Children should have more experience playing music, say half of UK adults

August 1, 2017
CLASSICAL FM / 1 August 2017, 09:46 By Lizzie Davis In a survey carred out by YouGov, 47 per cent of people surveyed said more children should be inspired to learn an instrument and have experience playing music. The research, which was commissioned by Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham, also found that 39 per cent of UK adults thought music should feature more prominently on the school curriculum. By contrast only 11 per cent thought ‘classical music is too often dumbed down’. There was a difference in opinion across the generations: the percentage of people who thought music should be taught more at school rose to 50 per cent in the over 55s. Meanwhile, 37 per cent of under 25s said ‘elitist language and traditions that make it appear aloof need to end’ (across all age groups 33 per cent of people agreed with this statement). Almost a third of the respondents in this age group also said classical music ‘needs to have greater appeal to a multi-cultural society / ethinic minorities.’ Two fifths of people who responded to the survey said they thought ‘concerts need to be performed outside stuffy concert halls and in more everyday places’. A total of 2,023 people were surveyed online by YouGov. Richard Hawley, head of artistic programming at Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham, who ordered the research, said: “Far from being a mainstream nonentity, people do really seem to care about classical music having a future, which is encouraging. There are changes that need to be made, and we at THSH believe now is the time to take risks and be brave. We take all of our audience’s opinions seriously, but particularly those of people under 25 who’ll be running the show before we know it.”

Key of life: music gives children academic edge and social skills

April 3, 2015

By: Emma Cowing

IN THE summer of 2003, a community newspaper in Toronto carried an advert offering free weekly arts lessons to six-year-olds. For 36 weeks the children attended classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the city, where half were taught to play keyboard, and half were given drama lessons.

Before they started they were given IQ tests, alongside a group of six-year olds receiving no arts lessons at all. At the end of the year, their IQs were tested again. For the children learn...

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Let the Children Play music lesson campaign success

September 7, 2013

ON 2 September last year, violinist Nicola Benedetti told this newspaper: “The last thing that should get in the way of children making music is money.”

Her comments were accompanied by exclusive Scotland on Sunday figures showing that a shocking 24 local authorities across Scotland were charging children between £95 and £340 per year to learn a musical instrument.

No fewer than 11 councils had increased fees for the new school year, while five local authorities were also ch...

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Instrumental Music Tuition in Scotland

September 7, 2013


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Scottish schools to get extra £1m for musical instruments

December 22, 2012

Schools are to be given an extra £1m by the Scottish government to buy musical instruments for pupils.

Ministers will also set up a working group to look at music tuition fees, which can vary across councils.

Among issues it will examine is the question of charges for pupils sitting SQA music exams.

The EIS teaching union, which has been campaigning for "fair access" to music education for pupils in all parts of Scotland, welcomed the announcements.

Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan said ever...

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Music for all: Scotland on Sunday’s campaign for free tuition

September 12, 2012
"TODAY Scotland on Sunday launches Let The Children Play, a campaign for free instrumental music tuition for every Scottish school child.

It comes after an investigation revealed 11 local authorities across Scotland have raised their fees for the 2012-13 school session – meaning children are being charged more than ever before to learn a ­musical instrument"

Read the full article from The Scotsman here

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Charging for musical tuition in Scotland’s schools ‘is extra tax on parents’

September 12, 2012
Music Tuition in Scotland is always a subject in debate.
How do we make it broadly available for all children independently of their family income?
How do we achieve a quality music education throughout?
Do we need a more consistent music education through primary and secondary schools?
When should a child start to learn music and an instrument?
Who should pay the costs of a proper education?

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