Following a pilot project – Connect: Resound– which involved 71 children from seven primary schools across North Yorkshire, music education in rural areas could soon be getting a digital boost.

The seven-week pilot project explored low-cost methods of providing online instrumental lessons remotely, and trialled video-streaming technologies and online communication tools, such as Skype and Twitter.

79.5 per cent of parents and carers said they would not have tried to find instrumental lessons for their children had this opportunity not been available. And 70.1 per cent of pupils said they enjoyed the lessons ‘very much’ and 74.1 per cent said they wished to continue to learn their instruments ‘very much’ or ‘quite a lot’.”

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