Why can’t Hong Kong primary schools teach music properly for pupils who want to learn an instrument? | South China Morning Post - Lifestyle - Families
"Tight budgets and limited space make tailor-made lessons for pupils of different abilities almost impossible, but with extra tuition and even apps, all is not lost." according to Julie McGuire, former Hong Kong primary-school teacher.
|This budding violin virtuoso is lacking motivation to practise. |
My daughter, who is in Year Four, is already a proficient musician and music lessons at her school are pitched way below her ability. Her class is learning to play the recorder. She says it’s really boring and the other children make a horrible noise. Can’t schools cater for more able children in music lessons as they do in maths and other subjects?
The class music lessons in your daughter’s school may not develop or hone advanced musical skills, but there are some worthwhile aspects. For example, she is gaining experience in playing and singing in a large group – remember, music education is more than playing an instrument to a high level or becoming an expert in musical theory. She will have the chance to develop singing technique and aural training to distinguish different instruments, rhythm and pitch...
|This saxophone student needs extra lessons. |