It’s vital to let the music play on

27th November 2015 at 00:00

How time flies when you’re enjoying yourself. I can hardly believe it’s 10 years since the Dumfries and Galloway schools’ music service started delivering weekly instrumental music lessons to young people in rurally isolated schools via live interactive video conferencing. The service now also delivers weekly lessons to schools in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland via video conference. Amazing virtual partnerships with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan School of Music in New York have opened up an exciting window on the world for many young people.

Underpinning the programme is a belief in the importance of making music accessible to all young people. Opportunity for all is absolutely vital. Why? When Curriculum for Excellence was first published 11 years ago, people involved in teaching music realised that what CfE sought to achieve for learners was already in place in many music teaching settings. Young people involved in music activities feel their confidence grow, become effective contributors to their communities, take on responsibilities, and develop knowledge, skills and attributes for learning, life and work. For these reasons, it’s important for us to ensure access to quality music teaching for all learners.

Alan Cameron

Education officer, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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