How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain
The link above reiterates what we know to be true at NPS. Research has shown that playing a musical instrument increases fine motor skills and improves linguistic and mathematical skills. In addition, it enhances memory functions and the ability to pay attention to detail. At NPS, Upper Division students learn to play a variety of musical instruments, building upon the musical elements and concepts learned through singing in the Lower Division.
>3rd grade students learn to play the recorder and to read/analyze musical scores.
>4th grade students play as part of an ensemble using the Orff instruments, xylophones and metallophones.
>5th grade students extend their skills through improvisation and complex arrangements, culminating in a dynamic performance of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Orff himself.
>6th grade explore twentieth century music and become ethnomusicologists they delve into the music of Africa using the Orff instruments
Not only do the students at NPS read notation, they create their own compositions and arrangements. This is highlighted in the Thanksgiving Service when the talented sixth graders not only arrange but also accompany the whole school. In addition, students in 5th and 6th grades have the opportunity to join the handbell choirs.
Yes… there is a party going on in the brains of our students.