The Washington music school fighting privilege and stereotypes to help people fulfill their dreams

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A music school aiming to give people from all backgrounds the chance to learn an instrument is going from strength to strength

Sweet Symphony School of Music was started 13 years ago by Louise Bell, 35, and now employs 11 teachers and provides lessons to more than 400 students ranging from three years old to retired pensioners.

Louise decided she wanted to share the gift of music after taking lessons herself and realising that some people never get to fulfil their dreams of learning an instrument.

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She started the school after graduating from university, and has seen some of her students go on to win numerous scholarships and awards.

Music teacher Louise Bell of Sweet Symphony.Music teacher Louise Bell of Sweet Symphony.
Music teacher Louise Bell of Sweet Symphony.

Louise said the centre, which runs from Speculation House in Washington, wants to get rid of misconceptions about music lessons and provide opportunities for people of all social, economical and academic backgrounds.

She said: “It’s very important for everyone to have the opportunity to take up a musical instrument. I think there is a general assumption that music education is a privilege and only for the wealthier in society. But that shouldn’t be the case.

“In today’s world, more than ever, having an outlet for stress-relief is extremely important for our wellbeing and mental health.”

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Lessons at the music school include piano, guitar, ukulele, trumpet,, French horn and saxophone to name a few.

In the next few months, Louise is hoping to expand the school and reach out even further into the community, introducing more lessons, instruments and shows that cater to all.

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