Music education is an important part of our broad and balanced curriculum.
It has been proved that music has many positive benefits and here are five great reasons below.
1. Music stimulates brain development in children - studies have shown that children who learn an instrument have better neural processing and a higher IQ. Music has also been proved to improve reading comprehension skills!
2. Music is a way that children can connect with other people. Children often work as part of an ensemble or group in music and this helps to build relationships. Even whilst working at home music is a fun activity to share with the family.
3. Music integrates many subjects. Children can use music to support them working in other subjects such as maths, reading and writing. We often use songs and music to learn things such as times tables in school.
4. Music teaches discipline and time management skills. Music requires practise and children learn that in order to get better at something you have to practise regualrly. This teaches children to balance their responsibilities which is an important life skill.
5. Finally, music is a great stress reliever. Studies have shown that music can improve your mood and reduce the feelings of burn out.
With all these fantastic benefits it is so important that we continue to deliver a music curriculum to the children.
During lockdown there are some great resources that you can use at home to help your child and even the whole family enjoy the benefits above. I have added some links and ideas you can try below.
Rock Steady Music
Rock Steady Music School are offering some free live lessons throughout lock down. They are calling these Feel Good Fridays.
There will be two different lessons streaming, one for KS1 children and one for KS2.
Teachers will add a link to the live lessons to your childs Teams page but you can watch one of the previous sessions by clicking on the links below.
Oak Academy have created some super music lessons for both KS1 and KS2.
I have added the links below.