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Queen Máxima opens music education symposium at Noordeinde Palace

Her Majesty Queen Máxima opened a music education symposium “Tomorrow more music in the Classroom” at Noordeinde Palace on Wednesday. Over 200 teachers, school principals and administrators discussed in interactive workshops how they will be able to introduce music in their schools and how to get children to enjoy it and take it up through playing an instrument or singing.

Professor Erik Scherderr, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam, spoke after Her Majesty and explained the importance of exposing children to music for their education. He told the assembled educators, “Various studies have shown that playing an instrument or singing increases the connections between brain areas. It thus helps in the development of the child.”

Argentinian-born Queen Máxima has long been an advocate for music and has committed herself to helping get more music in Dutch primary school education. She is the honorary president of the Platform Ambassadors Music and is working with the Ambassadors of More Music in the Classroom to ensure that all Dutch children in primary school are exposed to more structural music education.

After the symposium, the Royal House of the Netherlands said that “the proceeds of the workshops will be shared and translated into concrete actions.”

The musical loving Máxima, who retained her Argentinian citizenship when she married, has said in the past about her Latin musical loving roots, “I am Latin, and I will continue being Latin. I dance, I sing, and I will keep on dancing and singing.”

Queen Máxima greets Argentine President, Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada on 12 October 2016. Photo: Official Casa Rosada (CC 2.5 Argentina)

She and King Willem-Alexander will welcome the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada to the Netherlands for an official two-day state visit from 27 March to 28 March. She last met President Macri when she travelled back to her home country last year as part of her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development – a position which she has held since 2009.

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