On Thursday 4th June, Katharine Kent visited NGS York to talk to members about ‘The Importance of Music in Education’. She was speaking in her capacity as co-founder of the charity Future Talent. The primary aim of the charity is to find, fund and nurture musically gifted individuals aged between 5 and 18 who do not have the means or the opportunity to advance their musicianship.
Mrs Kent addressed an intimate group of members, at a regular ‘Thinking & Drinking’ session in Vanbrugh college. She argued that music is a fundamental aspect of schooling which is often overlooked and ill taught. Katharine explained that, in her experience, the children who were taught music always did markedly better in their SATs. She explained how music can be used to further the children’s ability levels in core curriculum subjects, giving the example of using musical notes to teach maths.
For the past thirteen years Katharine, who is also HRH The Duchess of Kent, has been teaching music at Wansbeck Primary School in Hull. Her passion for Hull and the school where she has worked was clearly visible and her love of music was obvious.
Members described the event as a stimulating talk, and many were taken with the idea of using music to give young people confidence, and to overcome current challenges in the education system concerning poor behavior and underachievement.