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

Posted by Rocio Banyuls on Friday, 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

Posted by Rocio Banyuls on Saturday, September 7, 2013,
by EMMA COWING

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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Scottish schools to get extra £1m for musical instruments

Posted by Rocio Banyuls on Saturday, 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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