(Post made at 1220 UK time on 28 Dec 2017 in a personal capacity. Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).
In today’s world in which very many children have a very short attention span and very often call out/take a sip from a water bottle, taking part in a group musical activity (such as a choir or a wind/brass/string/percussion band, or an orchestra, or even “just” a series of call and response musical games in a class setting) offers many life skills that will stand them in very good stead in their future working and family life. Here are just a few that come to mind:
- Working as a team
- Discipline (both self discipline and of the group)
- Respect for others with different skills
- An appreciation that to produce excellent results, hard work is (usually) required.
I hope both that the pendulum starts swinging the other way, and that more and more headteachers and politicians appreciate the importance of music.