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Are children being exposed to classical music?

An interesting article from England about the state of music education appeared in The Guardian last week. How are schools in your part of the world promoting music education? What can we do better?

At From the Top, we have been working in three Boston Public Schools for the past two years through a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation. The program brings From the Top performers into classrooms to introduce students to classical instruments and repertoire. The 3rd through 5th grade students also attend From the Top’s live radio tapings with their families. Over the course of our relationship with these schools, we have noticed that the students’ interest in meeting young musicians has grown, as has their curiosity in the workings of the instruments and the music itself. Children will dance in their seats to the music of Bach, Mozart, and Prokofiev, we just need to give them a chance to experience it.