Posted on: Wednesday 3 June 2015
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At St Hilda’s we love music because we believe it is one of the most personally enriching of all subjects. We believe it combines one of humanity’s greatest desires – the expression of emotion, with the surprising power of collaborative teamwork. Music has the ability to strengthen social cohesion. Its influence is universal in all human societies. Music promotes thoughtfulness and enjoyment. It has been clear for much of history that music is one of the most complex art forms. It has many connections to the worlds of mathematics and science. Yet music connects naturally to each of us. Through music we connect to the world.
As a School we know that music education plays an enlivening part in the lives of our girls. We confidently express this by declaring that music is powerful in contributing to the cognitive and aesthetic development of the girls. There is no doubt that music is a complex symbolic system that allows individuals to represent and evoke the emotions of life. Yet music is also an artform. It is an integral part of everyday life, giving voice to self-expression, providing energy to celebration, connecting us socially, and defining us culturally. Music can have political and educational purpose and power. Not surprisingly we see the study of music contributing to the development of the whole person: the heart, the mind and the soul. The study of music can be enormously challenging and it can be fun. There is magic in the study of music.