Music and Learning – Holistic Learning at ISZN

Music and Learning – Holistic Learning at ISZN   Hans Christian Anderson once wrote: ‘Where words fail, music speaks!’   How true this statement is! Why is music important? Simply put, it provides us with joy. But even more than this, music opens corners of the mind unreachable by conventional methods and evokes creativity and emotion that cannot be replicated by traditional classroom practise. In fact, a 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. To build on this concept, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has determined that learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase test scores. However, academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy, as it helps the body and the mind work in conjunction. In fact, exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words whilst dancing to music helps children build motor skills and allows them to practice self-expression.   ISZN has long understood the importance of music within the learning environment and in addition to our Morning Move and class Music lessons, a musical performance is given each year to showcase the students’ skills and enthusiasm. The recent production of Peter Pan allowed many of our students to demonstrate their confidence and most of all, to simply enjoy the freedom of creative expression that the opportunity provided. For as Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” (