Pan-European research shows the true value of singing in primary schools

Singing at school can be a valuable and fun experience for both primary school children and their teachers, but not enough is being done to ensure that all children are able to enjoy the wider benefits of singing as part of their daily education.

A report from Koor&Stem has gathered over 100 inspiring examples of singing at primary schools and teacher training colleges from all over Europe to inspire more schools to become ‘singing schools’. These good practice examples demonstrate the many ways in which singing can be effectively rolled into the school day.

Singing has added value

Carl Van Eyndhoven, Vice Dean for research at the Faculty of the Arts of the KU Leuven in Belgium, says that “singing is a fundamental part of who we are as humans – how we communicate, express emotion and learn. And yet, far too many children are being denied this opportunity.”. He claims the report’s case studies “are hugely important and valuable for anyone wanting to consider the future evolution of singing in primary education and the contribution that the choir world can make to this”.

30 European good practice examples

30 of these inspiring international examples have been described in detail in the report, presenting a wide range of successful approaches and partnerships, such as:

  • Innovative training courses for primary school pupils and teachers
  • The introduction of new singing methods in schools by singing professionals from the choir world
  • Stimulating choir activities for teachers, student teachers and pupils alike
  • Challenging vocal training programmes for schools organized by choirs – both amateur and professional – arts centres and professional orchestras

These case studies showcase not only valuable and fun activities, but also demonstrate clearly that singing has enormous added value for pupils, teachers and schools and consequently, for society in general.

Download report

The full report, as well as executive summaries in English, Dutch, French and German, links to websites, videos and relevant scientific articles and a short description of more than 110 inspiring international initiatives, is available via issue or can be purchased via www.koorenstem.be/webshop.

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