Youth Music, a national charity, says schools need to "shake up" the way music is taught, following a new study.
The study concluded that exchanging classical music for grime, hip hop and electronic music could help improve attendance among disengaged pupils, support their personal and social development, and reduce expulsions.
Matt Griffiths, chief executive of the charity, said: "We've seen the benefits of students exchanging Mozart for Stormzy as part of a re-imagined music curriculum.
"Schools can offer an inspirational music curriculum that better supports social and emotional well-being, the music industry talent pipeline grows and is more diverse, and young people's lives in music are completely connected both in and out of school."
Popular music genres currently remain completely absent from most UK classrooms, despite artists like Stormzy using his work to address social issues.
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