Newsflash! A whopping 61 children at Brabyns now have individual peripatetic performing arts lessons in school. This means they either learn an instrument, learn to sing, or have drama lessons, all of them taking place week in week out with our team of seven skilled peripatetic teachers are very giving of their time and committed to the children they teach and their parents.
At some point before the end of the year, I’m hoping to have our usual Performing Arts Assembly Workshop, where our teachers will get together to showcase what they and the children do. This has proved worthwhile in previous years as the children can also look to schedule trial lessons on various instruments to determine which may be a good fit. It’s rather bizarre actually, as often, the instrument chooses the child! They can explore lessons in singing, piano, woodwind, brass, guitar, and percussion. Not to mention drama too, where they can work towards LAMDA exams.
The main reason for writing about our offer in this area is because learning to play an instrument is something special. Clearly not for everyone, however the traits it encourages in a person are so valuable. Obviously the knowledge and development of technique, but just as importantly; the building of confidence at a young age, the engagement in expression, the cognitive development in connections between music and other subjects such as maths, and of course, and most significantly, the individual responsibility to practice in order to improve. Nobody else can do this for them. What a truly valuable lesson this is. The self drive and motivation for one to go to their instrument, and get on with their work, perhaps even because they really enjoy it.