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Classical Music: Coming To A Primary School Near You

Beethoven is being added to the primary school agenda with a new BBC initiative

Your toddler may be all about the Dora theme tune right now, but his music taste could take a more classical turn if a new BBC campaign goes ahead.

The idea is to bring classical music into primary schools in the hope that it’ll pique children’s interest and keep the genre popular in the future.

Due to take off in October and with 150 arts organisations helping roll out the scheme, the project focuses on 10 specific compositions by the likes of Beethoven, Handel and Mozart. Schools will be shown films, have visits from orchestras, hold concerts and get relevant teaching resources.

Schools will be shown films, have visits from orchestras, hold concerts and get relevant teaching resources

The initiative is backed by ambassadors including Cerys Matthews, Laura Mvula and violinist Nicola Benedetti.

‘Classical music is great for children. Not only is it good for their creativity, it can help with other subjects like maths, and even have a positive impact on behaviour,’ said a BBC spokesperson.

‘While millions of people already enjoy classical music, it's right that we light the classical music spark as early as possible.

‘The BBC is uniquely placed to help do this and we are delighted so many organisations have signed up to help us deliver the ambition of reaching virtually every child in the country.’

So, will you switch Katy Perry for Bach on the nursery commute? Let us know on the comments board below.

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