Getting children to practise music can be challenging. Music practice requires routine and discipline and needs to be driven by parents. The study of music is a family commitment, in much the same way as rowing, swimming, or water polo. Music practice, particularly for younger children, is led by parents.
By Ryan Lim (Year 7)
Trinity Grammar School offers a variety of opportunities for students to engage with music. For example, wind instruments, percussions, theory, choirs, various string instruments and much more. The School also offers many ensembles that perform regularly, such as Chapel Band, Trinity Singers and orchestras.
In recent Trinity news, 2017 graduate Brian Kim, of Baulkham Hills is the first ever Australian flautist to be accepted for under graduate study at a prestigious music school in Paris, and will be taught by Professor Phillipe Bernold, one of the world’s top flute teachers.
Still on a high from achieving 44/45 (an ATAR equivalent of 99.85) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma last year, Brian did not rest on his laurels, practising vigorously ahead of auditions for tertiary study overseas. The effort paid off with Brian being offered a position at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, to study flute. Alumni of the Conservatoire include renowned French composers Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel and Camille Saint-Saëns.
By Nicholas Ayoub, Year 6, Junior School
Music has always been a part of my life. At home and in the car, we listen to classical music CDs and when I was five years old I started to learn the violin. In the early stages I was sometimes given little rewards for practising, but now I practice independently.
When you mention performing arts, most boys might think of musicals and plays, but performing arts actually covers a vast range of disciplines from music and drama to dance and public speaking. While many boys might also consider these activities enjoyable, they may not realise the academic advantages gained by those who actively participate in them.
We all want our children to be passionate, curious and motivated to learn about the world around them. So how do we provide them with the opportunities they need to encourage this inside and outside of the classroom?
At Trinity Grammar School, we believe that your son’s education should extend beyond the classroom walls. Co-curricular activities are essential to growing well-rounded boys who are confident, passionate, curious and motivated to learn.
The 2017 Trinity Arts Festival is an annual event that showcases performances and exhibitions in all facets of the Creative and Performing Arts, from drama, debating and music, to art, creative writing and lots more. Starting on Thursday 25 May the festival continues until Friday 9 June 2017.
A highlight of the event is the Trinity Friday Night Fever experience to be held on Friday 2 June 2017. Friday Night Fever offers a unique opportunity to experience the Creative Arts at Trinity Grammar School, through a variety of short performances that are repeated every 45 minutes.
For 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.
Top 10 facts about music education
At Trinity Grammar School we believe that every boy should be provided with the opportunity to play an instrument, sing and learn music. Our top 10 facts about music education highlight the many ways learning music can benefit your child. Learning music will:
A Creative Arts classroom is not simply a place where the technical skills of painting, acting, photography, musicianship and drawing are taught. It is also a place where these skills are employed to express ideas, interrogate the world, formulate self-identity and to challenge assumptions. In fact, if you scratch the surface of any great artwork you’ll find more than just pigment … but rather, a battlefield of politics, religion, philosophy, history and culture.
Art allows students to value the lessons learned through the trials of experimentation and to understand the way in which the journey shapes the outcome. You need to prepare students for tragedies as well as triumphs. It’s what makes the final victory worthwhile.
Here are 5 ways that study of the arts can prepare children for life outside the classroom: