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October 19, 2006

Schools should bring back the singing of traditional songs

Yorkshire Post (UK):

Singing should be put back at the heart of primary school music activities through a nationwide campaign leading up to the 2012 Olympics.

Composer Howard Goodall said: "At one time we all sang, in pubs, places of worship and homes as well as schools. "We have lost that collective experience, which I think helped to knit our communities together.

"It is time to try and bring that back and the best place to start is in primary schools. We would love to see the development of a 21st century songbook for schools, containing songs that every child knew and sang."

Mr Goodall is a chairman of the singing group of the Music Manifesto, a coalition of more than 600 organisations and individuals in music education, which published a report yesterday. Ministers welcomed the report and said they would respond to its recommendations in due course.

Culture Minister David Lammy added: "I grew up in a house full of music, from Bob Marley to John Wesley. My choral scholarship to Peterborough was the launchpad for my life's trajectory." Schools Minister Andrew Adonis said music services and schools were to get 83m in 2007-2008.

Posted by acapnews at October 19, 2006 12:09 AM