Video shows why we need music education in schools

This short film follows an elementary school music teacher in New York, demonstrating the tremendous role music programmes can play for young children.

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Music students are seen rehearsing. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

The five minute documentary follows Peter Mancini as he prepares a group of 9- and 10-year-old students for a spring concert in front of their friends and families. He eloquently sums up the benefits of music programmes in school, noting that his aim is to help the kids improve their lives through music and encourage them to pursue their dreams.

We see the young musicians learning Händel, as Mancini expresses his wonder that a piece written in 1740 is creating such enthusiasm among his students.

Some of the students also talk about how music impacts their daily lives. It’s particularly inspiring to hear them explain how music makes them happy and enables them to relax when things get tough.

All in all, a powerful argument in favour of doing all we can to promote music education programmes for children.