Parents say music helps children learn better

Published: Tuesday | December 31, 2013 Comments 0
Padel Brooks, the aunt of Shantae Brooks, who is a participant in the First Global/Ministry of Education music programme at the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School, says her niece has been performing much better in school with the help of the programme. - Contributed Photo
Padel Brooks, the aunt of Shantae Brooks, who is a participant in the First Global/Ministry of Education music programme at the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School, says her niece has been performing much better in school with the help of the programme. - Contributed Photo

With nine months since being drafted into the Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education programme, parents and guardians of students attending two primary schools in Mandeville, Manchester are giving it high ratings.

The Mandeville and Villa Road Primary and Junior High schools, located in Mandeville, Manchester, are the latest beneficiaries of the programme - joining the McIntosh Memorial Primary School in neighbouring Land Settlement.

When The Gleaner visited Mandeville Primary and Junior High, the morning-shift students were just about to start the music session with grade-three students guided by homeroom teacher Suzette Powell and music teacher Daniel Clarke.

Though the classroom space was cramped, it was heart-warming to see the joy in students' eyes as they used musical instruments to put rhythms to words, reciting language arts and multiplication.

Padel Brooks was visiting her niece, Shantae Brooks, and gave her thoughts on the music programme: "Since this new programme, I can attest that it has helped my niece tremendously in her learning development."

"I hear her singing songs in the context in which she is taught. It helps her to remember the concepts, and she is enthused about them. Her grades have gone up because she understands the subjects better. As she sings the concepts, I can tell she will never forget them, even when she grows old. This is a good method First Global and the ministry have introduced and I hope they will continue," Brooks remarked.

Latoya Brown shared similar sentiments. Her son is a grade- three student at Villa Road Primary and Junior High. She and mothers, Sheena Daye, Petal Bailey and Shauna Thomas, spent a few hours at school recently, to see how the music programme was helping their children. They said they were pleased with not just the interest their children demonstrated in their work, but also that they were learning better.


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