Music and the arts

We will be linking Harrow Music Service to offer a range of musical activities in our school, right from the moment we open.

What do we mean by music in education?

1. All children will learn to play a musical instrument

Every child learn an instrument in year 3 (and have the option to continue to do so). There are many benefits of learning to play a musical instrument and it is strongly linked with improved academic performance. When reviewing all the different ways that a curriculum can be enriched, few showed as strong impact as learning a musical instrument.

2. Music will take leading role in the life of the school.

Music strengthens the sense of community and individual identity. We will offer a school choir, steel pans and ensembles. There will be an hour's dedicated music class per week for all children, training so that teachers can integrate music into their teaching and strong links with borough-wide music activities. Our extended school provision will greatly increase the amount of music on offer too.

Why is music important?

The case for the benefits of music in school is one of the most compelling of all the research areas in enriched education. And it has the added bonus of being great fun.

A paper by Youth Music concluded that, amongst other benefits, learning music from a young age:

•    Expands problem solving and memory skills

•    Encourage creativity, confidence and self-esteem

•    Helps to develop a sense of identity

•    Helps children to develop language and reading (due to assisting brain development)

•    Improved spatial-temporal reasoning

•    Improved motivation – a key factor in academic success

•    The benefits are especially felt for those from low-income backgrounds or who are disaffected and disengaged.

And “Simply listening to music does not have the same effect.”

 “Young children who take music lessons show more advanced brain development and improved memory than those who do not” The Telegraph

The Arts

Taking our cue from an emphasis on music and communication skills, Mariposa Primary School has a strong arts programme. In common with music, visual and performing arts will both be integrated into lessons and offered as extra activities.

Many of the reasons are the same as music:
the positive effect

  • on individual and community identity
  • on children’s self-esteem
  • and also to make learning fun. Because we know children learn best when they are enjoying themselves.

The arts are a fantastic vehicle for so much of the curriculum, bringing subjects to life and making them interesting. Furthermore, they work on a ‘whole child’ level – children are developing physically and emotionally at the same time as intellectually. For children, especially younger children, this whole child approach is crucial if they are to develop into balanced, healthy and happy individuals.


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