Children must have a right to music
Every school age child should have
the chance to learn a musical instrument, said the
STUC, as it called on the Scottish Government and
local authorities to roll back cuts in the service
and hikes in charges.
Seconding a Musicians' Union motion,
UNISON's John Stevenson said that the chance to
learn a musical instrument is crucial to encouraging
"Many of us here will have had
the chance to try out musical instruments at school
- not because we already had an aptitude - but so
we could find out if we did", said John.
"No risk. We could do it free
and many a musician will have been discovered that
"But what if that service wasn't
there? Or it was rationed due to cuts, like the
50% cut in Fife? Or you had to face a hike in charges
like in South Lanarkshire or a 14% rise like in
Angus or almost doubled like in Highland?
"A whole generation of young
people would miss the opportunity to discover making
John pointed out that children who
play an instrument do better educationally and socially.
"School is not just about training
people to become wage slaves. It should be about
learning experiences, about learning to think, about
discovering talents. It should be about being allowed
And John concluded, "The years
of enjoyment I've got from the chance to learn an
instrument is probably only matched by the years
of pain of those around me, right enough - but it
is an opportunity every child should have."
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