How can music in school benefit your child's education?

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Having studied and enjoyed music for most of my life, I am always keen to embrace the joy that it brings to myself and to others around me.  Nearly everyone enjoys some form of music, whether it is listening to it, singing or playing some form of instrument. 

Unfortunately, due to significant budget cuts, many schools are losing the vital funding needed to support children with their music education programmes. 

According to the Economist, ‘The country’s music industry is worth £4.4bn a year’ however, only ‘one in 20 pupils took music GCSE last year' (2017). The BBC also released some disappointing figures last year, including how music is now only compulsory in 62% of schools. This seems such a shame as music can benefit and enrich the lives of children and adults alike. 

Just a few of the reasons why music is so important in a child’s education can include the following:  

  • Improves self-confidence
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Expands vocabulary
  • Sense of achievement
  • Develops language
  • Increased coordination
  • Creative thinking
  • Emotional development

I feel fortunate enough to have enjoyed music throughout my life and feel that I benefitted immensely from the passion of my teachers and accessibility to music. 

Are you looking to get your child, or even yourself into music in Kent? https://www.kent-music.com/ is a great place to start! 

Here at Connect2Staff, I work with Primary Schools and teachers across Kent, so if you are a school looking to recruit a music specialist, or any other subject specialist, be sure to contact me at lisa.bramley@connect2staff.co.uk

Lisa Bramley

Principal Consultant  
Specialisms: Education
Tel: 01622 236941
 
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