What style of music should pupils be taught in private lessons and at school? I think it’s the aim of any teacher who enjoys classical music to foster an appreciation of it. But I also think a child (or adult) who likes and wants to be able to play pop music, for example, should be encouraged in their endeavour.Learning to play pop music may be an end in itself or it may be the impetus towards enjoying, playing, and learning about, the music of Bach, Mozart, Brahms, etc. The point of music is to enjoy it. Any music which is stimulating to a pupil can be used to foster a rigorous attitude towards achieving a high standard of performance or to awaken an interest in the means by which music is constructed. Studying the way a pop song is constructed is interesting in itself but it can also be the first steps towards learning more sophisticated harmony and composition.