The holistic approach to musical success

The sphere of music education is a broad one. It encompasses the intellectual, emotional, artistic as well as physical development of the student.

In an age when even the England football team travel to the World Cup with a physiotherapist and a psychologist, musicians likewise have recognised the importance of fine-tuning the way they learn and perform. In the pursuit of this objective, Holistic Studies was introduced to the Music department to promote complementary teaching methods that develop the student as a whole person.

Our vision is to use the best and most innovative teaching methods to support those who are not yet realising their potential, as well as to stimulate those who are developing their abilities to the highest level. Our focus is on encouraging open-minded and resourceful teaching practices that enrich the students’ learning

Music is sometimes seen as a mental skill. The holistic approach recognises that movement is essential for music making, and seeks to improve the way our bodies work, in tandem with the mind. For example, using Dalcroze Eurhythmics, students can improve their sense of rhythm through exercises involving dancing and bouncing balls.

The Feldenkrais Method addresses the very concept of learning, seeking to maximise learning in all its senses and through all senses. Here the student is encouraged to learn kinaesthetically, improving awareness and becoming more discerning of differences.

An efficient posture has many wider benefits, with the Alexander Technique being linked to remedying dyspraxia, asthma, and stress. It is also used by actors and speakers to help them project their voices effortlessly, and could be useful for athletes who are seeking to improve their endurance.

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