GMS AND OTTAWA SUZUKI STRINGS IN NEW PARTNERSHIP!

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By Dijana Bate & Setareh Beheshti

Glebe Montessori School (GMS) has always valued the arts. Music, theatre and fine arts, taught by specialists, are highlighted in GMS’s preschool and elementary curricula.

   This year, we are taking music education a step further, through a new partnership between GMS and Ottawa Suzuki Strings (OSS). Students may enrol in private music classes offered by OSS and taught at our GMS location.

   GMS considers Ottawa Suzuki Strings a perfect musical match! Interestingly, the Suzuki method of teaching music embraces some of the most significant principles of Montessori pedagogy. Believing in the tremendous potential of the young child, Dr. Montessori and Dr. Suzuki established that musical training can start at a very young age and is highly beneficial for the child’s personal and academic development.

   Research supports the positive effects of musical training on brain and cognitive development, as it requires “focused attention, and abstract, relational thinking.” Playing a musical instrument is gymnastics for the brain, and even more important, nurtures the soul.