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Last Updated: Tuesday January 16 2007 07:21 GMT

Schools set for more singing

Children singing in Japan

You could be singing your favourite songs in lessons as part of plans to improve the way music is taught.

The government is going to spend 10m in primary schools in England to get more of you singing at school.

A big part of the idea is to create a song book with 30 songs in it for you to sing in lessons.

Teachers and pupils will all get the chance to put forward their favourite tracks, and a new national singing competition is being started too.

A man called Howard Goodall, who writes music and presents TV programmes too, is leading the campaign.

He said: "I am passionate about the dynamic and inspirational effect of music on young people.

"There is barely an adult alive who does not wish they could sing with more confidence or that they had had a better start with their voices as children."

The Education Secretary Alan Johnson said: "A better musical education for pupils can also help them hit the right note in their studies."

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