Three ways school results can be improved by teaching music

The importance of children learning music in schools

It’s consistent with the forthcoming play based learning approach

Music can have a tremendous impact with regard to improving memory retention and language processing – a fact that seems to have registered with the Irish Government, as stated in a recent report on The Journal.ie website.

Leo Varadkar in December announced a renewed focus on arts education within schools in the form of the Creative Youth Programme, according to the article by Chris Rooney, a music educator working for Dabbledoo Music. The programme aims to give every child a significant level of education in a variety of creative subjects, which include music, art and drama, he wrote.

Mr Rooney has highlighted the three main potential advantages of this approach in classrooms across the country.

“Music can help improve students’ performances in other areas”

Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford hit the headlines on October.

“Children begin with musical games, learning “rhythm, hand signs and movement”, something that is far more effective than cramming in extra maths or English because “the kids hate learning” said headteacher Naveed Idrees.”

“Music supports the proposed move towards play-based learning”

Proposed reforms in Ireland are inspired by high performing education systems, writes Rooney, with Finland being cited as a particularly good example. Children will not study “traditional” subjects until they reached ten years of age according to Minister for Education Richard Bruton – which was widely reported on the Irish Times website.

Rooney wrote

“…a music curriculum consisting of learning songs and creating as a group, could be a positive first step in helping a primary school to deploy a programme focused on this new method of teaching.”

“Music can help in reducing child anxiety levels”

The article cross-references with the publication of a report from the Irish Primary Principals Network “which reported increasing anxiety levels among primary school children in Ireland.”

Music is a superb vehicle for reversing this trend argues Rooney, enabling children to both gain confidence and improve their capabilities of working within a group situation.

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