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Why is Music so important?

At Castle Hill, music is a highly valued subject. It equips pupils with life skills to help them in other areas of their learning. Here are just a few ways in which music can help a pupil develop.

1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students 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 memorization: Even when performing with sheet music or performing songs, student musicians are constantly using their memory. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.

3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship and a growth mindset. Students learn to want to create good or excellent work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.

4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.

6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Statistically, student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.

7. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

8. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.

9. Music develops team work skills: In order for a choir to perform, every child needs to work together. This skill can be carried to lots of different areas of learning.

10. Music is fun! The most important part of music for me is how it can bring the entire school together. When people sing as a group it fosters an idea of togetherness.

If you would like some more information on the benefits of a musical education then have a look at some of these links.