The importance of Music and the Arts

Elmhurst School for Boys

29th November 2018 | Headmaster's Blog

It is a fact that Music stimulates the brain. Music also has the power to impact positively on our mood and well-being. In a time where the pressure of passing exams and achieving academic success is high on the agenda, the importance of Music and the Arts can often be lost. Budgetary constraints can also mean a reduction in investment in Music and the Arts and so the commitment to them within the curriculum in many schools can consequently be reduced. I believe this to be short-sighted. Pupils are at their happiest when they are singing or performing in a play and they love to express themselves in ways that nurture their creative talents. Therefore, a commitment to Music and the Arts is more important than ever. 

At Elmhurst, we are committed to ‘Preparing the Boys for the 21st Century’. An aspect of this is to promote the 4Cs in everything we do. To be a successful young person in the 21st century, I am of the firm opinion that a command of the softer skills will allow you to stand out and if you have a good understanding of how to be a Critical and Creative thinker, a good Communicator and a Collaborator, alongside an ability to lead and work in a team, be self-motivated and have a strong work ethic, you are well on the way to success. All of these are effectively promoted through Music and the Arts.

As Tyler Omoth states in 6 Skills Employers are Looking for in the Workplace, "In the real world, the “it factor” is also known as “soft skills.” Develop your soft skills in the workplace and you have a big edge on your competition."

This time of year provides great opportunities for the boys to demonstrate their creativity through Music and the Arts. I always look forward to the Nativity and the Carol Concert, as these events showcase the array of talent throughout the school and always put smiles on the faces of everyone in the Elmhurst community. 

As the ‘season to be jolly’ approaches, let us celebrate Music and the Arts and commit to their long-term impact on the development and well-being of pupils at Elmhurst.  

- AJ Padfield

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