Ed pays for teacher to learn how to help kids with learning difficulties

GENEROUS Ed Sheeran has paid for a primary school teacher to undertake a special course in music to help kids with learning difficulties create tunes.

His charity donated the cash to give the classroom tutor the skills to reach out to youngsters who might find it difficult to make music with traditional instruments.

Ed runs the Framlingham Foundation Trust in Suffolk to help kids in the county where he grew up.

His manager Stuart Camp overseas the good cause and the charity’s annual accounts revealed: “The foundation paid for a primary music teacher to undertake a specialist teaching course in the Kodaly learning method.

“This method is well known as an alternative to traditional music tuition (focussing predominantly on aural skills and intuitive skill) and allows those students with learning difficulties to access a world of musical creation they may otherwise find it difficult to connect with.”

His mum Imogen has just set up a good cause working in the field.

She is registered as a director of the Suffolk Kodaly Community Interest Company, which aims to provide “progressive music education to children in schools across the east of Suffolk”.

In documents lodged in February at Companies House, she wrote: “Kodaly’s approach to music education is based on teaching, learning and under-standing music through the experience of singing — giving direct access to the world of music without the technical problems involved with the use of an instrument.”

She says the company has a goal of ensuring “every pupil sings regularly” because it is “hugely beneficial for children’s social and mental development, helping to improve.

Ed has told how he was miserable in school until he learned the guitar and began singing.

He said last year: “I hated primary school with a passion, I cried every day.

"I’m ginger so I was instantly ripped into from the day I started school — ginger, had a stutter and wore huge glasses, just a bit odd.

“But I got to high school, started playing guitar and joined a band. Music is one of those things that can give you confidence.”

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