School music concerts strike the right chord

Busy families can often find it hard to fit in end-of-year school music concerts. But the learning and social benefits make them more than worthwhile.

ACU Senior Education Lecturer and music expert Dr Kathleen McGuire has written a piece for The Conversation citing the evidence when it comes to why music performances, including Christmas carol sing-alongs, matter.

Dr McGuire, who is also a conductor of community ensembles, outlines the benefits to children's cognitive development, confidence, skills, and fun that comes from learning music and performing with others.

Not to mention the social and wellbeing factors, including a sense of belonging during what can be a challenging time of year for some.

Dr McGuire’s timely advice to families during the busy school concert season is simple: show up, clap, cheer, and participate in music events that will hit the right notes when it comes to enriching your life.

Read the article first published in The Conversation: Hallelujah, it's school concert season. A music researcher explains why these performances are so important (

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