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5 April 2019

posted 4 Apr 2019, 18:05 by Carolyn Brett
There is a powerful link between music and the evoking of positive emotion. This is an area we are keen to delve more deeply into. Who doesn’t want to reduce stress? Bit of a no brainer. 

I know what a difference it makes when I enter a learning space before school starts and hear music... my shoulders drop, the corners of my mouth move upwards and I feel lighter.

I know what joy we experience from watching the children dance away to music at break times, without a care in the world and definitely dancing like no-one is watching (shhhhhh, please don’t tell them!)

I know what difference music makes in my own life, both listening and making. 

Learning the piano until the age of 16, attempting the violin (badly) and having guitar lessons from the neighbour, a great Neil Diamond fan, being part of the choir and orchestra meant music was all around. Growing up in New Plymouth during the ’punk era' also created opportunities for a variety of sounds and interesting dancing!! Let’s not mention the clothing!

Then the playing stopped until I inherited my parents piano when they downsized. Since this time I have been relearning and although sometimes I struggle to make space, when I do I can truly move into ‘flow’ quite quickly. I can’t think about anything else. I can’t plan, I can’t worry, I can’t compose to do lists..... there simply is not space. It is the perfect balance between challenge and ease.... not too hard, not too easy - it’s just right goldilocks!

We often refer to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s work on Flow when discussing our class programmes.

How might we create more opportunities for flow to occur? Have we got the pitch right? Interesting stuff.

The  recent Sunday night Family Music and Food get together was fertile ground for evoking positive emotion through music and connection. Thank you to the group of parents/ children/teacher who made this idea a reality. This is also what we are aiming for with the inception of our school orchestra.... and the work within class programmes.

As Aristotle in all his wisdom said “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”.

How true. 
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