In Maryvale Catholic School, we recognise the importance of music in forming a well-rounded and balanced individual, and of music's impact in helping children to learn across all subjects.
Music forms part of the National Curriculum for all children in Primary Schools. The aim of teaching music is to develop your child's aesthetic judgement of different types of music and to help children also acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to make music.
Some of the benefits of the many benefits of music are: developing listening skills, the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time, creativity, developing intuitions, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. Music may also be able to directly help your child to learn. Interest in the effect of music on children's learning really took off with the discovery of what is now known as the ‘Mozart effect’. In 1992 the late Dr Gordon Shaw realised that students performed markedly better in reasoning tests after listening to a particular Mozart sonata. He said the patterns and symmetries in Mozart's music are very cerebral and organised in a way that takes account of how our brains learn most effectively. It is said this helps to develop a child's spatial temporal reasoning skills, developing the ability to think in patterns and pictures. All children need this in order to understand concepts such as left and right, to balance and to avoid bumping into things. Later it helps with more complex skills, such as reading and understanding maps and graphs. Music can also aid memory, which is why singing nursery rhymes and action songs are particularly good for a child's early development.
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