Keith Bruce: In defence of music lessons for children


Stephen Broad with composer Francis MacDonald on BBC Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped

ELOQUENT defence of music tuition for young people, based on personal experience, is not hard to find; solid data less so. For many, music became a life-long hobby, if never remotely a career, a root to self-confidence and self-discipline, a path to rewarding friendships and ways of working with other people.

There are mental and physical health benefits from learning to sing or play an instrument, but the easiest thing to appreciate is that music teaches how application is necessary to learn to do something well, and that attaining a level of ability can be a passport to whole new vistas of experience. The life lesson open to all through music is not replicated in the same way by anything else.

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