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"Without music, life would be a mistake."

 Friedrich Nietzsche


The value of Music Within our Curriculum


Prestolee believes that developing a love for learning in Music is crucial and we do this, by inspiring curiosity and providing children with the essential skills and knowledge to build upon and prepare them for the next stage. We aim to provide a high quality music education knowing that teaching music is highly important for the following reasons:


  1. Music boosts school improvement - when the magic of music is allowed to permeate the whole curriculum it can have a positive impact on everything from academic attainment to student attendance.

  2. Music improves learning skills - Hallam (2015, p. 72) notes that ‘overall, the evidence from correlation studies suggests that children who experience musical training have advantages across all school subjects except sport.

  3. Music fosters team working – Music promotes the importance of working harmoniously with others towards a common goal.

  4. Music builds life skills - Playing an instrument or learning to sing requires real concentration, quietness and calm whether on stage or in the classroom. Working alongside other members of a musical group helps children to recognise their own skills and appreciate those of others. This builds life skills such as empathy, problem solving and communication, and a sense of responsibility and commitment.

  5. Music underpins better behaviour - To learn music you need discipline. To play well requires regular practice and dedication.

  6. Music encourages creativity - Music enables young people to express themselves like no other medium. It empowers them to shape their world through sound and allows them to exercise their imaginations. Encouraging creativity also teaches them to think outside the box when problem solving. To succeed in the future, children will need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative, and arts education will help.

  7. Music is for life - An early start in music often results in music becoming a life-long passion. The skills acquired from learning music can feed into your everyday, whilst playing, listening and enjoying music never needs to end!

  8. Music is an educational building block - The Department for Education has stated that a high-quality music education can improve self-confidence, behaviour and social skills as well as improve academic achievement across the curriculum with disadvantaged children benefiting the most.

  9. Music is fun - Music making is not only good for the brain but also the heart! Young people enjoy the pleasure of mastering a tune or a song.

  10. Music is for everyone - Music is inclusive irrespective of abilities. Music gives children a unique motivation to participate and communicate and advances in technology mean more children than ever can take part in and reap the many benefits of a music education.