- January 4, 2019
“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” ~ Pythagoras
“When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.” Numerous articles have been published and recent TED Talk by Anita Collins explains the ‘fireworks’ that go off in musicians’ brains when they play a musical instrument. Playing an instrument combines the whole brain integration which engages rhythm and emotion for the right brain and language and logic for your left brain development.
At UMS, we strongly value our music programming and we see the results carry into other areas of study on a day to day basis. As children engage in music, they are actively developing and making their brains stronger, developing more neural pathways to enhance learning and the following intelligences: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Logical Mathematical, Naturalistic, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Linguistic and Musical. Commencing in Casa, our vocal music, Orff training, recorder and introduction to Concert Band instruments, along with rhythmic and drumming, all aspects of musical learning contribute to the whole development to the children. UMS continues to invest in specialized teachers and staff to enhance the music curriculum to give an optimal experience to our students.
The benefits of singing often seem to be cumulative. It comes as no surprise that scientists have proven that not only does singing in a choir make you feel good, it offers many positive health benefits as well. It is proven that singing has a dramatic effect on how one feels a part of something larger than themselves; offering a strong feeling of camaraderie. One of the special powers of singing has to do with how it engages people to move together in time; there are hundreds of muscles involved in controlling one’s voice, all of which need to be exercised in unison when singing in a choir. One can listen and enjoy music; however, performing music offers multiple advantages.
Learning and developing music skills improves math skills because, at some level, all music is math!