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EIS Charter for Instrumental Music


									EIS Charter for Instrumental Music

                                             It is with immense pleasure and
                                             pride that I welcome you to the EIS
                                             Charter for Instrumental Music. I am
                                                                                       My sincere thanks go to the Global
                                                                                       Ambassadors in Music and Education
                                                                                       who have supported our work for
                                                                                                                             in our support for recognition
                                                                                                                             of the importance of the work of
                                                                                                                             Instrumental Music practitioners.
                                             passionate about our profession and       showing tremendous support towards
                                             about Scotland’s rich musical history.    this Charter, to Scotland’s world     On behalf of our Network, sincere
                                             I am in no doubt that this journey to     class Instrumental Music Teachers     thanks to you for investing the time
                                             secure and promote the development        in conjunction with our world class   to view and consider our Charter.
                                             of Instrumental Music provision will be   youngsters whose talent we nurture.
                                             warmly welcomed by all in education.      We in the EIS are uncompromising      Graeme Barclay
                                                                                                                             EIS Music Instructors’ Network

“The Charter for Instrumental Music
    is a landmark publication for the
    EIS. I believe that every child has
  the right to learn to play a musical
     instrument and to develop their
      ability to sing. The Charter sets                                           Every school pupil in Scotland
     out the extraordinary work now
 going on in schools in Scotland and                                             should have the opportunity to
  argues that it is work that must be
            developed into the future.”                                           receive specialist tuition on a
                                                                               musical instrument or in voice as
       Ronnie Smith, EIS General Secretary
                                                                                 part of their school education.
 Scotland has a rich heritage

                                                  WHO WE ARE:
     of musical culture which                                   Instrumental music teachers are highly

    is recognised worldwide.                                    skilled and qualified professionals

   Our country has produced                                     who deliver the highest standards of
                                                                instrumental tuition in the Scottish
       a wealth of world class                                  education system. There are over 750
    musicians, many of whom                                     dedicated instrumental music teachers
   have been taught to play a                                   who deliver a structured and varied

   musical instrument within                                    programme of study which allows

            schools in Scotland.                                pupils the opportunity to learn a
                                                                musical instrument.
      If we are to develop and
   nurture this fine tradition,
        it is essential that well
         qualified instrumental
     teachers are an integral
      part of a child’s musical

                                                                From the womb to the grave we crave
    Instrumental music lessons contribute
                                                                music. Music is the primary source of
          very significantly to the social and
   educational development of our pupils.                       communication crossing all boundaries.
   Instructors do not only teach pupils to                      Music teaches us everything we need
   play and appreciate music; they provide                      to survive in life as we pass through
         pupils of all abilities with enjoyable
                                                                this world - please do not cut this lifeline.
  opportunities to work individually or as
  part of a group; and they motivate them
to perform to a high standard in different                      Dame Evelyn Glennie OBE
 contexts. This helps pupils to have fun, to
  take pride in their achievements, to gain
                                                                World renowned
      in confidence and, of course, to learn                    percussionist/music ambassador
skills which will be of great value to them
                        throughout their lives.

                                 Tony Finn
                                Chief Executive
                                 GTC Scotland
Scotland has led the world in the quality                                                                              At school I was non-academic,
of its provision of instrumental teaching
                                                                                                                       I failed in most subjects.
for children….
                                                                                                                       I realised, when I was in secondary           For children to have access to learning
                                                                                                                       education, that having regular guitar         a musical instrument in school had
Learning a musical instrument offers                                                                                   lessons and access to the music               proved VITAL to me. I am living proof of
children crucial experiences and                                                                                       department meant a world opened up            how learning a musical instrument
                                                                                                                       for me which was non-discriminatory,          in school can lay a new positive path
capacities, including an active knowledge
                                                                                                                       enjoyable, something that fitted me like      to follow through education.
of and role in their own culture, a                                                                                    Cinderella’s slipper.
demanding but highly enjoyable personal
and social discipline, learning to work
well together, sensitivity to others,
self-confidence, self-respect, emotional
                                                                                                                       This was my experience.
intelligence, creativity, cognitive skills                                                                             Today, my children have both discovered       I was delighted that on their first week
                                                                                                                       a real sense of ‘belonging to a culture’      at the new Scottish school they were
and motor and coordination skills.
                                                                                                                       because they were both encouraged             encouraged to learn Scots song, learn
Learning an instrument literally helps                                                                                 to join in with the music department          instruments, play in a ceilidh band. The
build the brain, increasing capacity                                                                                   in their new Scottish school when we          joy on their faces confirmed that I had
                                                                                                                       moved home from London to Scotland            made the right move in bringing my
in areas of the mind concerned with
                                                                                                                       seven years ago. This was something           sons home to Scotland which nurtured
understanding time and space.                                                                                          missing in their London school. In            the stirrings of my own musical journey
                                                                                                                       London, their school had one music            at school.
Nigel Osborne                                                                                                          master and no tutors for learning
Reid Professor                                                                                                         instruments. Certainly there was no           You have my full gratitude and support
University of Edinburgh                                                                                                evidence of my children learning music        for maintaining the teaching of music
                                                                                                                       from the country they lived in. I found       in schools. It’s a gift which returns even
                                                                                                                       that to be sad.                               greater and surprising gifts in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                     Eddi Reader

