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Music call for children in care.

THE boss of Coventry's Performing Arts Service is backing a government drive to get children in care learning musical instruments - but says schools need to do more.

Owen Dutton says learning a musical instrument or how to sing and then joining a band is a big confidence boost for children in foster care or children's homes.

But he says that if they haven't got parents around to encourage them to get started and keep it up then schools need to do the job.

He welcomed a pledge from government education minister Alan Johnson at a conference organised by children's charity Barnardo's that every child in foster care or a children's home should get chance to learn an instrument.

Mr Dutton said: "Youngsters with difficult home lives can find solace in a musical instrument. Music is a terrific vehicle for self expression."
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Date:Dec 19, 2006
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