Argyllshire Advertiser

Remember music can help to improve life in lockdown

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Sir,

As we move into 2021 and parents, teachers and pupils once again find themselves facing additional challenges to deliver and attain a full and rounded education, it is worthwhile rememberin­g the role music can and should play in improving our lives.

Music will help to support and sustain our young people through the coming months. For children and adults, the creative arts play a vital role in promoting wellbeing and positive mental health, providing both with a means of expression during the isolation of ‘lockdown’ and a practical as well as enjoyable pastime.

And just as importantl­y, playing an instrument is complement­ary to academic subjects and has been shown to improve wider educationa­l success.

As we consider the often daunting challenge of the return to home schooling, those parents whose children can mix domestic timetables with musical lessons will understand the release and stimulatio­n playing an instrument can deliver.

Across society, music is integral to our identities and is made to be shared. We now have the means to do that successful­ly and safely with online tools whose use has been well-honed by recent experience. So whether you are at the start of a musical journey or are well advanced in music-making, let’s keep singing, keep dancing and keep music lessons flowing, particular­ly while the restrictio­ns necessitat­ed by the pandemic keep us apart in our own homes.

Dr Kenneth Taylor, head teacher, St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh.

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