This 2018-2019 academic year kicks off our first year of formal music instruction classes in the newly renovated Arts, Music, and Movement Building. Once a week students will experience music class that includes an appreciation for music, performance, movement, and creative development as part of the school's newly designed co-curricular program. The academic day will remain the same in classroom time even with these program changes.
We extend a warm welcome to our new Music Program Director -- Joseph McCarthy! Mr. McCarthy has led a diverse career as drummer, percussionist, bandleader, producer, and educator in a myriad of settings from symphony orchestra to bepop, big band, afro-cuban, theater, and more.
The creation and design of this music program is to provide a multi-sensory approach to instrumental and vocal education. The foundation of it is from the collective research, knowledge, and collaboration between TSS' Head of Lower School Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School specialist Dr. Jenny Zuk, and Mr. McCarthy.
The approach is to teach the techniques learned from the field of neuromusic with the intention to further develop cross-disciplinary connections in areas of literacy and executive function. Our instruction and environment is one of independence, adaptability, and flexibility, in order to create the best learning experiences and environment for students.
Our research has shown that children with musical training show enhanced neural activation during phonological processing in brain regions that are typically characterized by reduced activation among children with dyslexia. These findings suggest that engagement of these brain regions through musical training may underlie the previously reported positive effects of music on reading development.
Jennifer Zuk, Ph.D., Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School