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Making music matter: music education strategy for London 2010-2012

Greater London Authority (GLA)
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  • Education
  • Musicology


Making music matter Music Education Strategy for London 2010-2012 March 2010 Greater London Authority March 2010 Published by Greater London Authority City Hall The Queen’s Walk More London London SE1 2AA enquiries 020 7983 4100 minicom 020 7983 4458 ISBN 978-1-84781-340-4 Copies of this report are available from Printed on Evolution Satin paper: 75 per cent recycled fibre content; 25 per cent virgin fibre, 10 per cent FSC sourced; FSC and NAPM certified. 3 Foreword I want every young Londoner to have the opportunity to play, listen to and enjoy music, regardless of their background. Music education can have a transformative impact on young people; enriching the mind, giving knowledge and understanding, teaching valuable skills and discipline, and importantly, providing a source of lifelong pleasure. As Confucius said ‘Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without’. It is still the case, sadly, that many families in London cannot afford access to instruments or the kind of teaching that young people need to develop their talent. We can also do more to show young people that music education – particularly for orchestral instruments – is not elitist and can be for them. There are many local music services, orchestras, arts organisations, charities and schools which do excellent work. This strategy sets out how we will champion them, help them to grow and reach out to more Londoners. I welcome the involvement of many partners in this effort to make music education truly accessible to all. Boris Johnson Mayor of London 4 Making music matter © v is itl on do ni m ag es /b rit ai no nv ie w /S te ph en M cL ar en 5 London is home to many of the world’s most important musicians, bands, orchestras, music colleges and industry players. Our musical landscape is virtually unparalleled: we have more music venues

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