Music in Early Education at Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong
By: Shrewsbury International Hong Kong
Keen to deliver a similarly aspirational programme within its premium primary setting here in Hong Kong, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong ensures every child receives a full and rich education in Music and the Performing Arts. All students enjoy music lessons as part of their weekly timetable. During these lessons students will make progress on a range of classroom instruments including recorders, ukuleles, and pitched percussion instruments. Students also attend a weekly choral session where they enjoy learning new songs while developing their understanding of how music works.
Following a long standing tradition, it was necessary to undertake a thorough evaluation of the way in which music and musicality impact upon the development of young children. In doing so, we discovered a number of recently conducted studies that supported the long held notion that music enriches learning broadly.
Mary Luehrisen, Executive Director of the National Association of Music Merchants, summarises expertly. "When you look at children aged between two and nine, one of the significant breakthroughs is the benefit music brings to language development."
Kyle Pruett, Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, supports and extends this thinking. "The development of language over time tends to enhance parts of the brain that help process music - and language competence is at the root of social competence. Musical experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent."
Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong's Music Curriculum and Instrumental Music Programme ensures that students learn to appreciate a wide range of music and develop their personal performance skills. The Music department benefits from two whole class teaching rooms, six peripatetic practice rooms, a state-of-the-
Shrewsbury offers all students the opportunity to have individual instrumental lessons at school. Lessons are delivered by visiting teachers and take place predominantly during the school day.
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