We just love MUSIC here at Barming Primary School and so should you.
Here are the reasons why:
1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Children who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
2. A mastery of memorisation: Even when performing with sheet music, child musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorisation can serve children well in education and beyond.
3. Increased coordination: Children who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
4. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Children who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.
5. Better SAT scores: Children who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SATs. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on maths for children in music appreciation courses.
6. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Children who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.
7. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.
8. Music can be relaxing: Children can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping us relax.
9. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Children who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
10. Children can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
12. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches children how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.
13. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, children playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence.