The purpose of the music curriculum is to prepare young people for potential work in the music industry and regardless of their final career choices post mastery-stage, the impact of the music curriculum will allow them to enter into their adult lives with greatly enhanced personal skill sets and the unique confidence that out-of-comfort-zone encounters with music can bring.
Music is arguably the greatest achievement of humankind, as exemplified by Einstein (who was a keen musician) when he said: “I know that most joy in my life has come to me from my violin.”
Music expresses our noblest and highest thoughts and helps us to see ourselves as we truly are, from our depths and doubts to our ambitions and dreams. It is the backdrop of our lives, a unique language of pure emotion, without which our existence would be unthinkably dry and dour.
Jeremy C Dawson, Lead Practitioner and CL in Music
When humans celebrate, mourn, dance, cry, love or take leave of one another, music is a well of joy, comfort, solace, and hope.
There is a great deal of documented research that proves the benefits of music for the human mind, for example:
Extract from Daily Telegraph [R. Alleyne, Science Correspondent, 2009]
Lutz Jäncke, a psychologist at the University of Zurich, said:
" Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points, in both children and adults. "The parts of the brain that control hearing, memory, and the part that controls the hands among others, all become more active. Essentially the architecture of the brain changes. "For children especially we found that learning to play the piano for instance teaches them to be more self-disciplined, more attentive and better at planning. All of these things are very important for academic performance, so can therefore make a child brighter. "Of course music isn't the only answer, but I do believe that it should be used in addition to other things. "