According to a former director of music at a south London school, the combination of sustained cuts to school budgets and a burgeoning teacher recruitment crisis threatens to be calamitous for music education.
MI-Pro website editor, Laura Barnes, says: “It is time to make music lessons accessible for every child.”
According to a recent research report, Sistema Scotland’s social change programme in Aberdeen – Big Noise Torry – has enhanced participants’ ability to learn in school, improved academic and behavioural skills, boosted school attendance rates, and improved their emotional wellbeing.
Dr Nina Kraus explains the vital role of music in learning at this ARTSpeaks event in Illinois in 2017.
A study by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia found that musically trained children had better melody, rhythm, and frequency discrimination, and were better at statistical learning.
A useful infographic about the relationship between music education and brain development, thanks to Ward-Brodt Music Store, Wisconsin, USA.