Violinist Nicola Benedetti: “Music needs a more prominent place in the stringent education system”

The Scottish virtuoso argues for music and the arts to be at the heart of schools.

“Music is one of those very mystical, profound and encompassing creations of all human existence”, says violinist Nicola Benedetti. In fact, she believes so much in the power of music, she’s launching a new foundation to promote music teaching, education and understanding around the country.

Nicola Benedetti on music education in the UK

In the interactive live session, Nicola was asked by followers about music education in the UK. She said “There are far too many that see the music and the arts as something that sits outside of what we should learn at school. We need to understand the bedrock of art, culture and music and to give that a far more prominent place in the quite stringent education system.”

She went on to tell viewers on Facebook that she hopes that her foundation can help deepen what music education actually is. It isn’t just about scraping away at a violin or blowing a trumpet, or practising scales, she says, it’s about the physical, emotional and civic embodiment of the art.

“I think the fundamental building blocks of music, the way you can experience creativity, understand polyphony, experience harmony, rhythm, the messing together of sounds and the collective experience. That’s something that the entire country can participate in and something that can be done so much better than it’s done now. Music has an impact on everything you do.”

What is The Benedetti Foundation?

The Benedetti Foundation is all about using music to provide enrichment, inspiration and variation to the UK’s education system and communities around the country, working with teachers and young musicians. The core of the foundation is a series of orchestra-based weekend workshops called The Benedetti Sessions.

What about the situation in our country?

Our educational reform shortly vanished the importance and diminiuated the weight that music has in our schools.

Actually from 2 hours a week it is now reduced with one hour a week. If former Minister Nikolla understood how badly she did to our education system she maybe would have condamned herself.

This brings to the attention once again that reforms are not done by taking open consultations with specialists or at least relying on some positive experiences of more developed countries.

The misfortune of our society lies in the fact that the oppression for 45 years of the past system has left us still scared to protest and raise our voice againts the defects inflicted by the ignorants, even though they are almost becoming a majority.

Nestor Kraja

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