A THIRD year student is urging young people to take up a musical instrument after reaping the benefits.
Timothy Cranfield, music undergraduate and former president of the Newcastle University music society, wants young people to understand the practical benefits of music and learning an instrument.
‘I want people to know that music is being cut back by local government and there is not the financial support there to encourage younger people to learn,’ explained Timothy, from Newcastle. ‘The government really only encourage maths, science and English and music has been pushed to the back.’
Growing up, Timothy’s talent was nurtured by the music service provided by Hertfordshire County Council at a generously subsided rate.
‘Lots of local councils used to be really good at providing music teachers and running events outside of schools but there are lots of councils which have been forced to cut back their budgets on what they spend on young people,’ Timothy explained.
‘I’m very lucky to be from Hertfordshire originally and where we had a really good music service run by the council.
‘This service meant I have been on tour to Germany, France, Spain and Belgium for a massively subsidised fee but I know many people do not have this opportunity – and this is the reality.’
Timothy collaborated with Fixers to create a resource highlighting the positive benefits of music; he says the benefits of learning an instrument are endless.
The skills range from teamwork, discipline, coordination, time management, and he expressed the importance this hobby can have on people’s mental health.
Timothy added: ‘It’s a real shame as more people are suffering from mental health illnesses and there’s quite an easy solution there, with music, that could help and it’s not being acknowledged in the best way.’
The National Alliance on Mental Health acknowledges the large affect music can have on individuals.
Research suggests music can improve mental health by reducing certain symptoms of depression by making people feel more in control. It can reduce stress and help sleeping patterns and improve moods.
‘There’s very little support or opportunity on offer for young people,’ added Timothy.