Learning an instrument is a lottery

14th November 1997 at 00:00
Nigel Williamson is right to sound the alarm over the falling numbers of children learning an instrument using lottery money, or taxpayers' money. To buy thousands of new violins and cellos is no solution when the calibre of tuition is in some areas appallingly low.

What is needed, and has been for years, is a national review on the training of instrumental teaching and on the inspection of experienced musicians to ensure that good quality teaching is assured to every school. At present, it is pot luck whether a string teacher can really teach effectively, allowing so much time, energy, money and talent to be wasted by pupils and parents and schools.

IONA SHERWOOD-JONES 29 Knowsley Park Lane Prescot, Merseyside

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