Effects of a school-based instrumental music programme on primary school children

What every parent, teacher, pupil and educator should know……….

Music aids memory, haven’t you heard?

A German study has found that young children who took instrumental music lessons did better than their peers on verbal memory tests.

An 18-month study, led by Ingo Roden of Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, has confirmed research conducted in Canada and Hong Kong that training in a musical instrument improves children’s speech and language processing.

Writing in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the German researchers report that no similar effect to that of music training was found for children taking an enriched academic curriculum.

The study featured seven- and eight-year-old children (37 boys and 36 girls) recruited from seven primary schools scattered around Germany. Twenty-five received special music training above and beyond the basic school curriculum.

They participated in weekly 45-minute lessons where they played the instrument of their choice – guitar, violin, cello, flute, trumpet,

clarinet or drums – and received tuition, with no more than five in a group. They also practised at home.

Another 25 children,

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Bulletin item – Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September

To S1/S2 Pupils

Instrumental Tuition – A list of audition times is displayed on the Music Department Noticeboard for those pupils interested in instrumental tuition. If your name is not on the list and you think it should be, see Mr Birse today. If you wish to be considered for an instrument, you must attend the audition. Instrumental auditions will be held this week, Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st September.

Thank you and good luck with your audition.

Mr Birse

Instrumental lessons – give your name to Mr Birse if you want lessons

S1 / S2 pupils

Any pupil who would like instrumental lessons, should come to a meeting on Friday 7 September at 12.30 pm in Music room 125. We have spaces in Brass (trumpet, trombone, horn), Woodwind (flute, clarinet, bassoon), Percussion (Drumkit), Guitar, Bass Guitar and piano. You MUST come to this meeting if you want to play a musical instrument.

Mr Birse
PT Music