In 2008 Scotland became home to the UK’s first Big Noise Orchestra. Big Noise is an orchestra programme that uses music making to foster confidence, teamwork and pride in the children taking part – and across the wider community.
An orchestra is by its nature a cooperative structure. Any musician will tell you that a huge part of being a successful orchestral player is the ability to perform while at the same time listening to other musicians and follow the lead of the conductor. This type of collaborative learning provides immense social benefits to young children. Individuals are challenged to play to the best of their ability while at the same time recognizing that they are part of a larger group with a common purpose.