                                                                             • Curriculum based learning on a wide     • A structured course of study that is        • Invaluable lifelong learning and social
                                                                               variety of musical instruments and in     suited to each pupil’s individual ability     skills
                                                                                                                       • Preparation for examinations                • An appreciation of aesthetic and
                                                                             • Teaching in each of the four              delivered by the Scottish                     cultural values
                                                                               capacities as outlined in                 Qualifications Authority (SQA)
                                                                               The Curriculum for Excellence:            and other external examination              • The opportunity for pupils to
                                                                                                                         bodies                                        perform locally, nationally and
                                                                                > Successful Learners                                                                  internationally showcasing the
                                                                                > Confident Individuals                • A wide range of extra-curricular              range of musical talent present
                                             Instrumental teachers deliver      > Responsible Citizens                   activities which allow each pupil             within Scottish education
                                                                                > Effective Contributors                 to participate fully and to realise
                                                                                                                         their full potential
         Were it not for the Instrumental                                                Learning to play a musical instrument has allowed me to gain in self-
 Programme at West Calder High School,                                              confidence and face difficult challenges which I have overcome due to the
 I would not be playing the bassoon today.                                                                       many different experiences and opportunities.
Now, it has become my career and passion.
                                                                                                                                               Ailie Macdonald
                                                        The friends I made through music at school are still some of my
    Already taking violin lessons privately,                                                                                                       6th Year Student
                                                       closest now. The teamwork and camaraderie seem to be different
                                                                                                                                             West Calder High School
     I was given the opportunity to learn
                                                      in music compared with other subjects. Also, the skills you learn in
    the bassoon, for free. There was such
                                                        music at school enable you to do music for the rest of your life.
      great support and guidance through
    the opening stages of the lessons, and                                                            Jenny Delmonte
      when the time came to move on to                                                                  McLaren High School
    new ventures, this support continued                                                                          Callander
     throughout, and still does to this day.
  Learning an instrument has allowed me
  to develop not only as a musician but as
                                  a person.

                    Karen Geoghegan
                                                     How do                 There is now substantial research
                                                                            evidence which demonstrates that
                                                                            learning a musical instrument or to sing
                                                                                                                             There is now clear evidence that
                                                                                                                             learning to play a musical instrument
                                                                                                                             can improve other areas of a child’s

                   Professional Musician and
              Runner Up in BBC Classical Star
                                                    children                can enhance a child’s cultural, social and
                                                                            educational learning. The Curriculum for
                                                                            Excellence Experiences and Outcomes

                                                                                                                             A 2001 US study ‘Does playing a musical

                                                benefit from
                                                                            document states:-                                instrument make a child smarter?’
                                                                            “Through music, learners have rich

                                                                            opportunities to be creative and to              “In every single test area, students who
                                                                            experience inspiration and enjoyment.            were learning to play an instrument
            The Musicians’ Union warmly                                     Performing and creating music will               and participating in the school band
                                                                            be the prominent activities for all              or orchestra received higher marks

                                                    to play a
    welcomes the EIS Instrumental Music
                                                                            learners. Through these activities they          than their classmates. Not only that,
     Charter. Instrumental Music Teachers                                   develop their vocal and instrumental             but the longer the school children had
      have a crucial role in developing and                                 skills, explore sounds and musical               been in the instrumental programmes,

                                                                            concepts, and use their imagination              the higher they scored.” Wendell
         nurturing the next generation of
                                                                            and skills to create musical ideas and           Harrison, President of the Wendell
     talented musicians and enriching the                                   compositions. They can further develop           Harrison Music Corporation, New York

         lives and futures of young people                                  their understanding and capacity to
       through access and participation in                                  enjoy music through listening to musical         “The aim of education should be to
                                                                            performances and commenting on them.             teach us rather how to think, than
                             music making.
                                                                            They use ICT to realise or enhance               what to think—rather to improve our

