Musical Director Mark Elder feels that all Children Should be Taught to Read Music

Whether it is languages, numbers, sports or music, every child has a passion. It is up to us as teachers, to bring that passion out. However, it is also important that we give our pupils every chance to succeed, by allowing them to try everything at least once.

This is why musical director Mark Elder, believes that it is imperative that all children should be taught how to read sheet music; at least the basics. Reading sheet music, much like ESL or Braille, is a language not so often taught in schools, which can be a real shame.

What Puts Children off Learning Before they can even Start?

Imagine if you, as a child, wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument.

You buy the music books, the cleaning equipment, the case, even the instrument itself. You put it all together, you set up your stand, you open up a YouTube ‘teach yourself to…’ tutorial and the book and…stop. It’s in a completely different language. You can understand why it puts some children off

By incorporating sheet music into music lessons, even at a Primary School age, we can help children cultivate their passions at an earlier point in their life. Like every good passion, music won’t change the world, but it can change the world for one individual. So why not help that individual take the first step, by teaching them how to read?

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