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.