PORTSMOUTH MUSIC HUB Create, Achieve, Inspire
Letter from the Chair of the Hub Board ‘Why teach young people music?’ I recently googled this question hoping to find some inspirational piece of writing which would justify what we all think and suspect, that music isn’t given the same consideration as other core subjects such as maths, English and history. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and many other organisations make reference to well being, confidence, transforming lives with an array of quotes from the likes of Plato and Aristotle. Now I’m not suggesting otherwise, it would be foolish to challenge the transformational effect that music has on all of us. However, I want to ask a far more fundamental and basic question, why isn’t music education held in the same regards as these core subjects? There is a view, and I would point you to the great Sir Ken Robinson, which suggests that all young people are born creative and that our education system does its best to stamp this out by the time young people study for further or higher education. For example if we said to a group of teachers that English was no longer going to be taught at school, such a thought would rightly be greeted with abject horror. Inform the same group of teachers that music was no longer being taught in their school I suspect it would be met with a mixture of sadness and a sense of resignation. And yet music is said to be a language, it communicates across race, religion and creed. Most importantly it doesn’t recognise social barriers. I want music to be a core subject for all young people up to say the age of 14. I want young people to be creative and to explore the wonderful things that music provides, the ability to perform and the opportunity to enjoy. I know such thinking is a stretch for those guiding our young people’s education, however I’ve worked with young people who are at risk of falling out of education and I’ve learnt that music along with other art forms such as dance connects and draws them back in. At the Hub let’s promote the idea that music is crucial to a young person’s upbringing. Andy Grays - Chair CEO Portsmouth Cultural Trust
Autumn Term 2013 Newsletter & Update
This is the autumn edition of Portsmouth Music Hub newsletter.