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Five top reasons why your child should study music

• Students who study music from an early age can achieve better at a range of subjects.

• Students who play music learn there are rewards from hard work, practice and discipline.

• Playing a musical instrument helps to develop students’ creative thinking and motor skills.

• Music helps students become more active listeners.

• Music can also enhance students’ health and wellbeing and increase their stamina.

Research shows the benefits of studying music and playing an instrument can be substantial.

“There are a great many reasons why children should learn to play music,” says Dr Richard Letts, the executive director of the Music Council of Australia .  “If a child studies music constantly over a period of time, they do better in school in all sorts of ways, including academically and socially.”

At Wey Valley, all students study music in Years 7 and 8. At Key Stage 4 music is offered as part of the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts. The BTEC Tech Award takes a more vocational approach, exploring a variety of Musical Theatre styles. Students also learn how to put on shows, creating music and music theatre pieces, costuming, advertising and even the financial budget planning.