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A few words from Marion Musry, Founder & CEO of SymbolSmash

I believe that there should be a permanent place for Classical Music Appreciation in todays’ homes and classrooms. Many question the relevance of classical music and perhaps consider it pretentious. Others fail to recognise the importance of music lessons in schools – understandable when test scores focus on Maths, Science and English. There are the academic subjects, and then there are the arts. But why should the two be separate?

When I began teaching 20 years ago, it became evident that, taught with an academic, cross-curricular approach, school music lessons help increase performance in all other subject areas, and so become a necessary part of the school curriculum. Making learning inspiring through accessible classical music for modern children helps with speech and language skills, concentration and coordination, instils an inner confidence and teaches children to listen on an intellectual level from the beginning.

Classical Appreciation classes are like a magic button for children with learning difficulties, and challenges such as Autism. Listening, learning and responding through music provide these children with a different platform for communication and expression. This builds connections between the child, teacher and parent, all learning to work as a team. Collaboration with other children through the lesson activities becomes enjoyable, and the musical context removes pressures of ‘conforming’ to certain behaviours.

It is time for all children from all backgrounds to be given the opportunity to love and learn through classical music. This is something I hope to achieve through SymbolSmash.

Sincerely,

Marion Musry

Founder & CEO

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