Daily Telegraph report on the value of music education

The Daily Telegraph published this article on June 20th, in which it reports on efforts to implement a music education scheme based on ‘El Sistema’ in Venezuela. 

It states that there is clear evidence of the “cognitive, behavioural, emotional, therapeutic and social benefits” of music education, and further comments on the value of discipline and focused practice. The writer speaks of an “Amadeus mythology . . . in which musical talent is thought to be a divine gift to a few favoured souls,” and criticises the perception of classical music as an elitist, middle-class activity.

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