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Music teachers from Birmingham unite virtually to beat coronavirus blues

Music teachers from Birmingham have united virtually to encourage families across the West Midlands to turn to music in an attempt to combat coronavirus blues and embrace a new skill.

Instrumentalists and vocalists have begun performing in their own homes to record an upbeat Earth Wind and Fire compilation in a bid to get families to enjoy music together.

They have been playing 28 instruments from around the world, including the Flute, Oboe and Tambourine to spread positivity during the pandemic.

Mrs Charlotte Buxton, Deputy Head of Music Service and Head of Ensembles at Services For Education said music should be used to bring people together both in their households and remotely.

We know this is a tricky time and as musicians, we just wanted to brighten up people’s lives – and we know music has a big part to play. So even if you can’t play an instrument, now could be the time to learn – and if you don’t have a long-lost instrument tucked away, then two saucepan lids make for excellent percussion and rhythm to help a sing-along.

– Mrs Charlotte Buxton, Deputy Head of Music Service and Head of Ensembles at Services For Education

The nationally recognised education and music charity would normally be teaching music to 38,000 children each week.

Mrs Buxton added: “Our compilation of Let’s Groove, Boogie Wonderland and Sing a Song is a great upbeat piece of music with a regular rhythm that is an ideal starting point.”

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