Music plays an important role in a child’s development and music can be found in many aspects of our culture including celebrations, entertainment and worship. For a long time, it was missing from Stella Maris’ curriculum, but with the assistance of the Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, Stella Maris now has a music room. There was a short ceremony to inaugurate the Leela Vernon Music Room, where Karema Oshon, the Principal of Stella Maris School in addressing the gathering said that music is a part of our everyday experiences.
Kareema Osham Principal Stella Maris School: “From birth parents insightly use music to calm and soothe children, to express their love and joy and to engage and interact. Parents build on these natural instincts by learning how music can impact children’s development, improve social skills and benefit children of all ages. A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Growing and Creativity Institute found the musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Further studies have shown that learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase academic performances but academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness in intellectual, social and emotional, motor and over all literacy. it helps the body and the mind work together, exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the songs and millions of words. Dancing to music helps children to build motor skills while allowing them to practice self expression. For adults music helps strengthen memory skills.”
The music room is equipped with two saxophone, one trumpet, one keyboard, and a piano.