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☰ Musical Opportunities

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Musical Opportunities

Posted on April 20 2016

Whether your child is going to be the next Adele, or more likely sing their solos in the shower, they are bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning your Do – Re –Mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.

Recent research shows that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances children’s developmental skills. Music also helps children’s language development and their ability to decode sounds and words. It increases the brain’s ability to process information and therefore has been proven to boost IQ levels and even test scores.

This week saw the first Bellevue Northern Music Concert performed at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Forest Park had been busy preparing and rehearsing a number of performances for this fantastic event that culminated in over one hundred and fifty children performing a variety of songs and ensembles. It was a great success and highlighted another example of the wonderful opportunities on offer at Forest Park.

At Forest Park, we ensure that the children are provided with an extensive music curriculum program. The children receive regular music lessons taught by a specialist music teacher - children as young as three learn the importance of signing and composing sounds with instruments. Our creative themed based curriculum also incorporates music in many of our day to day lessons. The school has a choir that performs regularly to wider audiences and we also offer individual instrumental lessons including; piano, guitar, violin and clarinet. The school has an orchestra and samba band. It also enables whole cohorts to learn musical instruments such as the recorder or ukulele.

The results are that the children at Forest Park display many of the benefits that the research shows. Our children are confident, motivated learners that progress well. They continue to develop their love for learning and have a real hunger for music.

If music be the food of education, play on!

Nick Tucker

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