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KOVA ED on music education, pedagogic innovation and EdTech - Ksenia Ova EPISODE 3, 2nd November 2020
What is The Role of Music in Secondary Schools?

What is The Role of Music in Secondary Schools?

Today's episode is going to address a number of important questions, but most importantly, in attempt to justify music as a subject in the curriculum of secondary schools (primarily in the UK) we will look this trendy campaign slogan of 'Music for All' and really why 'music for all' is a thing that should matter to all. 

The main takeaways of the episode:

Why music should be accessible to all and studied in secondary schools:

  • Music should be studied for the sake of music - a unique art form
  • It is part of the basic human design - music is a primitive primary trait
  • It might not be accessible to disadvantaged learners otherwise - for educational justice and equitable access


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