Research shows that learning to sing or play a musical instrument provides enormous benefits for young people in terms of their intellectual, social and emotional development; physical co-ordination; language; and overall literacy. It also teaches them transferable skills such as teamwork, discipline and achievement – as well as being an extremely rewarding and fun experience.
In addition, gaining musical skills can:
- help pre-school children with their transition into primary school;
- contribute to personal and social development;
- teach discipline, teamwork, co-operation, self-confidence, responsibility and social skills through playing music as part of a group;
- help to improve a child’s reading ability and numeracy skills;
- be part of DoE activities; and
- improve chances of accessing higher education by providing evidence of participation in extra-curricular activities.
“The County Music Service has a very good track record of producing outstanding musicians and is recognised as one of the best in the country,” said Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools.
“Music lessons through the County Music Service are on offer to all young people in North Yorkshire, and there are plenty of options to choose from. They can have individual or small group tuition; have lessons during schools hours or in the evening; and take part in activities at music centres across the county on Saturday mornings.
“All the musical instruments and playing styles are covered, as well as singing. And once they have mastered the basics, they can go on to have great fun taking part in our ensembles and bands, enjoy residential courses, and have the chance to go on international tours with our county orchestra.
“It’s important to remember that music is an all-round activity – as well as gaining performing skills, it requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheek and facial muscles. In addition, there is extraordinary control of the back, stomach and chest muscles, all of which contribute good physical development. But the best thing of all, of course, is that making music is fun.”
A full range of individual or small group lessons are available and cover brass, woodwind, guitars, percussion, voice and keyboard. All the County Music Service teachers are highly qualified but tuition and instrument costs are kept as low as possible.
Tuition fees start from just £68 a term and instruments can be leased or bought through an assisted purchase scheme. Help with fees is available for parents or guardians receiving certain benefits.