Learning to play an instrument has benefits beyond just making a pleasing sound. There are social/emotional benefits, as well as leadership and listening skills, teamwork, and building confidence and self-discipline. And some studies show that playing in a musical ensemble has cognitive benefits that transfer into other areas of learning. Students who learn to play an instrument or sing in a group can increase their reading fluency and language skills, as well has show improvement in their understanding of mathematics!

These Grad 5-8 students have shown great resiliency this term. Some of them are continuing to learn the same instrument from previous years while others are just beginning. They are doing a fantastic job and should be very proud of themselves!