Music Performance & Creation Makes More Focused Learners

A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia by Dr Ines Jentzsch for the University of St Andrews “draws particular attention to the skills learned in musical performance. When playing pieces to an audience or to themselves musicians must demonstrate heightened awareness of their actions: continually monitoring their playing through auditory feedback and rapidly adjusting their movements to anticipate possible mistakes.”

I want to take this a step further and say that ‘music creation’ or for that matter any type of artistic ‘composition’ or creation has even greater outcomes in cognitive and emotional development for a child than just performance – be it making up a dance, composing a string quartet or creating a great artwork.Click here to read the brief article/overview of the findings.

Last Sunday, November 10th 2013, we experienced some great moments of music and learning at our Captivate Strings Chamber Concert. Here is a sample of just one of those great moments – our Captivate Blacktown Orchestra performing Winter 1st Movement from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi – the concert was held at St Finbar’s Catholic Church, Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia. Captivate is the Performing Arts Initiative of Catholic Education – Diocese of Parramatta.

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About captivatestrings

Phil Rooke is a Teacher Educator, specializing in Music Education for the Catholic Education Office - Diocese of Parramatta, authoring & implementing teaching programs and leading music learning across a system of 78 schools in Western Sydney. "I am on a learning journey to find and invent better ways to motivate students and teachers in music making."
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