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Singing to learn, learning to sing

​Thousands of primary school pupils from across Scotland took part in a special singing performance, in Glasgow on Thursday 8 March, to launch the new national singing framework Singing to Learn, Learning to Sing.

The performance took place in the Royal Concert Hall in partnership with Glasgow UNESCO City of Music and was led by Christopher Bell, Artist Director of the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS).  The pupils from primaries 5 and 6 performed four songs, one of which was composed specifically for the launch by Scottish singer and song writer Alan Beck.  During this Year of Young People the performance helped celebrate the very best of Scotland and it’s young people.

The framework, developed by the Music Education Partnership Group, a collection of arts and education organisations, provides support for practitioners to ensure there are regular opportunities for singing in all Scottish early learning and childcare settings and primary schools.

Gayle Gorman, Education Scotland’s Chief Executive said: “I’m delighted that the Music Education Partnership Group have launched the new national framework which offers increased opportunities for children to experience music every day in the classroom.

“Singing is an important contributor to the development of transferable skills across the curriculum and I look forward to seeing the resource being used in early learning and childcare settings and primary schools.

“As we celebrate the Year of Young People, I’m delighted that such a large number of pupils had the opportunity to take part in the singing lesson. Well done to those who took part.”

Singing to Learn, Learning to Sing is available on Glow, Scotland’s digital learning platform (Glow log in required).  The framework provides access to a vast number of teaching materials including five how-to teaching videos, backing tracks, sheet music and lyric sheets of various genres at early, first and second level.

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