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Dr Fancourt Responds to a Report that Music ‘Could Face Extinction’

‘Music is a key to unlock a child’s potential in so many different areas that are vital to a successful and happy life; we must protect music provision within schools’

Dr Amy Fancourt, Head of Psychology at Queen Anne’s School and a leading member of the BrainCanDo team outlines her views as to why music provision in schools must be protected in her blog on the Independent Schools Council website in response to a BBC article.

Below is a just a few of the reasons Dr Fancourt gave to reinforce her view that music in schools is critical to a well-rounded education and that musical training ‘confers a number of advantages to other areas of life. To read the full blog, please click here .

“Musical training has been linked to improved emotional processing and to the ability to read the emotional tone in another’s voice. If we want to raise young people who are sensitive and socially intelligent then keeping music within the curriculum is a good start”

“Children who learn to play a musical instrument show more perseverance and resilience when faced with challenges. If we want our young people to leave school with the ‘soft skills’ that will help them succeed in life then begin this preparation through musical instruction”

“Learning to play a musical instrument sharpens the brain’s ability to track very small changes in sound. The ability to break down a stream of sound that constitutes words or syllables is an important skill for language learning. Children with musical training show a more robust capacity for tracking very fine-grained changes in sound and learning an instrument strengthens the auditory processing networks in the brain. If we want to improve language and literacy then musical training is one route to doing this”

These are just a few of the reasons according to Dr Fancourt for why music must be preserved in schools as it is so much more than a fun, extra activity outside of the more ‘academic’ subjects.