Everybody does sing in...;Music for the Millennium

24th April 1998 at 01:00
WALES

The musical life of British children is at risk, a major TES survey reveals. Dorothy Lepkowska reports

Six out of ten Welsh pupils spend at least an hour on music every week - significantly more than their peers in other parts of the country.

Welsh children also benefit from greater teacher expertise in their music learning than youngsters elsewhere. Sixty-two per cent of schools use a combination of teacher and music co-ordinator in the classroom, while 15 per cent rely on the co-ordinator.

And more than half - 53 per cent - receive free instrument tuition.

Welsh teachers are also more inclined to believe that music plays an important role in the life of the school, with 83 per cent overall claiming it is crucial or very important.

The findings from the pricipality reflect the intentions of the Welsh Office to safeguard a broader curriculum.

A spokeswoman said that the inclusion of music and singing was crucial to the curriculum, which emphasises Welsh language, history and cultural tradition.

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