24 OCT

Harmonising Minds: The Impact of Music Education in Stage 2

Parents & Carers, College News, Junior School, Christian Community, English

We are incredibly fortunate at Nowra Anglican College to have a comprehensive Performing Arts program that runs from Kindergarten all the way through to Year 12 and offers multiple learning opportunities grow in the disciplines of Dance, Drama and Music.

I wanted to take a moment to share with you the remarkable opportunities available to all students in Years 3 and 4.

Research has shown that music education can have a profound impact on a child's cognitive development. Learning to play an instrument enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and mathematical skills. It also boosts memory and improves concentration, which can significantly benefit their performance in other subjects.

In Year 3, our young musicians begin their musical adventure by learning an instrument and undertaking small group lessons with specialist music tutors. This early exposure to the world of music not only ignites a passion for creativity but also offers a host of benefits that extend far beyond the realm of music itself. In Year 4, our students continue their instrumental lessons in a group setting, and take another exciting step in playing as part of a band or the string ensemble.

Singing is also an important part of our music curriculum due to its emotional, mental and intellectual benefits, particularly in an ensemble setting. In year 3 and 4 we have an added 50 minutes a fortnight dedicated to choir singing. During these sessions students make cross-curricular connections as they discuss lyrics, explore different languages and culture, and experience a range of carefully chosen repertoire in a variety of musical styles.

This weekly engagement in group music-making fosters a sense of belonging and unity. Your children will learn to collaborate harmoniously with their peers, fostering friendships and building a support network that extends beyond the music room.

In conclusion, our Stage 2 music program offers an array of benefits that enrich your child's overall education. From cognitive development to improved performance in other subjects, increased self-confidence to enhanced social skills, music education truly shapes well-rounded individuals. We are proud to be a part of their musical journey and look forward to seeing them thrive in all areas of their education.

Ms Jane McIntosh
Head of Performing Arts.

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