This week Sophia Mundi celebrated the strong influence of Music in our Steiner Curriculum and the extraordinary talent of our students with our annual Winter Music Concert.
The concert was a huge success with performances across the high school.
“What a fabulous night last Wednesday at the Fitzroy Town Hall for our Secondary School Annual Winter Music Concert!!! The grand old hall was aglow and packed to the rafters with parents, friends and siblings.
The students presented an impressive program of wonderful music that delighted and inspired fellow students and audience members alike. We had everything from Baroque to Rock with loads of unique and captivating performances in between. Of particular mention are the solo performances given by Angus McLean Class 12 on classical guitar and Ella Yeatman Class 11 with voiceThe student’s grand finale number Step Out featuring Dom Phillips, Ella Yeatman, Oli Hanane, Sarah Harrison, Zenya Surgeoner and all students from Class 6 upwards was a marvellous way to end a great night. Well done everybody!”
Myf Alderson – Music Co-ordinator
Music in the classroom has always been an integral part in Steiner Education. This week research has been published in the media about the importance of learning musical instruments and the positive effects it has on our learning capabilities.
“New Australian research has revealed school kids who play music are better learners, triggering a call for state governments to employ music teachers in every classroom.
The research shows learning an instrument by 12 years of age makes the left side of the brain bigger, which has been linked to improved vocal, vocabulary and memory skills by the time kids become adults.
“Worldwide, the research is unmistakable and unrelenting that participation in music education improves outcomes in all sorts of other areas of schooling,” former Dean of Education at Melbourne university Professor Brian Caldwell said.
Professor Caldwell’s research involved some of the most disadvantaged schools in Australia in western Sydney, finding students studying in the arts, particularly music, gained a year in literacy scores, compared to students who were not studying music or the arts.
Experts say that when we play music, both sides of the brain light up simultaneously, creating neural pathways for learning.”