Music has the power to illuminate and enhance lives. As a music educators, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to know, enjoy and grow with music.
Music training improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theater or dance. - German Institute of Economic Research
Music education develops well-rounded people. Students who studied music had higher grades, higher test scores, better attendance records and higher rates of community engagement than other students. Music training helps in the development of spatial-temporal reasoning, imperative for working through solutions to complex problems found in fields such as mathematics, architecture, engineering and science.- Arts education policy analyst, James Caterall, 1999 UCLA.
Music education works on the language processing parts of our brains. Good working memory, the ability to disambiguate speech sounds and make quick sound-to-meaning connection are strengthened in children who are engaged in playing a musical instrument. Music training increases a child's brain plasticity, and can help older musicians resist the effects of aging and cognitive decline - Professor Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University.
Every child is gifted and musical, but in order for their learning to take root and grow, we need parents to support them at home in their daily learning instead of just relying on the teacher to teach once a week. Support for parents include digital home material for practice and parent in-class sit-in for children below 8 taking junior instrument coaching.
When should I start my child on music lessons?
It is never too early to start learning music. We will provide one-to-one coaching if the child can demonstrate acceptance to rules, guidelines and suggestions of the teacher. Younger children who are enrolled for one-to-one music lesson should also have the attention span for daily 15 to 25 minutes individual practice.
Taking up an instrument and going through ABRSM examination is not a waste of money and time.
ABRSM examination from Grades 6-8 are assigned UCAS points, which is useful for students planning to apply for university courses in Art, Media and Publishing, as well as Performing Arts. A Grade 8 Pass with Distinction for Practical in Piano (or other instruments) and Theory provide you a maximum of 105 points, while a Grade 6 Pass in Practical and Theory provide a minimum of 30 points. Otherwise, doing music will give you something great to talk about at your university entrance interview and it will show that you are a well-rounded person who are hardworking and dedicated to be able to reach the level that you are on.
With a pass in Grade 8, you can also consider a career in teaching music and continue your education by taking the ABRSM Certificate of Teaching course, diploma or degree in music.
Am I too old to learn to play an instrument?
Adults can take up a music instrument to connect with their musically inclined children. It motivates them to see their parents trying hard to learn new songs and adults can also benefit from sharpened memory because the learning process keeps the mind alert. You can relieve stress at home and at work by playing soothing music to calm your mind and feel good every time your master a new song. Playing an instrument is fun, especially when you get to share your new skill with family members by playing in an ensemble, duet or just let everyone sing along.
6th March 2016