Orchestral fun to help children reach their full musical potential



A HIGH QUALITY music education and social change program is planned for next spring.

Big Noise, from Sistema Scotland, will start the program in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, working first with children P1 and P2, then expand to cover children from Kindergarten through P3.

The program combines a symphony orchestra with the community and helps children and young people develop life skills such as confidence and creativity.

Big Noise musicians such as Elizabeth McColl teach children a range of instruments.

Through music and nurturing relationships, Big Noise helps children reach their full potential. The program also aims to strengthen the communities where it operates; develop relationships with participants and their families based on mutual respect, trust and commitment to work together and tackle inequalities over the long term.

An independent evaluation of the Big Noise Model by the Glasgow Center for Population Health has shown that participation in Big Noise helps children improve concentration and language skills, improve problem solving and decision making, increase self-esteem self-esteem and develop strong friendships and support networks.

Benny Higgins, Chairman of Sistema Scotland, said: “Sistema Scotland believes that all children and young people have great skills, talents and potential. Now more than ever, we need to think and act creatively to ensure Scottish children the opportunities and support they deserve.


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