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Music education ‘can improve reading & language skills’

Here at the Two Moors Festival, we do a lot each year to support music education in the south-west of the UK, doing workshops in schools, running our Young Musicians Platform Competition and many other initiatives.

And we’ve just come across a new study conducted by the American Psychological Association that suggests that through such training – be it classical music or otherwise – disadvantaged children can give their language and reading skills a serious boost.

As lead author of the study Nina Kraus says: “Research has shown that there are differences in the brains of children raised in impoverished environments that affect their ability to learn. While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset this academic gap.”

Many of the pupils that took part in the piece of research are part of the LA-based Harmony Project, which offers instruments to students who rehearse or take musical lessons totalling over five hours a week.

Do you think music helped you be a better student?

To find out how the Two Moors Festival helps to support music education in the south-west, visit our website today.

BBC Ten Pieces to boost classical music education

We here at the Two Moors Festival do all we can to promote classical music education in the south-west through workshops in schools, and we’re always pleased to hear of other schemes designed to teach young children about this particular genre of music.

So we’re very much looking forward to watching and listening to the BBC’s Ten Pieces, a year-long initiative due to start in the autumn that includes five BBC orchestras and intends to open up the world of classical music to kids and help inspire them to come up with their own creative responses to various pieces through dance, music and digital art.

The scheme is due to launch on October 6th with a week of free cinema screenings across the UK to introduce ten classical works, played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

It has been conceived to offer support to the music curriculum, helping to teach children about composers and the art of performing – which we think is a brilliant, and perhaps much needed, development. Anything that helps introduce classical music to a greater audience is welcome in our book, so don’t forget to tune in if you can.

And to find out more about how the Two Moors Festival supports music education in the south-west, visit our website today.