Hello there from Mr Anthony! I am the Director of The Montessori Nursery School. Having taken over from Miss Ziba since her passing, I bring 30+ years of musical and art experience to our community after a highly successful 13 year career in global executive search which I am applying to ensure the continued success and financial stability of the nursery.
Part of this joy is to offer more extra-curricular activities for the children, current and former, with a view to encouraging curious minds to engage with a musical / artistic development to counterpoint their scholastic careers.
When I was 3, Miss Ziba supported my curiosity and love for music - it has been a near 40 year journey and I have continued to play throughout my professional career. I count myself among the lucky to have been given the opportunity at a young age to embrace music, and have never looked back.
So what are the benefits of learning music?
It’s one thing to be involved in music passively, by listening, but it’s another thing entirely to make music by playing an instrument or by singing. Through active, progressive involvement in music making, the benefits really multiply.
So, what happens when you are playing an instrument?
You’re doing a number of very different things, simultaneously. On the one hand you draw on a group of cognitive skills: thinking, controlling, analysing and reading. In musical terms this is about measuring pulse and rhythm, reading and recognising pitch, and controlling physical co-ordination and fine motor skills.
On the other hand, you call on more instinctive and emotional abilities relating to imagination, perception, creative understanding and musical meaning. Rarely is such a wide range of skills and abilities present in one activity, but when you play an instrument, including your singing voice, they are all brought together at the same time.
The amazing thing about making music – the unique lifelong benefit – is that it forges vital connections between all these different types of skill and activity. Creating these connections is especially valuable during the childhood and teenage years of growth, education and personal development. The benefits will then be there whatever a young person’s ambitions are – musical or otherwise. Here are but a hand-full of benefits:
I teach either at your home should you have a piano, or at my home in the piano studio with parental supervision. Pending popularity, I will plan to open before and after nursery hours Monday-Thursdays during term time.