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The Importance Of Music In Schools: The Bellevue Festival (North)

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Posted on 15th Mar 2018 by Nick Copestick

It’s always very sad to read the kind of article found in the TES this week (link here), detailing the decline of music teaching in UK schools. Edenhurst parents are well aware of the importance we attach to music as a subject, whether that be in class lessons, or as individual instrumental teaching. We know the various benefits to children in terms of their learning across the curriculum and how music can INSPIRE them to perform in public. As a school we are determined to keep high the profile of this crucial discipline.

So it was very rewarding for our children to be part of the Bellevue Music Festival for the Northern Schools at the Royal Northern College of Music earlier this week.

Over 30 pupils from the Prep forms took the coach up to Manchester for our allotted rehearsal slot and then were joined by nearly 150 others to practise the ‘joint’ schools’ items. It was great to see so many parents there too, supporting their children.

I was very proud of our children’s consistently excellent level of ACHIEVEment: Jazz group; ‘Cello duet; Piano solo; African drum group; Chamber Choir and the Festival Choir. Well done all of them!

Equally I could see that our children will have learned from watching the other schools’ items and have come back enthusiastically talking about what new instruments they want to play next!

A big thank you to the staff who accompanied us on the day and to Mrs Sandra Jones for NURTURING these childrens’ musical talents so well.

 

Nick Copestick
Headmaster