Jazz gives children a love of music;In brief

9th July 1999 at 01:00
JAZZ is inspiring children to play music. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, which pioneered a jazz syllabus a year ago, found that more than 1,200 pupils with the average age of 11, a critical age for taking up an instrument, have just completed grades 1-5 piano or exams for jazz ensemble. Earlier research by the board showed that only 10 per cent of 11-year-olds are likely to start learning to play. Tomorrow the National Festival of Music for Youth features a jazz jamboree at London's South Bank, ending with a jam session at 6pm with 250 children and professional players in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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