We feel that the provision for music at Atwood is excellent and makes us unique among other Croydon schools.
The senior leadership team alongside Atwood’s governors have invested in music provision over the last decade, and therefore Atwood boasts one large music classroom with two adjacent smaller practise rooms, as well as a larger practise room opposite our library. Furthermore, Atwood has a separate ‘Green Screen Room’ so that children can record various TV shows against the green background. Within the same room, there is a Radio Station for children to make their own radio shows.
The reason staff and governors believe so much in music is that it has been proven to have a significant number of benefits that aid every child with their academic subjects, as well as with their social, spiritual, mental and emotional development.
Why is music so important?
- Musical training helps develop language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
- Music promotes a mastery of memorisation. Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform.
- Pupils who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
- Music encourages sense of achievement. Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but an achievable goal. Pupils who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievements.
- Pupils can develop their mathematical and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.
- Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and fosters a child’s imagination.
- Children who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
- Children who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by ‘thinking outside the box’ and realising that there may be more than one right answer.
- Many musical education activities require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, children will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
- Music is fun!
For some useful information from the Arts Council on how music helps us learn, click here.
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