Steinberg are launching the #ComposeWithDorico, a new campaign to save music education in schools with a free giveaway of their music-making software Dorico Elements…
The initiative will gift Dorico Elements, the music notation software, to around 100 schools across the country. The chosen schools will be asked to produce a short piece of music using the software, which will then be compiled by music experts to create the most collaborative piece of music of all time. The piece will later be performed at a special concert later in the year.
According to Steinberg spokesperson Daniel Spreadbury, the launch of the campaign #ComposeWithDorico comes at a time when music education is taking a back to seat to more traditional, academic subjects.
He said: “There’s a lot to gain from music, and not just the enjoyment listening and playing brings. In fact, it’s proven that music can also help with improvements in language abilities and self-confidence, as well as increasing concentration and empathy.
“Despite all of this, music education is struggling. Lack of funding, Governmental changes to the education system and a range of other factors has meant that music education is no longer seen as a priority, particularly when pitted against more traditional, core subjects.
“We want to change that. That’s why we’re taking this decisive step to bring music back into education with this campaign.”
Research undertaken by Sussex University’s School of Education and Social Work revealed that unless concerted action is taken, music education in secondary schools ‘could face extinction’. With Government figures highlighting the creative industries contribution – close to £92 billion – to the economy, it’s paramount that the new of creative individiuals are getting the support they need in education.
Daniel Spreadbury added: “Dorico is committed to supporting musicians at every level and we hope this campaign will not only spark the public’s imagination, but get people making music together.”