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Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

Sean Morrison
Sean Morrison
College Principal

Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…

During Terms 2 and 3 we will showcase the musical and acting talents of our Middle and Secondary and our Primary children as they take centre stage in respectively, Anything Goes and Blast Off. The creative investment into our children’s lives from Mr Marsden, Mrs Waldeck, Mrs Light, Mrs Deane and our individual music instructors ensures our children gain an appreciation for and love of music.

The joy on the faces of our young performers as they rehearse and seeing our children overcome and become more resilient is always a delight to see, as they continue to hone their God-given talents. I encourage all of our families to come along to our musicals and be swept along by the energy, rhythm and enthusiasm flowing from the stage.

Our College Musicals and music in general have a wonderful knack of uniting and uplifting. Research shows music makes us feel happier, more relaxed, reduces anxiety and makes us feel more fulfilled. Also, different musical features activate every part of the brain—so it benefits from an all-round stimulus from one source. In classrooms within our College, some individual teachers play quiet music in the background during their teaching to calm and establish a positive learning atmosphere.

Research has concluded that children who learn how to play a musical instrument have improved academic results, simply because they develop a more positive mindset. As anyone who’s tried to learn an instrument will testify, you have to make a sustained effort to progress—but it does pay off. Musical performance, of whatever kind, also teaches young people to take risks and conquer fear.

The researchers found that teenagers who do well at music are more likely to believe that you can learn to be clever, which has a positive impact on their schoolwork. Children who took fewer music lessons or none at all were more likely to have a defeatist attitude, known as a fixed mindset, and made slower academic progress.

You don’t have to be a musician (or even musical) to feel the benefits of music. Children are given every opportunity to explore music throughout our College. All our children sing together in chapels, there’s an orchestra, chapel band, several choirs, brass, woodwind and other instrumental groups, an annual Fringe Week celebration, several school productions and
external performances.

Singing is a fantastic social tool, a way of bringing people out of themselves whatever their age. Sing in a choir and you have the thrill of and sense of achievement that performance brings, but still have the security of people around you, increasing your social attachment and wellbeing. Throughout both campuses, we welcome singers of all abilities to join our choirs and
College Musicals.

I am firmly of the belief that not only should music be accessible to all, but that it’s a vital tool in education and pastoral care. Music, and indeed the arts in general, should happily co-exist with other subjects as part of a broad, balanced curriculum which not only prepares and inspires our children for life, but also nurtures their sense of wellbeing and worship of Jesus Christ.

I’m delighted to say our music provision at Brisbane Christian College continues to go from strength to strength, right through from Pre-Prep to Year 12. This is because we believe that, whatever your age, music is beneficial both in terms of mental health and as a tool for learning. More than 220 music lessons take place each week across our Primary, Middle and Secondary
Campuses.

I would encourage all College families to invest in music lessons for their children as it will assist in strengthening their working memories, auditory skills and cognitive flexibility.

Please contact Mrs Waldeck if you would like your child to start a musical instrument or join one of our many choirs.

Richest blessings,
Sean Morrison
College Principal

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- April 26, 2018

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