More Provision Needed for Disabled Children
31 July 2014
Lord Lipsey, the chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, made an appeal yesterday that more attention is paid to the musical needs of the disabled.
While applauding the work of the One-Handed Instrument Trust , Lord Lipsey expressed concern that the government’s 2011 National Plan for Music Education does not address the needs of disabled children.
‘No one doubts the importance of music in education for people facing mental challenges,’ he commented. ‘Examples abound for example of children with profound learning difficulties who only seem to be reached by the power of music. And certainly we would not tolerate for an instant an education system that said that children with disabilities should be excluded for example from sport – less so than ever following the triumph of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
‘But of equal importance are instruments for musical children who have limited arm movements, and a national project for music teachers in the use of these instruments.’