Music is one of the central parts of life here at St Peter’s. Children learn to read music from an early age and all learn a brass instrument in Year 4. There are choirs, wind bands and flute groups and we encourage and support children at all abilities to help them achieve their best.
We know that learning a musical instrument has huge benefits to a child, Classic FM earlier this year outlined the 10 benefits of learning a musical instrument. Many studies show a correlation between musical training and academic success as learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving memory and abstract and reasoning skills.
By learning an instrument you have different opportunities – last week, the Chamber Choir were lucky enough to have the opportunity to sing with the English Touring Opera in a sold out performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Exeter Cathedral on Friday night. Well done to all involved, a really super event.
As children move onto Senior Schools being part of the orchestra or band will mean that they have a ready made social group. And this can then lead on to adulthood where being part of a musical ensemble or choir can hugely enhance quality of life. Music making builds skills in leadership and team-building as well as individual progress. There are stress-relieving benefits, a knowledge of practice paying off and leading to a sense of achievement as well as developing confidence and creativity. We read of children having to deal with new levels of anxiety in the modern day to day. Being part of music and involved in music is a strategy which we can develop in children to help them cope as they move towards adulthood.
Last Wednesday St Peter’s performed in a wonderful concert alongside Lympstone Primary School to raise funds for the Lympstone Church. I was very proud of those who performed.
My message to all parents is – encourage your child to take up an instrument and keep supporting the music practice – it is worth it!