Why

Why Music?
We know from experience and research that a music education has extraordinary potential.

Our brains work harder when playing music:

• A person uses multiple skill sets when playing music; oral, aural, visual, fine, gross motor and memory skills are all engaged when playing music
• Brain scans have revealed that through listening to music many parts of the brain are engaged; but music’s real potential is revealed through playing music; as this intensifies and magnifies the engagement
• The fine motor skills used to play an instrument require both hemispheres of the brain therefore playing music strengthens the bridge between the two hemispheres
Music develops language helping to:
• Strengthen the ability to decode sounds and words
• Develop the left side of the brain which is responsible for language processing, potentially wiring the circuits in specific ways
• Strengthen social skills through the verbal competency developed through music. When children have language competency they have social competency.
Music develops numeracy helping to improve:
• Spatial intelligence (maths, engineering, building, architecture)
• Number skills
Playing Music also:
• Facilitates transfer of knowledge
• Promotes active not passive learning
• Encourages a growth mindset

 

Why teach music to children in groups at school?
Learning music in a group provides opportunities for:
• Collaborative and cooperative learning; working in a group and as a group
• Peer teaching/learning; one of the best ways to develop mastery
• Supportive relationships
• Teamwork; working together to achieve success; just like a team sport, everyone has a responsibility
• Decision making, problem solving, values clarification, communication, critical thinking, negotiation and conflict resolution
• Self-esteem
• High achievement
• Large and sustained projects with greater scope and complexity