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Why music ?      

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything" Plato. Add a little sweetness to your life; make music a part of your world. 

 1) For the young learners

We believe the renowned Dr Shinichi Suzuki who famously declared "Any child has the possibility to become musically inclined. Musical ability is not inborn but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. Talent will sprout according to how the children are raised."


The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK (ABRSM) puts it another way "Every child is born with some degree of musical intelligence or ability to understand music. This intelligence of course has to be cultivated by training and experience, in much the same way that a child develops other skills such as walking or talking. The rate of a child's musical development depends on the level of encouragement and opportunity to experience and enjoy music. Children quickly learn either to enjoy or to fear musical activity." 

 

According to the Australian Council for the Arts, only 20% of the children learn to play music when 70% of the adults wish they had done so. Therefore wheyou learn to play an instrument you are acquiring a lifelong desirable skill which the majority of the population does not have but wish they had!! 

Musical learning is multifaceted, encompassing the development of physical coordination and technique, emotional expression, creativity, knowledge and cognitive skills. Early musical training has been shown to help develop different brain areas, teach children to think creatively and has been linked to spatial intelligence. Research shows that music is one of the best stimulants for improved connectivity between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and between areas responsible for emotion and memory. A two years study of a group of 4-5 year olds by University of California, Irvine, who were given music training revealed an improvement in puzzle-solving skills by 34% over another group of children who were given computer lessons.

 

The business world is changing, technology is changing and even the job market is changing. Conventional, proven techniques of analysis and problem solving like critical thinking, logic and reasoning may not be enough anymore in this changing time. More innovative, imaginative, inventive, creative, lateral and multi-level thinking is sought after. This requires the training of the musical side of the brain. Musical thinking involves making non linear, abstract, intuitive and instinctive links between all the various elements that make up music. This kind of holistic thinking can only happen properly when the WHOLE brain is being accessed and when all types of thinking are fully stimulated and linked. Engaging with music therefore wakes our brains up to limitless possibilities!! Anyone making music will be physically involved, mentally alert and creatively inspired.

To be work ready in the new century, children must know how to solve problems and work with people. Traditionally schools do a good job teaching critical thinking skill to solve problems and communication skill to work with people. This involve mainly the left brain. But in the new century, we need 2 additional skills which involve the right brain - creative thinking skill to solve problems and collaboration skill to work with teams of people.    


These four 21st century skills needed for success are listed below:-

The interaction between critical thinking and creative thinking is illustrated below:- 


Both types of thinking work like pistons in an engine, driving the problem-solving process. 


Critical thinking is focused and reductive. 

It analyzes and calculates. 


Creative thinking is original and expansive. 

It experiments and invents. 


Together, they create power. 


Musical training enhances creative thinking and also collaboration skills. 


In 2019 for the first time AMEB introduces the new Piano (collaborative) syllabus for Grade 5 to 8 students.  

Also while the left brain is good at deductive reasoning, the right brain (when properly trained) seems to be better at inductive reasoning. 


In this dynamic, ever changing and complex world, both types of reasoning skills are important.  

Albert Einstein (the Nobel Prize scientist) famously said "I often think in music; I live my daydreams in music." To him, music was a key part of his thinking and creative process. Einstein learned music from the age of 5 from his mother (who was a piano teacher) and played in the string quartet weekly all through his adult life. 

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Therefore to keep up with the changing times, the way we educate our children must also change so that our children will be well equipped for the FUTURE .............. rather than the PAST (It is like trying to get ready for yesterday!). Our children will never be able to compete against the computers; they won't be able to work faster or harder than the computers and their knowledge banks won't be bigger than the computers'. That's why we need to teach our children to work with and not against the computers. Therefore the traditional way of just ensuring that our children have good databases (knowledge content) through data transfer from the teachers to the students is not enough anymore. More importantly students now need good operating systems (creativity through left and right brain development) as the databases can always be expanded later. 