                   Sheena Macdonald
                          Regional Organiser
                                                 or to sing?                their composition and performance and
                                                                            to promote their understanding of how
                                                                            music works.”
                                                                                                                             minds, so as to enable us to think for
                                                                                                                             ourselves, than to load the memory
                                                                                                                             with the thoughts of other men.”
                                                                                                                             Bill Beattie, American Manager
                             Musicians’ Union                                                                                and Coach
The future for                                The future for                             As instrumental                           The important work Scotland’s
                                                                                                                                   instrumental music teachers do in

pupils in Scottish                            instrumental                               music teachers
                                                                                                                                   our schools is profoundly central to
                                                                                                                                   the infrastructure of our educational

Schools                                       teachers                                   we call for:
                                                                                                                                   evolution and continued success
                                                                                                                                   throughout the world. Without the
                                                                                                                                   dedicated musical expertise and
•   Entitlement – the right for every         •   GTCS Registration – registration       •   Government Funding to allow the       inspiration from Scotland’s instrumental
    school aged child to receive                  as an instrumental music teacher.          teaching of instrumental music        music teachers our nation’s youth
    instrumental music provision in               This would acknowledge the status          to develop in all parts of Scotland
                                                                                                                                   would loose a vital link in their
    a musical instrument or in voice              of instrumental teachers and give
                                                  parity with classroom teacher          •   Local Authority provision of          educational development, from learning
•   Developing the Service – develop              colleagues                                 instrumental music teaching           to play an instrument as a beginner,
    further instrumental music provision                                                     to develop and meet the needs         advancing to further education, into
    so that provision in Scotland is on a     •   Continuing Professional                    of youngsters in all schools          a professional career in the music
    par with the rest of the world                Development – access to the                                                      business, developing into an ambassador
                                                  highest quality CPD in order to        •   CPD for instrumental music
                                                                                                                                   for our country, and hopefully an
•   Standard of provision – maintain              enhance the quality of instrumental        teachers to reflect a changing
    and enhance the standards of                  teaching throughout Scotland               curriculum                            inspiration for future generations. Who
    provision in all parts of Scotland to                                                                                          knows where the next Annie Lennox,
    ensure that all pupils can achieve        •   Pay & Conditions – maintain a clear    •   Training and development for          Aly Bain, Nicola Benedetti, Martyn
    their full potential, regardless of           link with the pay & conditions of          instrumental music teachers           Bennett, Sandy Brown, Jack Bruce,
    their geographical location                   service of qualified classroom             to allow access for pupils with       James Crabb, Phil Cunningham, Jimmy
                                                  teachers                                   disabilities
                                                                                                                                   Deucher, Sheena Easton, Al Fairweather,
•   Equality of opportunity for all –
    every child should have a right           •   SQA – entitlement of instrumental      •   Research to be undertaken to          Dick Gaughan, Evelyn Glennie, Lulu,
    to access appropriate provision               teachers to be involved in the             investigate the value for pupils      Amy MacDonald, Karen Matheson, Rod
    regardless of gender, race or                 assessment/examination of the              of instrumental music teaching        Stewart, Wolfstone, Wet Wet Wet, Travis,
    disability                                    performing element of present                                                    Simple Minds, Runrig, Red Hot Chilli
                                                  and future SQA music examinations                                                Pipers, The Proclaimers, Primal Scream,
                                                                                                                                   Franz Ferdinand, Del Amitri, Deacon
                                                                                                                                   Blue, Blue Nile and the Average White
                                                                                                                                   Band will come from.

                                                                                                                                   The infrastructure of Scotland’s music
                                                                                                                                   education is as fragile as our eco
                                                                                                                                   system. The symbiosis between all
                                                                                                                                   the elements that form our musical
                                                                                                                                   pathway through our educational
                                                                                                                                   experience are all incredibly significant
The following websites also hold useful information:                                                                               and tied together. Without Scotland’s
                                                                                                                                   instrumental music teachers or a
•   The Educational Institute of Scotland                                                                  diminished version of it, our country
                                                                                                                                   faces a loss of a magnitude that will be
•   Musician’s Union                                          
                                                                                                                                   felt throughout the field of pedagogy,
•   Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland                                                        our nation’s music, and our economy.
•   Guidelines for Instrumental Teaching in Scottish Schools  
    (Published by: Scottish Government 2003)                                                                                       Tommy Smith
•   International Society for Music Education                                                                International Jazz Musician
•   Music Education Online                                    
For further information about instrumental   For details of the work of the EIS contact   Printed and published by The Educational
teaching contact the Education Department    EIS headquarters, 46 Moray Place,            Institute of Scotland, 46 Moray Place,
in your local authority area.                Edinburgh EH3 6BH                            Edinburgh EH3 6BH,

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