10 things school should know about music
10 things schools should know about music
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Music boosts school improvement
A successful school is often a musical school. Music can be the catalyst that makes a good school exceptional. When the alchemy of music is allowed to permeate the whole curriculum it can have a positive impact on everything from academic attainment to student attendance.
Music improves learning skills
Research undertaken by the University of London has clearly demonstrated the cognitive benefits that music gives young children particularly in Key Stage 1, suggesting music can support the development of literacy, numeracy and listening skills.
Music fosters team working
Playing in small groups, in whole classes or in any ensemble or orchestra means you are part of an integrated team. Everyone has a role however large or small and this helps to build co-operation and mutual support. It promotes the importance of working harmoniously with others towards a common goal.
Music builds life skills
Playing an instrument or learning to sing requires real concentration. Quietness and calm whether on stage or in the classroom is essential. Working alongside other members of an instrumental or singing group helps children to recognise their own skills and appreciate those of others.
Music underpins better behaviour
To learn music you need discipline. To play well requires regular practice and dedication. And when young people enjoy doing something, they’ll stick to it!
Music encourages creativity
Music enables young people to express themselves like no other medium. It empowers them to shape their world through sound and allows them to exercise their imaginations. Encouraging creativity also teaches them to think outside the box when problem solving.
Music is for life
An early start in music often results in music becoming a life-long passion. This gift is precious and whilst not all students go on to play in professional orchestras or famous rock bands, the seeds sown in the classroom continue to flourish for a lifetime.
Music is an educational building block
The Department for Education has stated that a high-quality music education can improve self-confidence, behaviour and social skills as well as improve academic achievement across the curriculum. And while music touches the lives of all young people, the disadvantaged can benefit most.
Music is fun
Music making is not only good for the brain but also the heart! Young people enjoy the pleasure of mastering a tune or a song. The prestige and stimulation of a first performance in front of an audience is an adrenalin rush that is never forgotten.
Music is for everyone
Music is inclusive irrespective of abilities. It can be of particular benefit to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities but also those who are marginalised, vulnerable and often hard to reach.