The certificates awarded to students by AMEB and ABRSM for music subjects are recognised by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) and contribute towards achieving the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Please see accreditation flyers below for information about credit contribution.

Moreover music can also be used as pathway to gain entry into competitive Public Schools as well as to secure scholarships in prestigious Private Schools which would save you a princely sum of money!!

 

Early music training also does wonders for the child's self esteem and confidence. Dami Im (2013 Channel 7's X-Factor winner) is a living proof of this. "When I first moved over to Australia (at the age of nine) I didn't speak a word of English but I could play the piano. I think the other kids thought I was strange.....at first, but people respected me when I played and I felt that it showed I had skills.........It pushed me to keep playing and really boosted my confidence......" quote from Logan City Council magazine, Vol 24, November 2013, page 4. From there, there is no turning back and the rest of course is history. 

Along the way the child also develops many valuable life skills like leadership, commitment, discipline, perseverance, focus, independent learning, reflection, risk taking, teamwork, creativity, composure, emotional regulation, dependability, respect, active listening, time management, making connections (i.e. ability to see how things fit together), self expression, striving for excellence, goal setting, pride in result and producing artistic results which will put the child in good stead for the future. Moreover making music provides a sense of belonging for the child and that is why a child who joins a band does not join a gang!!


Music education also enhances language development capabilities. 


Finally it is soooooo cooool and fun to play an instrument once you have mastered it!!

 Need more convincing? Watch this........

 

2) For the adult learners

 

 

In our modern world of shallow relationships and frenetic pace of life, music brings solace to the soul because of its calming effect. Music touches many areas of our lives where other human endeavours fail to reach. Often music becomes the refuge and even the anchor of our souls.  


While science and technology bring about advances and conveniences to our daily lives, it is music which brings joy to daily living. And joy is something which our crazy paced modern world, with its ever-increasing stress and depression levels, desperately needs more of. Albert Einstein famously said, "I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my music."  


Berthold Auerbach suggested that "Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" while Oliver Wendell Holmes recommended that we "Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.”  

 

Jerry Garcia commented that "We need magic, bliss, power, myth, celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it." Jewel went further and asserted that "Some people think music education is a privilege but I think it's essential to being human. Music is the soul of all humanity". 


Edgar Watson Howe surmised that “When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.”

 

Music provides enjoyment, relaxation, entertainment and sparks the imagination. It is the poetry of the air and creates a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do withoutMusic certainly enriches our lives and puts us in touch with our soul, feelings and emotions.

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” - Victor Hugo

 

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” - E. Y. Harburg

 

"Music is love in search of a word." - Sidney Lanier

 

Music is healing to the heart, soul, mind and maybe even the body. Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole.


Researchers from the Taipei Medical University found this connection between music and pain relief; music modulates the brain’s limbic system which controls both physical pain and emotional anguish. It triggers several neurochemical effects that help to distract patients who listen to music from negative feelings and view pain differently. Music also reduces the release of stress hormones and seems to affect the brain’s opioid system

 

"A person does not hear sound only through the ears; he hears sound through every pore of his body. It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation; it either wakens or soothes the nervous system. It arouses a person to greater passions or it calms him by bringing him peace. According to the sound and its influence a certain effect is produced. Sound becomes visible in the form of radiance. This shows that the same energy which goes into the form of sound before being visible is absorbed by the physical body. In that way the physical body recuperates and becomes charged with new magnetism." - From 'Mysticism of Sound' by Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

The attached link The effect music has on the brain is a good read.

 

And lastly music is the universal language of mankind as it allows us to experience the same emotions regardless of culture, race or language. Music proves that we are all the same in heart and spirit. Music speaks where words fail. It expresses feeling and thought, without language. It was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. 

  

Music can be your career, your hobby or your sanctuary.


So in conclusion..... besides the JOY and FUN of music making, the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument are NUMEROUS, EXTRAORDINARY, TRANSFERABLE and LIFELONG.