We love music. From the youngest Parent & Child gathering, to our middle school classrooms, students play music regularly. Walk the halls of our school, and you’ll hear students and faculty singing, first graders playing recorder, our middle school ensemble tuning up. Early childhood teachers sing their children into orderly lines to wash hands, middle school children learn complicated choral arrangements. Why? Music gives us energy and focus, it lifts our spirits and even reminds us of the perfect order of a mathematical relationship.
All our students share in the experience of making music, whether by singing a song while we put on our boots, learning songs for a seasonal festival, or playing Bach in a string quartet. Music not only touches our hearts, but strengthens cognitive abilities as well.
It may be of interest to read some recent articles about the benefits of music:
PBS.org – The Benefits of Music Education
ParentingScience.com – Music & Intelligence