Some Things That Make Me Cross

At the age of 14 most children will end their musical education in UK schools.  By this time they will have probably had 10 years of lessons.  Most schools have music lessons for an hour a week.  So that’s approximately 35 weeks a year.  That means they will have had about 350 hours of music lessons in their relatively short lifetime.

So why at the age of 14 do so many children tell me (thankfully not in my school) that they can’t play a musical instrument?  And why can’t they tell the difference between a violin and a cello?  And how can you get through 350 hours and not know what a bassoon is?   

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