Shared from the TES

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.

William Congreve once said that “music has charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak”. With so much concern – and valid concern at that – about the vulnerable mental state of pupils, we need to be particularly vigilant in the current climate of austerity-first to shield music and art in our schools from cuts.

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