Left and right brain activity is considerably enhanced as well as the increase in listening, memorisation and repetition skills. Mathematic and logic skills are also improved. When one listens to a virtuoso performance in which the musician recalls to mind the complexity of notes, nuance, tempo, rhythm and dynamics, it is little wonder we marvel at the skill.
Following conversations with students when they came to the school for interview and subsequently throughout the course of the term, it is clear that Guitar and Piano remain firm favourites as instruments of choice. So far, we have yet to develop an embedded culture within the school where students, for the sheer love of playing, volunteer to practice and perform for the enjoyment of others. I can see the small green shoots of a different way of thinking. In the Primary section particularly now, performance is built into weekly Assemblies and small groups are gathering together to learn the violin and flute. There is a lunchtime music club and ECAs next term will be arranged to give as wide an opportunity for students to practice and learn as possible. Drumming, in preparation for the Tet Celebration in February next year, begins their auditioning next week and visiting music teachers and performers are being welcomed to the school to engage and enthuse students in the art and passion of music making.
Of course, the Julliard programme, about which our parents will have heard much, will be rolled out in our school from September 2016. This programme is not available to any students in schools outside the Nord Anglia Group. The more students who are learning a wider variety of instruments, the more vibrant this programme will become for performers and audience alike.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal of BVIS Hanoi