Bjorn Ulvaeus: Reasons why music is important for children

Bjorn Ulvaeus' reasons why music education is important

"Every child deserves to have a teacher who tries to teach them music", Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus has said.

The songwriter and producer said that music "helps your intelligence" and that "it's a big responsibility for a teacher to bring music to a child" and encourage them to understand it's possible for them to be able play an instrument or sing.

Bjorn co-wrote, along with Benny Andersson, Waterloo the song that swept ABBA to fame when they were crowned winners at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.

The 74-year-old recalls his earliest memory of receiving his first musical instrument, a Christmas present of a small guitar when he was 11-years-old.

Bjorn Ulvaeus will be reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story on Friday 7 February.

Read more about Abba's recording of new music for release in 2020.

Where next?

Music can provide 'sense of achievement' for autistic children
Seven child music stars who made it big
Five reasons everyone should have music in their lives