Saturday 24 August, many talented students from schools all over Sunbury and the surrounding area performed at Sound System Studios in Sunbury for the youth ‘battle of the bands,’ including our very own VCE and VET music bands. An incredible experience through and through, being able to play and perform some classic songs and even hear some impressive originals for an enthusiastic, music loving audience.
The performance was fun, comfortable and full-blooded from all of our student musicians and as many already know, our VCE band (with the impromptu name -Six Flex-) came out on top, winning first place despite the exceptional competition. We played a range of songs from Alicia Keyes, to B.B King’s blues and topped our set off with Hotel California’s duelling guitars.
As the winners, we were granted the prize of an all-day recording session at the studio with their professional equipment and staff worth several hundred dollars. Altogether, an incredibly successful and enjoyable experience for all involved with proceeds going towards the Australian children’s music foundation. Thank you to Guitar tutor Shane Ryall, Piano and Voice Tutor Elaine Potter and Music class teacher Mrs Woodruff who have worked with the students to develop their skills.
Max Irwin, VCE Music student
A new study finds a high correlation between school students studying music and performing well at maths, science and English.
The study, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, compared the results of all students who graduated high school between 2012 and 2015 in British Columbia.
The correlation between academic performance and music study was evident even when the researchers controlled for socioeconomic background, ethnicity, gender, and their prior performance in mathematics and English, suggesting that improved academic performance is an effect of music study.
The study's principal investigator from the University of British Columbia, Peter Gouzouasis, said that "The students who learned to play a musical instrument in elementary and continued playing in high school not only score significantly higher, but were about one academic year ahead of their non-music peers."
Students who studied at least one instrumental music course in the regular curriculum counted as students taking music. Qualifying music courses are courses that require previous instrumental music experience and include concert band, conservatory piano, orchestra, jazz band, concert choir and vocal jazz.
The researchers found the predictive relationships between music education and academic achievement were more pronounced for those who took instrumental music rather than vocal music. The findings suggest skills learned in instrumental music transfer very broadly to the students' learning in school.
"Learning to play a musical instrument and playing in an ensemble is very demanding," said the study's co-investigator Martin Guhn, an assistant professor in UBC's school of population and public health. "A student has to learn to read music notation, develop eye-hand-mind coordination, develop keen listening skills, develop team skills for playing in an ensemble and develop discipline to practice. All those learning experiences, and more, play a role in enhancing the learner's cognitive capacities, executive functions, motivation to learn in school, and self-efficacy."
The researchers hope that their findings are brought to the attention of students, parents, teachers and administrative decision-makers in education. "Music education — multiple years of high-quality instrumental learning and playing in a band or orchestra or singing in a choir at an advanced level — can be the very thing that improves all-around academic achievement and an ideal way to have students learn more holistically in schools." ABC News, June 25, 2019
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Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast