Not because we expect you to major in music;
Not because we expect you to sing all your life;
Not so you can relax, not so you can have fun;
But so you will be...human. So you will recognize beauty. So you will be sensitive. So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world. So you will have something to cling to. So you will have more love, compassion, gentleness, good--in short, more life! Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live? Remember years ago when Father Trevor Huddleston gave an ill young boy his ﬁrst Trumpet...that boy "Hugh Masekela" that the world now celebrates.
“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”
"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another."
We are not trying to turn out hundreds of first class musicians but rather well rounded young South Africans who can find jobs in the music industry but if they choose not to they will still have had a well rounded education and be part of our future audience and be empowered human beings.
Instrumental in growing IQ. Taking up the piano or playing the guitar could change the shape and power of the brain and improve IQ by seven points both in adults and children, according to a Swiss study from two years ago. There is mounting evidence that musicians’ brains function in a different way to non-musicians’ - when a person learns how to play an instrument, the parts of the brain that control motor skills and hearing become larger and more active. “We found that even in people over the age of 65, after four or five months of playing an instrument for an hour a week there were changes in the brain,” says psychologist Lutz Jancke. A separate study last year showed that learning to play an instrument in childhood has key advantages for a developing brain. Playing music significantly enhances the brain’s sensitivity to speech and sounds and could help both normal children and those with problems such as dyslexia and autism, according to a paper presented to the American Association For The Advancement Of Science by a US neuroscientist. - Daily Mail Article in The Independent on Saturday 17th December 2011