Classical Notes: How music lights up pupils' lives

Music lessons during class time have a very positive effect on the development of children.

12th October, 2014
Annit Biniu, 10, from St Colmcille's Girls' NS in Swords, with Jackson Wang, 13, from Divine Mercy SNS, Lucan, and Anthony Cronin, 8, from St Peter Apostle SNS, Neilstown, at the National Concert Hall for the launch of the Primary Strings Projecat initiative. Picture: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Music lessons during class time have a very positive effect on the development of children, improve confidence and increase self-esteem generally. That’s according to a report which monitored music’s effects on 2,000 pupils for well over a decade.

It found that the initiative in 23 schools in the wider Dublin area (mostly designated as Deis) was profoundly beneficial, with eight of the schools now having a school orchestra. Also, the percentage of...

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