Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents! – Beethoven
Leicester Preparatory School has a radical and distinctive approach to Music Education at the Primary Level. There now appears to be sufficient evidence to show that Music learning opens doorways to other learning and strengthens the skills children will use for the rest of their lives, both in school and beyond.
Music learning does;
- Promote self-discipline
- Build self-esteem
- Encourage concentration
- Improve coordination
- Boost memory
- Help children's brains process language
- Improve reading skills
- Increase vocabulary
- Impart joy
- Encourage a love of learning
- Give children a means to express creativity
- Offer children social benefits
Leicester Preparatory School has therefore committed itself to fully support every child to develop their skill and awareness of music by requiring all children from year 3 onwards to undertake instrument tuition in a variety of subsidised lessons, to promote ‘ensemble’ playing and to develop all our children’s singing in a school choir.
Many younger pupils have also started learning an instrument and all enjoy frequent opportunities to sing and play together. It is now becoming a commonplace to hear recorders, guitars, keyboard, cello and violins being played together by groups of children and we welcome the benefits that are being felt throughout the school curriculum. The school is a frequent contributor to the Leicester Music Festival with many awards being won by the children.
Our school celebrates its vibrant life with and through Music and regularly performs to both parents and public. In recent years, the pupils have performed to Prince Charles at Kew Gardens to celebrate the life of Wangari Maathai, composed and performed the campaign song for the ‘Leicester City of Culture’ bid, both on national radio and television, participated in the Christmas Rainbows charity concerts with Radio Leicester, alongside our own concerts, musicals and celebrations.
In partnership with ‘Babygigs’, parents with young children, alongside our own early years children, also have the opportunity to listen to classical performers in our hall throughout the term.
Instruments that are currently being taught in school are: