The students in Rang Lir are about half way through their Option Taster in Music and here is what they have to say about it.
Here in Coláiste De Lacy we believe that music is an essential part of the human experience. We believe everyone is musical, has a need for musical expression, and that music develops humans in a unique way.
Participating in musical activities can help develop the following:
Music allows us to unleash our creativity in re-creation (interpretation) and in music creation (composition).
Musicians seek to find unique ways to bring beauty into the world through sound.
EXPRESSION & COMMUNICATION
Music is unique in that ideas and emotions are communicated in sound—not necessarily with words. Attentiveness to sound increases our ability to understand others and clarify our own communications.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Studying music allows us to understand other cultures and places in an intimate way. We learn about the complex relationships between composers, society, music, and ideas.
Music lessons teach us the value of consistency and persistence.
Students develop an ability to learn on their own.
Musicians learn the value of teamwork when working in groups (ensembles).
THE PURSUIT OF PERSONAL EXCELLENCE
Music study encourages us to pursue the highest standards for ourselves not bench mark ourselves against another.
In studying music we learn how to learn. This can be highly individualistic.
Performing in front of others takes a tremendous amount of courage. Each time we perform in front of others we are taking calculated risks.
Musicians learn to become highly aware of their physical bodies as they develop efficient practice and performance strategies.
Yes, scientific concepts are part of learning music! Some of the things we learn about include acoustics in the various ways that produce sound; anatomy and physics in how to use our bodies most efficiently; biology and chemistry in how our bodies respond to various stimuli; and psychology in learning about performance and learning strategies.
“Appreciation” is a general word to indicate a non-judgmental contextual understanding of something. In studying music, we learn that all music has purpose and value.
Critical analysis occurs as we practice each piece of music. We seek to understand what unifies the piece, what elements are expected, and what is unique or extraordinary.
Our critical analysis continues as we uncover our strengths and weaknesses as learners and performers. We learn to become honest with ourselves.
The honesty we encounter as we become critical of ourselves carries through to working with our peers. In understanding the joyful complexity of making music, we learn to treat others with respect and kindness.
YOU’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY
Is it any wonder that so many lawyers, doctors, scientists, and other great thinkers and leaders were also great musicians? Consider that the following people have studied music.
- Neil Armstrong
- Robert Pattinson
- Charles Dickens
- Keanu Reeves
- Albert Einstein
- Mahatma Ghandi
- Benjamin Franklin
BELOW ARE LINKS TO JUST A HANDFUL OF ARTICLES THAT GIVE YOU MORE INFORMATION ON WHY TO STUDY MUSIC: