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Can music light learning fuse in Warwick?

Emscote Infants School,year two pupils,Oscar,Hermione, and Fern  having lessons from Maura Barnett (county music services) teaching upbeat violin classes whole.

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Emscote Infants School,year two pupils,Oscar,Hermione, and Fern having lessons from Maura Barnett (county music services) teaching upbeat violin classes whole. MHLC-28-11-13 violin Nov35

More than 100 children have been given an introduction to violin lessons at a Warwick school thanks to a charity.

These Emscote Infants pupils are among 70 being taught at the school this year.

They are following in the steps of 60 others who received weekly lessons last year - all funded by the little known St Mary’s Hall Trust.

Jon Queralt, associate headteacher at Emscote, said: “‘Seeing the concentration on the children’s faces makes me realise that learning music is different to the way they learn handwriting, or science.

“They have to give it a lot of thought over a sustained period.

“But without the subsidy from this Warwick charity we could not afford to subsidise these lessons from the County Music Service.”

Mr Queralt believes the introduction at such a young age can “light a fuse” of interest for some children which has a knock-on effect to all other learning.

He said: “In the same way that dance, or karate lessons might enthuse a child, this is yet another way to offer an enriched curriculum.”

Music is already a passion at Emscote.

Tomorrow (Sat) 40 of the five and six year-olds will be singing in Coventry city centre between 3pm and 5pm.

They have reached the finals in the Free Radio choral competiton - the only school in the county to make the top three.

Teaching assistants Paula McLean and Ryan Collier have been coaching the choir and are taking them to sing Mary’s Boy Child and On A Starry Night in the competition.

They are up against a primary school from Eastern Green and a prep school in the city centre.

St Mary’s Hall Trust has connections with the church and its trustees are particularly keen to promote musical education.

But they also offer grants towards sports and other activities.

Spokesman Roger Wyatt said: “The trustees are conscious of the cutbacks in the County Music Service and that, without grant aid, many of the town’s schoolchildren would receive very little musical education.”

Those entitled to free school meals may also get subsequent help with tuition fees.

Teaching assistants Paula McLean and Ryan Collier have been coaching the choir and are taking them to sing Mary’s Boy Child and On A Star

 

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