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    Music Education

    I was lucky enough to learn the recorder at school, to have regular singing lessons, and to have the chance to learn the violin thanks to a special scheme run by my local education authority.

    Now, though, with a much bigger official curriculum to deliver, I often read of teachers saying that music education is not as good as it could be in the UK.

    This has led to greater inequality - if you want to learn an instrument, your parents need to be motivated and to have or to find the money to get you private lessons.

    Even in the 1980s, when I was teaching in Nottingham, the local orchestras were dominated by children whose parents could afford to buy them independent (i.e. private) schooling.
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    What was your experience of music education in your own schooling, dear reader. Are you happy with it, looking back - or do you have any suggestions to improve it?

    This thread might give you some ideas.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whatever_(slang)
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    Music education can be life-changing in poor countries.

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    When I taught in junior schools, I made singing part of the children's learning - e.g. learning songs about the bible stories I was teaching, or shanties because we were doing a project on sailing ships. Copying out lyrics could be made part of handwriting practice, and so on.

    The children seemed to respond very well to that.
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    One of the nice things about my own education was 'Singing Together', a radio programme for junior schools where each term we learned songs from a little song book. I can still remember some of the songs - 'My Dearest Kate' and 'Let us dance upon the hay', for example, still make me smile.
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    Another good item in my musical education was 'the percussion band', where we seven year olds were equipped with tambourine and triangle and we tapped or tinged our way through some piano-led tunes. It was great fun - but my sense of time is still pretty weak, so I don't think it can have done much good.

    In schools that take music seriously, there are a lot more instruments available for young children - even forty years ago, when I started out teaching, there were glockenspiels, for example, and now the ukelele has pretty much taken over from the recorder.

    Not sure about the last step, actually...
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    From an Australian Music Teachers' Website - so true!

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    so very very true. but so rewarding to watch them go from a screech to beautiful smooth sound. I remember my viola/string bass days.
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    Singing Together & William Appleby - part of my past, and I'm grateful.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30210485
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    We've seen recorders and we've seen ukeleles as a general instrument for use in schools. Recently I 'rehomed' a small electric keyboard to my friend for use with her grandchildren, and I remembered how I used to work out tunes on my gran's piano - writing the notation down as numbers in the key of (middle) c - and I'm sure that helped develop my ear. In this day and age, every child could have his/her own small piano keyboard and learn the main notes and from there possibly graduate to a bigger piano.
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