STUDENTS AND teachers of Seaward Primary and Junior High literally brought sweet music to the ears yesterday, along with First Global Bank (FGB) and First Global Financial Services, which launched the inaugural Music Day.
The day is part of the corporate entity's Perfect Pitch for A Sound Education campaign. The initiative, which is done in partnership with the Ministry of Education, uses music to help improve literacy and numeracy, initially for grade-three children. The programme started in 2011 with six schools, but has expanded into 10 and now incorporates grade four.
Staff at Seaward said students who, during pre-grade tests, were reading at pre-primary level, had improved tremendously. The music has hit a higher note, permeating every classroom.
"Throughout the school, we have embraced the teaching of music, using music to enhance concept building," said principal Arlene Thomas. "The teachers have also created a handbook of songs, which is used to teach concepts." To testify to that, teachers performed a medley of the music lessons, to the delight of the gathering.
Apart from Music Day, Seaward also opened its music room and unveiled a music mural.
President of FGB, Maureen Hayden-Cater, said her "heart was full" after hearing the students' performances and testimonies of academic success.
"Over a two-year period, we have seen students who are involved in the programme grow and develop, with all the students having their reading improving by at least one grade level, and each student knowing how to play at least one instrument," she said.
She encouraged children interested in music careers to explore all the possibilities, not just as performers. She said it was fitting that the first Music Day should be at Seaward as the school boasts popular music alumni, including Shabba Ranks, Sizzla, and Admiral Bailey.