“Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.’ Miles Davis
Music is a vital component of a well-rounded education and should hold a prominent place within the school curriculum. Firstly, music provides numerous cognitive benefits. Studies have shown that it enhances memory, improves mathematical skills, and boosts critical thinking abilities. By engaging in music, students develop a sense of discipline, perseverance, and time management, as they must practice and rehearse regularly.
Moreover, music fosters creativity and self-expression, allowing students to explore and communicate their emotions in a unique and powerful way. It also promotes cultural understanding and empathy by exposing students to diverse musical traditions from around the world. Additionally, music education encourages teamwork and collaboration, as students often participate in ensembles and bands, requiring them to listen, cooperate, and synchronize their efforts.
Lastly, music has been proven to alleviate stress, enhance well-being, and contribute to overall mental health. Therefore, incorporating music into the school curriculum not only enriches students' academic experience but also nurtures their holistic development.
The music facilities at Laurel Park are vast and provide a comprehensive and well-rounded environment for music education, composition, performance and recording. Students can benefit from hands-on experience with various instruments, recording technologies and software, enabling them to explore different music styles and develop their skills.
● Large music classroom with 20 electronic keyboards, a range of classroom percussion instruments, samba instruments and traditional African drums and percussion
● Music Technology Suite with 20 Mac workstations with Logic Pro software and MIDI keyboards
● Recording studio with 24-track audio recording capability, microphones and a range of external outboard equipment
● Large rehearsal room with Steel Pans and Samba Band use
● 2 more music classrooms
● 3 practice rooms equipped with electronic stage pianos
● 2 well-equipped stockrooms with a range of orchestral instruments
● Grand piano in main hall for performance use
The Music curriculum booklets can be downloaded here: