Nicola Benedetti: ‘Music teaching is vital to a child’s education’


Leading violinist Nicola Benedetti has spoken widely about the state of music education in schools, the essential role of music in our day-to-day lives, and why we need to do more to celebrate our country’s teachers. In this article, Classic FM reports on the virtuoso’s passionate belief about the need for better music education in schools…

In a speech held at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in London, the violin virtuoso drew on her time spent campaigning for better music provision in some of England and Scotland’s most underprivileged schools.

“Any one moment can flick a switch and turn a tide. Each moment with someone young can be that moment for them – when they choose hope over apathy or choose to persevere over giving up,” she says, speaking to members of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the wider classical music industry.

“Music fires the imagination in young minds. On many an occasion, I have learned more about the pieces I’m playing from critiques of a four-year-old listening to me playing, than I have from years of studying and learning professionally,” Benedetti says, with a smile.

The Scottish-born violinist, who has tirelessly campaigned for better music education across the country, has previously said that while her first love is music, her second is educating people through the art of music.

Since the age of 15, Benedetti has worked with schools and music organisations around the world, engaging with local music-making and spending countless hours working alongside teachers who have dedicated their lives to music.

You can read the full article written by Maddy Shaw Roberts and watch the full speech, filmed exclusively for the Royal Philharmonic Society on Classic FM’s website here: