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Natalya Vagner
Music Teacher, Composer, Performer, Educator.


Statement:
Music is a powerful thing that can turn on millions of people.  I am very passionate about teaching music and empower and inspire students to be creative and express themselves through their music.

On Music Education at schools:
Music influences us, moves us, improves our physical well being, it is a socializing force and it contributes to our development.
The cultural benefit of including music in the curriculum is clear. I believe that music stimulates learning, gives a sense of identity to students, improves motivation and encourages self-discipline. It improves problem-solving skills and generates creativity and originality. With music studies students develop a better memory, increase tolerance and understanding. At the same time music education can be all fun where everybody enjoys it.
Students who are engaged with the arts do significantly better academically than those who are not. An arts rich education can help to ‘level the playing field’ and reach students who have become disengaged, give classroom failures a means of becoming high achievers and stimulate successful students who are at risk of becoming bored. The music education is a crucial activity that generates a rage of cognitive, personal and social benefits that help all students in both their studies and life generally.

The beneficial role of music education
Music development provides students with lifelong skills. With its rhythmic patterns, beats, fractions, bars and phrases there is a link with mathematics. Also, think about this, when a child is playing an instrument a child has to read and follow notes, take in with his brain the mountains of information presented in the written music and generate a response with his hands. Music students have to learn to make judgements, because they are not just going ‘bash’, ‘bash’ at the piano for example, they are providing expressive transformation of music, by recognizing whether it’s a ‘march’ or a ‘lullaby’.
Performance for the audience gives a skill that is so necessary in our daily public life-to speak out, to express your self and to solve the life problems.
Music education in classroom contributes to:
Physical development, gross motor skills development-whole body movements etc.
Fine motor coordination-finger plays etc.
Movement-free, creative
Movement choreographed- folk dancing, coordination
Working with others, in time to a beat, clapping rhythms, hand eye coordination, formation-in circle, line or group.
Social development:
Participation in classroom music, social graces-turn taking, handholding, ensemble work, working in as a team, in partnerships-choosing partners.
Emotional-Psychological development:
Self confidence to move, sing and play in front of others-praise for effort, successful experiences, security and promotion of self worth. All have something positive to contribute.
Aesthetic Appreciation- Beauty of sounds, etc.
Intellectual development-concentration, conceptual development-following instructions, listening and discovering at an unconscious and than a conscious level concepts within the music.
Literacy, language acquisition and expression, numeracy-mathematics, musical memory, general memory, listening-ability to focus, creativity, logical thinking and problem solving.

 

 


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