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  1. @vanessa Fascinating. This is the point, the relegation of the arts and music in education, that Ken Robinson was making in his famous TED Talk. Back in the 60s/70s some schools even made records – these are now highly collectible. I have a CD called Classroom Projects which is great, some of it is quite avant garde! I heard about the CD on a Radio 4 documentary called The School is Full of Noises which was presented by Ian McMillan and is still available on BBC iPlayer. Well worth a listen. I couldn’t imagine living without music and not playing instruments. That’s what keeps me sane! 🎵

  2. @Cassinato I’ll have a listen to that, thanks. I’m the same as you, music very much keeps me in balance. And, although I’m not a teacher, I very strongly believe that it should be an integral part of early education. I went to an excellent primary school, where music was always part of the day. I’m still in touch with one of my teachers, who used to write songs for us. He has uploaded some recordings of our school assemblies to Soundcloud – that brought back so many memories. We all joined in, from banging a drum, donging a chime bar, to playing guitars, piano and singing. Music is such a great outlet for children and, when done right, it can be completely inclusive – and for some children with different abilities music therapy can be life-changing. Yeah, something I feel quite strongly about.

  3. @klandwehr You’re fortunate, all I have is a recorder that I got in Primary 2 (2nd year of elementary school). No tapes or records 🙁 I think that those early recorder lessons gave me my lifelong enthusiasm for playing instruments. 🎸 🎷

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