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Rural Express: Principal welcomes music programme

Published:Saturday | November 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Carlyle Thompson-Photo Contributed
Sullay Walsh

Principal of the Southborough Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, Carlyle Thompson, has welcomed the introduction of the 'Music, Perfect Pitch for A Sound Education' programme at his school.

A joint partnership between First Global Bank (FGB) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), the music programme was recently rolled out to grade three students and teachers at the school with the donation of several new musical instruments, valued at over $250,000.

Thompson described the partnership between FGB/MOE as a welcome and commendable initiative between the private sector and the Government.

With a student population of more than 1,200, Thompson said the programme would first target a batch of grade-three students. "I am enthused about this project. It will assist with the teaching/learning experience."

reading and numeracy levels

Thompson has admitted that the students at whom the music programme is geared are not currently at the reading and numeracy levels they should be.

"This programme will be very important in assisting them in improving their literacy and numeracy skills. Research has shown that music helps improve students' learning ability and I have gleaned that the music programme has been quite successful in other schools," reasoned Thompson.

Sullay Walsh is one of five grade-three teachers at the school. He is convinced that incorporating music in the classroom will reap positive results. "Music stimulates the mind and children, and being embedded in our culture, students adapt well to music, as it increases their memory of concepts."

He believes that boys, in particular, will gravitate to the music programme, which will enable them to learn at a faster pace and accept music of different genres.

Thompson said as part of the educational thrust of the 21st century, teachers should not depend only on chalk and talk, but embrace new concepts, and the music programme was one such method.

Thompson said his expectation is to see all students in the programme master all levels in their Grade Three Diagnostic Test.