Music at Gladstone

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Why Music? Here’s some reasons why….


Richard Gill, Australian musician and educator speaks on National Radio NZ


“The benefits of music education has been researched for decades. Most recently neuroscientists have been excited about the significant differences they have seen between the brain functions of musicians, when compared with non-musicians. It has become clear that music education before the age of 7 has the greatest benefits to brain development. Furthermore it has been found that it only takes, at the very least, an hour a week of structured, formal music education to make permanent and positive changes to the brain functions of every child. This film has been made for music educators, parents, principals and policy makers to help get across the importance of music education in every child’s education.”

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Jake Shimabukuro
Music in education is important because it builds character in young people. It’s good for the human spirit and inspires the soul. When people feel good, they do good things. Music strengthens the community and breaks down social and economic barriers. Music programs like concert and marching band, as well student orchestra, gives individuals like myself, who don’t excel in organized sports, a chance to experience what it’s like to be part of a team. In band, you have to train mentally and physically, commit to rehearsals and take responsibility for your part in the music. There’s a common goal, and when it is reached, there is a feeling of accomplishment and pride that is not experienced in trigonometry class or world history. Music is important because it exercises parts of our brain that help us to excel in other areas of academics. Everyone has P.E. (physical education) in school where they are required to play basketball, tennis, dodge ball, or go swimming for an hour. Well, music is simply P.E. for our brain. – Jake

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