St. Ann's Bay High & Prep Launches Violin Programme

Sophia Webley-Simms

By Sophia Webley-Simms

February 22, 2019
The Violin Group with Tutor

The Violin Group with Tutor

Everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. With this awareness, the St. Ann’s Bay High and Preparatory School launched a violin programme in January 2019, where students get an opportunity to develop their creativity and express their innovative side.

The programme, which is open to both high and prep school students, is being offered as a co-curricular activity and so far has 11 students, who have purchased their violins and started classes. These students have the privilege to be trained by music teacher extraordinaire Pastor Jermaine Johnson, Director of Education, North Jamaica Conference, who taught music for over a decade, before entering into pastoral ministry.

When allowed to work in harmony with other subjects and areas of study, music helps children build essential skills. According to Principal, Mrs. Paulette Ambursley-Henry, “I am excited about this programme. It is a joy to see the enthusiasm of the students and parents. This programme will definitely attract more students to the school.”

“Music has long been confirmed by researchers as a tool which enhances learning capacity, aids in emotional wellbeing, and builds overall mental abilities. Thus, I wanted to bring that to our school; and not just with a regular classroom instrument, like say the recorder, but with one as exotic and orchestral as the violin”, said Pastor Johnson.

Music is a wonderful gift that must be cultivated in our children. Furthermore, research has shown that early music education exposure helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. As Pastor Johnson aptly puts it, “learning the violin not only aids in playing a musical instrument, but also teaches our students a skill, which they can utilize in future years to generate income. The violin is highly sought after for weddings and other events, with violinists charging an average US$300 per programme. And as they say, ‘the skills pay the bills!’”

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