We greatly value music at Ficino, not only for the skills that learning how to sing and play an instrument teaches your children, but also for the enrichment it provides to one’s wellbeing. The philosopher Plato says, “Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace and making the soul graceful.”

Learning to play a musical instrument improves memory, cultivates creativity, activates both the left and right brain and refines hearing skills. Practising their pieces teaches children patience, discipline, and perseverance.

At Ficino, we provide lessons in piano, trumpet, violin, flute/recorder, guitar/ukulele, and voice. Our Music teachers are knowledgeable and passionate about their instruments. We choose them very carefully, to both be very skilled in their instrument, but also have a warmth and passion that instil a love of learning in your children.

As your children begin to master their instrument, they will have opportunities to perform for their classmates  at our Class Concerts and the Music Competition. Playing in public helps children build confidence and encourages self-expression.

This week, the children had the opportunity to play to their classmates and teachers in the Class Concerts. We were all inspired by the variety and quality of the playing, as well as the generosity and courage of all the performers. We were treated to performances from many instruments and cultures as well as some collaborative pieces between children. The children were excited to perform and proud of their efforts, as were we.

We look forward to the Music Competition later in the year, and hope this experience will encourage children to put something forward.

Miss Sanaya Doctor
Subject Specialist – Music and Drama