Music can play pivotal role for school children in post Coronavirus future

An article in the Times Education Supplement argues that music can make a huge positive impact on well being for children as they prepare to return to school.

  The positive impact of music making in schools puts smiles on faces...

An article published on-line in the Times Education Supplement has suggested that music will have a 'pivotal' role to play in children's school lives in the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.

Healing power

Written by Graeme Barclay, a former chair of Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland and a former convener of the EIS Music Network, he argues that three underlying principals will help children — echoing the thoughts of Sir Elton John who believes in the "healing power"of music.

Firstly, he states that music in schools can "empower children to believe in, celebrate and enjoy their inherent abilities"with simple to follow and inclusive music making activities.

He also suggests that music making outside the school confines also creates a "positive extracurricular, social and bonding environment for children and their families to enjoy"- as evidenced by the many outdoor performances of 'Over the Rainbow' by children to entertain neighbours and family in celebrating the work of NHS workers and carers.

The third strand of his argument is that he believes, "that involvement in and exposure to musical activities significantly affects children's wellbeing"4BR


The third strand of his argument is that he believes, "that involvement in and exposure to musical activities significantly affects children's wellbeing."

He states that music brings "escapism, resilience, inclusion, raised self-esteem, belief and, not least, enjoyment."

Scottish schools are due to return on 10th August.

Image — Lorne Campbell

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