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ONE GENRE OF MUSIC EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE EXPOSED TO

Nicola Benedetti

Written by Omari MC

Recently, award-winning violinist, Nicola Benedetti, stated she believes children should have to study classical music just as they do science and math.

I, for one, somewhat agree with Ms. Benedetti. I love many genres of music, but I'd be hard pressed to say there's another genre that covers as much ground as classical music (and I'm not even a classical composer).

BENEDETTI'S REASONING

All children should be compelled to learn about classical music in the same way they must do maths and science, Nicola Benedetti has argued.

Children should not be permitted to just do whatever they please in this area of study.

“It actually really upsets me when people say: ‘Kids hate listening to a symphony, why would we do that to them?’” she said, in an interview with Scotland on Sunday.

“I think, hang on a minute, if you were to turn round and say to a kids: ‘Would you like to play video games or would you like to have a maths lesson?’ Of course, they’re going to go for the video games.”

WHY SHE DOESN'T CARE WHAT THE KIDS WANT

She added: “Needing the child’s approval for what they do in school is just such an alien concept when you’re talking about maths, science, history or English.

“But, suddenly, when you bring music into the mix, it’s: ‘Oh no, we can’t show them anything that they don’t instantly love because that would be like forcing children into something that they don’t want to do.’

“It just bemuses me.”

Benedetti, a vocal advocate for music education who works with young people through charity Sistema Scotland, told the newspaper children should be exposed to the “sophistication and breadth” of classical music in the same way they are offered great works of literature.

“You’re not just developing concentration and focus in order to try to understand the music,” she said. “You are also getting something that has life lessons, has beauty, has uplift and joy and sorrow and tragedy – all the things that you will have to deal with in your life at some point.”

MY THOUGHTS

I don't know if she believes all children should make classical, but I feel she's in the right when she says they should at least give it a shot.

If more supposed "producers" of other genres of music today would have studied more classical, we might just have a different music scene.

One where not just anybody can pick up a drum machine and be called a producer or DJ. I'm not hating in the slightest, but I feel like these self-given titles are what saturate the scene today.

In the end, most people will like what they're taught to like. Why do you think popular radio has a set playlist on loop pretty much all day?

I still love many genres, but I do appreciate the complexity of Benedetti's 'The Lark Ascending" more than a standard DJ Mustard beat that everyone else raves about.

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