Junior Preparatory |
Music: The Importance Of
The arts in general and music in particular play an important part in a boy’s development and studies have shown that in monastic schools, boys are far more willing to become involved in a cultural programme.
Over the past 2 years, the music programme at St Benedict’s has grown considerably and we now have 25 boys taking music as an FET subject and approximately 160 boys from Grade R to 12 learning individual instruments. We have four full-time staff members and 11 part-time instrumental teachers.
The study of music supports all subjects and advantages boys in the following ways:
- Music combines left-brain (logical) and right-brain (creative) activity. This results in much stronger links being formed between the two sides of the brain.
- Music instruction is linked to success in many other subjects because of the self-discipline required and also the manner in which it can build self-confidence by developing creativity and allowing boys to find freedom of expression while succeeding at complex things.
- Music uses mathematical skills like counting, fractions, and ratios and it develops the ability to understand and use symbols, similar to language skills.
- Music encourages creativity and team work – both important commodities in today’s job market.
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