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In an interview with The Scotsman, the virtuoso violinist has said music should be as central to children’s education as maths and English.
“Needing the child’s approval for what they do in school is just such an alien concept when you’re talking about maths, science, history or English,” she said, “but, suddenly, when you bring music into the mix, it’s: ‘Oh no, we can’t show them anything that they don’t instantly love because that would be like forcing children into something that they don’t want to do.’ It just bemuses me.”
She went on to say: “It actually really upsets me when people say: ‘Kids hate listening to a symphony, why would we do that to them?’
“I think, hang on a minute, if you were to turn round and say to a kid: ‘Would you like to play video games or would you like to have a maths lesson?’ Of course, they’re going to go for the video games.”
In the interview with The Scotsman she said: “Children should be exposed to anything that has the sophistication and breadth of unbelievable content that classical music does, just as I think they should be exposed to the greatest books ever written.
“You’re not just developing concentration and focus in order to try to understand the music. You are also getting something that has life lessons, has beauty, has uplift and joy and sorrow and tragedy – all the things that you will have to deal with in your life at some point.”
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