Every Child a Musician commended by The Guardian newspaper for it's contribution in restoring music to children’s lives

A published letter to the Observer on Sunday 13th May 2018, cites Every Child a Musician as a fantastic example of restoring music to children’s lives in education. 

Past winners of the Young Musician prize warn that they are now deeply concerned that instrumental music learning is being “left to decay in many British schools”. They are calling for a universal right to learn an instrument that protects parents from any costs.

“Today, we are launching a campaign for every primary school child to be taught to play an instrument, at no cost to them or their families,” writes the group, which includes oboist and conductor Nicholas Daniel, violinist Nicola Benedetti, and cellis and reigning champion Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

“It is crucial to restore music’s rightful place in children’s lives, not only with all the clear social and educational benefits, but showing them the joy of making and sharing music. We are especially concerned that this should be a universal right. This is an opportunity to show the world that we care about music’s future and its beneficial impact on our children.”

They point to the Every Child A Musician (ECAM) scheme in the London borough of Newham, under which all primary school children are offered a free musical
instrument and taught how to read and play music in weekly lessons. The scheme costs £2m a year to run.

“We believe that every child deserves to enjoy the benefits of ECAM and other excellent schemes,” the past winners write. “There are cost-effective, efficient and
inspiring early-level interventions available, and we call upon the governments in Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff to join us in making this happen across the whole country.”

As Every Child a Musician grows from strength to strength, it is humbling to receive such recognition of our efforts at a national level. We look forward to supporting this campaign in any way we can in the future.

For further information about the Observer campaign and the full article please click the link below: 

Top musicians unite in call for all pupils to have the right to learn an instrument (The Guardian, May 2018)

 

“We believe that every child deserves to enjoy the benefits of ECAM and other excellent schemes,” the past winners write. “There are cost-effective, efficient and inspiring early-level interventions available, and we call upon the governments in Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff to join us in making this happen across the whole country.”

Former winners of the BBC Young Musician Award