As part of TEA’s expansion in music a range of individual instrumental lessons are being offered by specialist musicians. At present about 20 pupils ranging from years 1 to 9 are receiving lessons. Mrs Short is teaching violin and Mrs Johnson piano (supplemented also by the department’s Miss Kate). Plans are well underway to include guitar, drums, flute, clarinet and brass instruments in the scheme. This will enable in the future to run groups such as orchestra and bands.
The benefits of learning a musical instrument have been well documented for improving skills such as hand/eye co-ordination and concentration which in turn improves skills in other subject areas. But most importantly students get to experience the sheer enjoyment of producing their own music.
All those currently on the scheme are showing great improvement and there will be performance opportunities for all. In many cases instruments can be provided although pupils are encouraged to purchase their own as they develop. We have invested a considerable amount in the music department.
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Mr Fairlie – Head of Music