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“The study of music has many positive effects on children’s education. Playing an instrument requires coordinated learning on an intellectual level, in psychomotor development and in sensitivity, which contribute to the pupils’ overall development.”
In addition to our outstanding academic records at NACE Schools, we understand that the focus of a truly successful international school should not be merely academic achievement. For this reason, at every NACE private school, music, sporting and art activities are incorporated into the curriculum.
Children’s creativity and self-expression
While music is a fantastic outlet for children’s creativity and self-expression, the benefits of musical training go far beyond this. Various studies have shown the importance of musical instruction on the cognitive development of children. For example, it has been shown that musical training is more efficient than computer instruction in enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills, those which are vital for effective study of science and maths (Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, 1997). Additionally, a study from the University of Wisconsin and the University of California showed that 3 and 4 year olds who received musical training for 8 months scored 43% higher on IQ tests that the children who didn’t.
At a NACE private school, music is integrated into our way of life. To help pupils develop their skills, all NACE private school music teachers are highly qualified, passionate about their subject and dedicated to our students’ achievements. In addition, many of our centres are affiliated with internationally-recognised music centres in their respective cities, to promote high achievement and the development of musical talent. One such example is our connection with Escolanía de Montserrat, one of Europe’s oldest musical institutions. Our school in Mallorca, Agora Portals is an integrated music centre, and able to officially accredit students’ levels. Pupils at NACE Schools have the opportunity to join the school choir or orchestra which aside from offering them the chance to perfect their skills, encourages team work and a sense of community spirit through participation in regular performances in front of their peers.
Benefits of musical training
Unlike many schools where it is relegated to extra-curricular status, for pupils at a NACE private school, music plays a key part in their learning. It goes much further than the demands of a school’s musical curriculum. As well as the traditional teachings, all students learn to play at least one musical instrument from the variety offered at each individual school, for example, piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, trumpet and guitar, and have the chance to hone their skills with classes and self-study sessions. Together with the study of reading music, our teaching ensures that they are well-equipped to transfer their skills to other instruments if they wish. For students at a NACE private school, music also incorporates the development of their vocal abilities and capacity with singing lessons, encouraging the self-confidence necessary to achieve in all aspects of their personal and academic live.
In addition to the cognitive, emotional and social benefits of musical training and education, we believe that in each private school, music is a key element in the promotion of our values. Through participation and practice, students develop self-discipline and exertion, team work and attention to detail. These ideals form part of our dedication here at NACE to an education in values, significant not only in an academic environment but vital for participation in the wider community at each stage of the students’ lives.