Why study music?
“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
Music education facilitates student academic achievement:
· 1. Language skills. “Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.” Learning a musical instrument also improves how the brain understands human language, which can help students learn a second language.
· 2. Improved test scores. Studies have shown that students who are involved with a high-quality music education program in school perform better on tests than students who don’t engage in music.
· 3. Self-esteem. Music allows students to try something new and develop confidence as they master singing or playing an instrument. “When students are working towards a common goal, they appreciate that their ‘voice’ and interests are heard and understood by others.
· 5. Math skills. Reading music includes learning quarter, half, and whole notes, which are essentially fractions. As , “When a music pupil has spent time learning about rhythm, he has learned to count. He is not counting numbers, per se, but he/she is most certainly using logic to count out the rhythms and bars, and working his way methodically through the piece. Many musical concepts have mathematical counterparts.”
· 6. Making the brain work harder. Research shows that the brain of a musician works differently than a non-musician.
· 7. Relieving stress. We all know that listening to a favorite artist or song can lift a mood and relax us. The same goes for creating music. It , allowing them to immerse themselves in something that’s fulfilling and calming.
· 8. Creativity. Music certainly nurtures kids’ creative side. This can have an impact on their futures. , “Employers identify creativity as one of the top five skills important for success in the workforce (Lichtenberg, Woock, & Wright, 2008).” The partnership also suggests originality and flexibility are benefits of music education because they are key components of the creativity and innovation music requires.
· 9. Helping special needs children. Music can have a on kids with . It helps them find a way to communicate and open up, which they may struggle with otherwise. For this reason, and despite cuts to music programs, schools are increasingly implementing music therapy after-school programs to benefit students with disabilities.
· 10. Higher graduation rates. Schools with music programs have higher graduation rates.
Key stage 3 Curriculum:
The curriculum has 3 main strands: Performing, Composing and Knowledge. The course is practical, and pupils will develop their performance using drums, percussion, guitar, and woodwind. Pupils learn about music from a wide range of different times, genres and cultures.
Our aim is to develop pupils’ musical skills and knowledge and our instrumental scheme provides pupils with a weekly lesson on their chosen instrument with a specialist instrumental teacher. Lessons are run either 1:1 or in a small group, and are free of charge. The instruments currently offered are Percussion (African and Brazilian drumming), Guitar (Acoustic, Electric and Bass), Woodwind (Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute) and Drum kit.
Mulberry Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College is part of the Mulberry Schools Trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company No. 10035860).
Company’s registered office: Mulberry Schools Trust, Richard Street, Commercial Road, London E1 2JP