Letters: Musical Education

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Sir: Is the principal purpose of instrumental tuition for children to provide cannon fodder for orchestras? If, as I suspect, more than 80 per cent taught have given up by the age of 18, this rate of failure would not be tolerated in, say, reading or maths. Are we educating to provide life skills for many or a tiny minority of skilled music factory hands?

PETER COURT-HAMPTON

Plymouth, Devon

Because of a production error, this letter appeared in incomplete form in Saturday's edition.

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