Phoenix College

Orchestra

Orchestra

Phoenix College added orchestra music to its curriculum in 2013. This was the first group of recorders which compromised of learners from grade 2 to 10.

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The learners have their lessons after school as an extracurricular activity. At the end of each term they are given a report which explains about their progress. 

 

A skill a child develops in general music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor language and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to learn music during early development helps, they learn the sounds and meanings of words, for example in rhymes.

The learners have their lessons after school as an extracurricular activity. At the end of each term they are given a report which explains about their progress. 

 

A skill a child develops in general music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor language and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to learn music during early development helps, they learn the sounds and meanings of words, for example in rhymes.

Benefits of Learning Music

Playing an orchestra music instrument helps a child academically. When children learn to play music their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps develop “neurophysiological” distinction between certain sounds that can aid in literacy which can translate into improved academic skills for children. The structured music lessons significantly enhance children cognitive abilities including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition which lead to improved academic performance. 


Regularly playing instrument teaches a child perseverance, discipline and responsibility which are important skills for accomplishing anything in life. Playing music also fills the child with a sense of accomplishment, after all a child feels good about mastering a chord or instrument. Duration of music and music participation impacts academic achievement.

It offers benefits to eye-hand co-ordination as well as increased cognitive skills such as concentration and visual recognition. Studies show indicate that this tends to show that children who participate in orchestra programs higher success in learning areas like maths and reading.

Members of the orchestra learn to listen and non-verbally communicate to create music as a team. One of the biggest positives will be the connections a child makes with other learners. The child experiences increased enjoyment while learning teamwork, cooperation, acquiring knowledge and also developing self confidence and sense of responsibility. Health changes for the better and so will the learners hearing and posture. 

In conclusion orchestra helps them to learn to wait to play their instrument at the proper time, learn to adjust to fit their movement and sounds with those of others. They learn how to co-operate and collaborate and are also learning sympathy and empathy.

Group 1 – recorders

This group is composed of learners who are beginners in music starting from grade 2 upwards. They learn the basics of music that is reading of notes, posture, rhythm, aural skilis, discipline, finger placements and spatial (resting, miming and piaying positions). 

Group 2 – strings

This is a group of learners who specialize in string instruments which are violin (smallest), violas and cellos (which is the biggest at our school). We have yet another.one more, double bass, which is the instrument but we don’t have it in our school. The strings are played most often by drawing a bow across them.

Group 3 – winds

This is a group of learners who specialize in wind instruments, which are trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets. These instruments produce sound by a vibrating column of air blown by the player.

All these instruments are provided by the school, except for the recorders for the beginners. The lessons are free. At the end of the year the learners have concerts to celebrate their achievements. The orchestra also provides entertainment for the school during occasions like prize giving ceremonies and any other meetings; we have learners who have done their exams with Unisa takes about 10 months.

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