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How music enhances a boy's education

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

How music enhances a boy's educationFor millennia, much has been written about how learning music enhances an education. We can start with Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, but neuroscience is giving tangible research-based evidence to support the age-old claims based on experience. One such researcher, Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert from the University of Cambridge starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. Watch his Ted Talk here. Teachers know how crucial the ability to cross the midline is to enable reading. This too is a motor activity.

A music education is essentially an education of fine motor control and our sense of hearing. Of course musicians also use gross motor skills, but controlling pitch and articulation generally requires the musician to have very good fine motor control. Just as sport uses fine motor control, gross motor control is more dominant to achieve the desired goal in sport. This is why both music and sport should form an integral part of your son’s education.

Today, the major arguments in the popular press about education focus on literacy and numeracy, but let’s explore how music enhances a boy's education. We know that practice makes perfect, but it begs the following question: How do we make practice interesting? We mix it up by giving boys different experiences to practice what they need to learn and develop through music.

Fine motor development

  • Controlling your body to combine pitch, duration and dynamics.

Literacy

  • Singing practices reading, breaking words into syllables and expressing an idea.
  • Describing what you hear hones and extends vocabulary. 

Numeracy

  • Analysing a rhythm or composing music requires musicians to engage with division, fractions, multiples and patterns.

These are the reasons music enhances every boy's education, and we haven’t even touched on how good it is for the soul, your mood, engagement, thinking, feeling, mindfulness, creativity or self-expression. Including music as a part of your son’s development is a vital tool for teachers to use in enhancing his education.

Trinity Grammar School is renowned for its encouragement of music, operating in purpose built facilities. With music being an essential element of Trinity’s curriculum, most boys at some stage, will learn a musical instrument and engage in group musical activity; such as choir, orchestra, band or ensemble, or a musical stage production.

The Music Department has one of the most dynamic and impressive performance programmes in Australia and, in terms of student participation, is one of the most comprehensive. Commitment of students and staff to achieving excellence in the area of performance has earned them an impressive reputation.

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Topics: Boys' education, Music, Trinity difference, Arts, Education