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Percussionist beats the drum for music teaching

A PERIPATETIC teacher of percussion is this year's Yamaha Scottish Instrumental Teacher of the Year. Chris I'Anson beat 19 other finalists to the pound;2,000 award, which since 1998 has recognised the dedication of more than 700 instrumental teachers in schools.

Mr I'Anson takes percussion and orchestras in three North Ayrshire primaries and secondaries.

The chairman of the jury, James Gourlay, of the Royal Northern College of Muic in Manchester, described him as "a talented and hugely enthusiastic young man who has managed to spread the joy of music-making to many young people, a skill that will stay with them throughout their lives".

Jim Park, chairman of the Heads of Instrumental Teaching in Scotland, said:

"The range and quality of all entrants in this year's awards demonstrate the vibrant nature of musicianship in Scottish schools."

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