Music at Marlborough
I am really looking forward to tonight's African Drumming Performance as it is the culmination of all the practice and skill development by our students who have been working with our drum teacher, Kofi. Our students have had this fantastic experience with a Musician in Residence thanks to the hard work of our Parents Association and our school community who support our fundraising events. We will continue to use PA raised funds in the future to provide fantastic learning opportunities for our students, so your support of fundraising events is highly appreciated.
Playing, listening to and creating music … involves a tantalizing mix of practically every human cognitive function.
-'Music, the food of neuroscience?', Rober Zatorre (2005)
Seeing the students develop their musical skills has reinforced for me the importance that music plays within education. Whilst appreciation and exposure to music is highly stimulating for students, actually making your own music and developing your capacity to play an instrument has been shown to make significant improvements in learning outcomes across the curriculum.
This attachment provides further details about the cognitive impact of music lessons:
With this in mind, providing more opportunities for all of our students to be involved in developing their musical talents, either with a specialist music teacher or musicians in residence, will continue to grow and strengthen as a key part of the curriculum at Marlborough. Along with our well established Just Brass Program and our highly skilled Instrumental Teachers, we aim to provide outstanding educational opportunities for our students in music.
We are committed to providing a school experience that maximises both academic and well-being outcomes for all our students. The most effective way to do this is by implementing best practices across the curriculum that research shows will improve these outcomes. That may be with how we teach (our instructional practice) and also includes what we teach (music, STEAM, etc).