INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL LESSONS
We have ten specialist peripatetic teachers who visit weekly to deliver instrumental tuition to individual students. These lessons are paid for on a termly basis and there is an option to hire an instrument.
We offer individual lessons in the following instruments*:
*if your instrument is not listed here, we may be able to find a teacher for you!
Trumpet & Cornet
Horns & Euphonium
THE BENEFITS OF PARTAKING IN MUSIC MAKING
Neuroscientists have participated in a lot of research over the last few decades using ‘real time’ scanners to see what happens in the brain when participating in various activities.
Studies suggest that there are few activities that involve so many parts of the brain at once.
A recent study compared the brains of non-musicians and musicians whilst undertaking everyday activities such as solving maths problems, reading, etc. In real time, neuroscientists could see that specific parts of the brain were engaged and ‘lit up.’ However, when asked to listen to music, the scientists found that the participants’ brains lit up in multiple places like fireworks. They had found that music activated more parts of the brain than any other activity.
When the scientists turned from music listeners to music makers, the humble firework display turned into a jubilee. Making music is the brain’s equivalent to a full body workout, simultaneously processing different types of information in intricate and interrelated sequences.
Making music combines the precise and linguistic left side of the brain with the novel and creative right side of the brain integrating motor skills which are controlled by both hemispheres of the brain. There is evidence that musicians have a more developed ‘bridge’ between the two hemispheres allowing messages to move faster and more efficiently.
ADDITIONAL EDUCATION NEEDS
Many learning difficulties are currently understood to be a miscommunication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Learning a musical instrument strengthens the ‘bridge’ between these two parts. Making music can also strengthen the areas of the brain that can be weak in children with additional educational needs – the auditory, visual (spatial) and motor cortices.
Studies indicate that when a child with ADHD learns a musical instrument, their attention, concentration, impulse control, social functioning, self-esteem, self-expression, motivation and memory improve. Some studies show that children who have difficulty focusing with background noise are particularly helped by music lessons.
Playing an instrument provides stimulation to all areas of the brain - the equivalent of a full brain workout. As in any workout, disciplined, structured practice strengthens these brain functions allowing other non-musical tasks to benefit.
Playing a musical instrument engages every area of the brain at once, especially the visual, auditory and motor cortices. The visual, auditory and motor cortices are tied to speech and language, reading, comprehension, maths, problem solving, brain organisation, focusing, concentration and attention.
By actively using these parts of the brain simultaneously and regularly, it will become stronger and more efficient in all activities both academic and interpersonal. Did we also mention it’s really fun?!
Cited from: TedTalk by Dr Anita Collins – Music educator, academic and music education researcher.
‘Additude Mag’, strategies and support for parents of children with ADHD and LD.