The Transformative Power of Music: Stuartholme’s Symphony of Growth

Thursday, 22/02/2024 Posted by: Emily Heath

At Stuartholme School, music is an integral part of our students’ development, wellbeing, and success for Years 5 to 12. The Stuartholme music program, guided by dedicated instructors and supported by scientific research, has evolved into a symphony of growth and connection. 

Senior lecturer Dr Leah Coutts from the Queensland Conservatorium emphasises the importance of collective music-making in fostering a sense of belonging and resilience. Dr Leah explains that Music facilitates a sense of community and unity by triggering the release of oxytocin and dopamine, ultimately improving brain health, boosting self-esteem, or providing someone with a sense of purpose.

 

Stuartholme School Principal Mr Crump, a dedicated musician, highlights “At Stuartholme, arts and music education are fundamental to who we are as a Sacred Heart school. As a core part of our curriculum, our students unlock their potential through arts experiences that allow them to have a deeper understanding of themselves and how they fit in an ever changing and dynamic world. The rich offerings of music and arts at Stuartholme provides a platform for our students to thrive well beyond the gates of the school.

As a passionate arts and music educator myself, the arts are crucial to our humanity and cultural literacy in contributing to future thinking societies that make an impact.”

Stuartholme’s music program, commencing in Year 5, takes students on a journey by exposing them to diverse instruments, progressing to a comprehensive understanding of being a practising musician by Year 12.

From Year 7 to Year 12, the program focuses on exploring and understanding the practical aspects of being a musician. It contributes to academic outcomes and personal growth, showcasing the universal appeal and benefits of music for all students.

Director of Music, Andrew Mear and a member of the Stuartholme community for 15 years shares “The program fosters a supportive community, encouraging our younger cohorts to connect with students up to Year 12 when involved in extra-curricular ensemble and choir opportunities”.

Students who would like a more tailored lesson for their specific music talent or prefer a one-on-one setting have the opportunity for private studio lessons providing an environment for each individual to practise their musical skills in a safe and nurturing space. Students have the opportunity to use these platforms as an outlet away from their academic studies or can advance further.

Stuartholme’s mission-driven music program integrates singing in masses, liturgies, the annual Choral Competition, and community events to engage all students and the broader community. This inclusive approach fosters participation, aligning with the program’s overarching goals.

In the words of Billy Joel, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

The journey of music at Stuartholme and beyond echoes this sentiment, creating a pathway to personal growth, self-esteem, and a strong sense of community for all our students.

Reference: Crossen, L. (2020, May 14). How music helps us cope during a crisis. Retrieved November 21, 2023, from https://news.griffith.edu.au/2020/05/14/how-music-helps-us-cope-during-a-crisis/