Stephen Moss, one of the Guardian’s more thoughtful commentators, proposes today that we remodel British primary education along Finnish lines, by giving every five year-old an instrument to play.
He writes from personal experience:
Almost every other person you meet says one of their greatest regrets is that they didn’t learn to read music or play an instrument. That’s certainly true of me: there were no lessons on offer at my big comprehensive. Good though it was, it didn’t offer too many frills. It had enough to do getting you through the curriculum. There was no school orchestra; no tradition of teaching – properly teaching – music. The only real players there were – I remember an ace pianist and a very good trombonist – were middle-class kids being taught in private lessons paid for by their parents…
Read on here.