Music in all schools

Bring back music to all schools.  It's a bit of a lottery currently - if your child is lucky, then they might have a class / nursery teacher who is a bit musical.  Later, if they are lucky, they might get into the wonderul SBC woodwind or brass programme. It's great for some, but it leaves hundreds of kids wtih little music in their school day - perhaps a song or two at assembly or one year of ukulele and then they never touch an instrument again.  Please prioritise music, it shouldn't be a luxury reserved for those who can afford it. Don't think of this as unimportant because you have "benchmarks to reach". Through music, children thrive, they achieve better results, and importantly, they will have a lifelong skill that can give them endless opportunites. 

Why the contribution is important

Having music as an integral part of the curriulum in everything the school does, having a music teacher in every school who can bring back school choirs; who will show all of the teachers the benefit of seeing music as an important part of life so that all children can have access to this; who can support all class teachers in what they do through music - all of this will result in:

Increased cognitive funtioning of children; enhanced social skills, improved manual dexterity, improved ability to concentrate, enhanced ability to to express themselves, enhanced ability to be resilient, and enhanced ability to function within a team. All of these are life skills that are crucial for the success of our next generation.   

by Gail on November 05, 2018 at 05:22PM

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  • Posted by Pattester November 06, 2018 at 21:02

    Music in Schools
    This should be at the choice of the pupil and NOT the teacher for example I am currently trying to get the Bagpipes and the Drums as part of the school curriculum we live in Scotland so we should give our kids the choice of playing traditional music and like a lot of private schools start their own pipe band please support me as I am hitting off brick walls all the time with people wanting to learn the standard instruments and not the unusual like the Pipes & Drums
  • Posted by RobMc November 07, 2018 at 08:49

    Integrating music to all schools will improve academic performance in all subjects and make the Borders a leader in this field, producing a legacy of musicians and artists. A very worthy investment.
  • Posted by jackiecouchman January 08, 2019 at 11:53

    100% behind investing in music for all in our schools. There are so many spin off benefits on so many levels. The benefits of music are well documented and include (but not limited to) language development, increased IQ, an excellent workout for the brain, reasoning, memory, spatial-temporal skills, improved test scores, improved self esteem, listening skills, being musical, maths skills, relieving stress, creativity. All benefits educationalists would welcome. It is an inclusive subject that all can engage in, no matter what their innate ability. Our children will be impoverished without it.
  • Posted by cp007 January 27, 2019 at 09:34

    Music helps Maths, well being and mental health. Research has shown children studying music do better in all other subjects. It's fun, life enhancing. The National Youth Orchestras and conservatoire are all geared for children from affluent backgrounds who can afford private tuition (£15 per half hour, per instrument) but every child has the capacity for music. Creative Industries is a massive industry in the UK and British Musicians and Conservatoire are revered all over the world. Our conservatoire RCS is winning awards and is a centre for excellence our theatres and concert halls need musicians and in theatre actor-musicians are the most sought after type of performer ('quadruple threat' - acting, dance, instrument and vocal abilities).
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