Music Education

Script to introduce the film

Music educationalist Paul Rissmann travelled with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to India on their recent tour. His role was to present the concerts and workshops run by the SSO for children in India.

Many of the children were hearing an orchestra for the first time and Paul's job was to make sense of the music for this young audience.

Indian classical violinist and singer Kala Ramnath also performs for Commonwealth Class showing us the differences between Western classical and Indian classical music.

Indian music is much more improvisational, but she believes that all children should get the chance to hear music and to learn an instrument.

Commonwealth Class: Music Education

Show the film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email commonwealthclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like to download a copy of this film.

In the film Kala Ramnath says "the children of today...all deserve a chance to learn music," do you agree with what she is saying?

Which instruments can you play/would you like to learn?

Indian classical violinist and singer Kala Ramnath (right) Indian classical violinist and singer Kala Ramnath (right)

What do you think of Western classical music? Would you like to learn more about it like the students in the film?

Some people believe learning about music improves your ability to learn languages, why do you think this might be?

What other skills do you think you would gain from learning an instrument?

What are the benefits of music education and do you think is it properly valued?

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