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Art as a stimulus for musical thought and creativity at Key Stage 3

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Frank Marshall of Ark Putney Academy looks at the value of art as a starting point for music making.

The benefits of art
Frank Marshall highlights that the visual nature of art can act as a stronger stimulus than simply providing students with a title. Similarly, its non-musical nature allows it to provoke discussion and lend shape to a piece of music.

Nine examples
As well as providing suggestions for visits to galleries, Frank provides nine examples of paintings that teachers can use in the classroom.

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