Learning to play a musical instrument has so many benefits - and that's why we are proud here at Ark Pioneer Academy to offer a range of instrumental lessons to our pupils, from trumpet, piano and clarinet to drums and saxophone.  Being able to pay a musical instrument is also great for building confidence and enhancing memory. 

Here are the ten reasons why Classic FM suggest taking up an instrument is a great idea -

Playing an instrument makes you smarter

Einstein once said: "Life without playing music is inconceivable to me.  I live my daydreams in music.  I see my life in terms of music ... I get most joy in life out of music".  And as it turns out, Einstein was onto something: many studies show a correlation between musical training and academic suceess, in both children and adults.  Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract reasoning skills, which are essential for maths and science.

Your social life will improve

Playing an instrument isn't only good for your brain, it's also great for expanding your social circle.  Joining a musical group encourages you to develop relationships with new kinds of people.  It also builds skills in leadership and team-building, as well as showing you the rewards of working with others.

Playing an instrument relieves stress

Music keeps you calm.  It has a unique effect on our emotions and has even been proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure.  Psychologist Jane Collingwood believes that slow classical music is often the most beneficial.  "Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music.  This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heard rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones."

Playing an instrument gives you a sense of achievement

Mess up in rehearsal, then totally nailed it at the performance? Playing and succeeding at a musical instrument gives you a huge sense of pride and achievement, especially when you manage to perfect a passage you've been struggling with for weeks.

It builds confidence

Playing an instrument helps you get comfortable with self-expression.  As children begin to master their instrument, they will probably end up playing to a few audiences, starting with their music teacher or parents, and branching out to groups of other pupils and concert audiences.  Playing in public can help children feel confident in presenting their work in a non-academic context.

Practising a musical instrument improves patience

OK, Franz Liszt wrote some insanely difficult music.  But it's an important lesson to learn that the more effort you put into something, the better the result will be.  There are no short cuts to learning an instrument.

Click on Gabe's picture to hear him play the Can Can on his trumpet.

It helps improve your memory

Researchers have found that learning to play a musical instrument can enhance verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills.  Playing an instrument makes you use both sides of your brain, which strengthens memory power.

It increases discipline and time management skills

Unless you're an out-of-this-world child prodigy, learning to pay an instrument isn't a skill you can master overnight.  Leanring music takes time and effort, and helps children understand that if they want to be good at something, they'll need to put in the hours and organise their time effectively.

Playing music makes you more creative

Practising and perfecting a piece of music does wonders for the creative side of your brain.  Not matter how much a composer annotates their composition, they cannot fully express how a peice of music should be played.  So it is up to the player to put their own stamp on a piece, to inject some of their personality into the music.

Playing music is fun!

We can harp on about all the scientifically accurate benefits to learning a musical instrument - but what matters most is that it's enjoyable for the player.  While other hobbies like watching TV or flicking through social media are passive, playing music actively engages and stimulates the brain, making you feel happy and occupied.

Here's a track to make you Happy!  It was recorded during October and November 2020 as part of our virtual music enrichment offering.  There are about 100 Ark Pioneer Academy students singing, including most of 7 Mandela, 7 Turing and 7 Gandhi.  Soloists inlcude: Year 7 - Shannon, Scarlett, Andrea, Mehmet and Sheerin and in Year 8 - Leana, Asha, Caylie and Kaelan on trombone! 


Mambo No 5 was recorded (socially distanced) by our fabulous Ark Pioneer Concert Band.  Click here to enjoy!

If you would like to start learning an instrument, please print off and complete the attached application form and return it to J.barnes@arkpioneer.org or to the office

Autumn Term 2021 Instrumental Lessons Application Form.pdf