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Donations help music teacher's legacy continue

20/02/2012 Joanna
Donations to a music scholarship fund that was established in memory of a popular music teacher have surpassed the £5,000 mark.

Adored by pupils, friends and family alike, Martin Clare taught flute, piano and guitar in Fairford, Gloucestershire.

He died suddenly in July last year at the age of 55, but instead of sending flowers his family asked for donations to a charity in his honour, the Gloucestershire Echo reported.

Donations to the Martin Clare Music Fund have just kept on coming, enabling the fund to provide music lessons to worthy applicants.

"This marvellous response enables us to give Martin a living memorial," Martin's widow Nicky Turner told the newspaper.

"As a music teacher he was very generous with his time and talent, by subsidising young musicians we're continuing his work in the spirit he would have wanted."

Commenting on the significance of the fund, the head of music at Farmor's School in Fairford, Louise Matley, said that in the current climate a lot of families require assistance paying for music lessons.

Those who would like to apply for the fund just need to show "enthusiasm, aptitude and need", she added.

As part of the government's National Music Plan a budget of £77 million was announced recently to help establish music education hubs and give a boost to the subject.

The new programme also includes adding an additional module into the syllabus for trainee primary teachers that is aimed at giving them extra music teaching skills.

Last month, education secretary Michael Gove wrote a letter to the NSPCC, Musicians Union and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Youth Music after they issued advice recommending music teachers avoid physical contact with their charges.

Mr Gove said that the advice "sends out completely the wrong message".

He added that the Department for Education was taking measures to remove the presumption that if an adult has contact with a child it must be inappropriate.

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