Music helps children learn across subjects and can help to build social and cultural values, too.
Music plays an important part of our curriculum here at Clapgate. Using a scheme called Charanga, our music curriculum aims to develop your child's aesthetic judgement of different types of music through singing a range of songs.
We are also extremely fortunate here at Clapgate to have 2 amazing and inspirational music teachers who come into school and work alongside the children to deliver instrumental and vocal tuition, including whole school singing sessions, guitar and recorder lessons and steel pan tuition with our older children.
It is well recognised that music can help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other national curriculum subjects. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, 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, Dr Gordon Shaw realised that students performed markedly better in reasoning tests after listening to a particular Mozart sonata. So don't be surprised if you walk past a class and hear music being played to aid concentration, inspire learning or promote productivity.
Music can also aid memory, which is why singing nursery rhymes and action songs are particularly good for a child's early development.