour MP has said.
Valerie Vaz (Walsall South) cited Plato's theory of education during Commons education questions to stress the importance of music and also quoted research stating one in nine primary schools did not have a piano.
Addressing Education Secretary Michael Gove, she said: "He is aware of Plato's theory of education which said that musical training is one of the most important instruments in education.
"Is he also aware of the Institute of Education's research which found that one in nine primary schools don't have a piano. So could he ensure that he takes steps to ensure that all the primary schools have a musical co-ordinator and, more importantly, a piano?"
Mr Gove replied that the Government would "shortly" publish a national plan for music education which will "reform the delivery and funding of music education".
He said: "It will ensure that pupils have more opportunity to learn an instrument, to sing and to play in ensemble."
He added: "She's absolutely right that the wider provision not just of trained music teachers, but also of musical instruments, will ensure not just that more children have access to the greatest of all art forms, but also that more children as a result do better in every other subject as well."