The two halves of our brain
Basically, it appears that music helps develop areas of the brain involved in language and reasoning. In fact recent studies to show that it is the left side of the brain, the part involved in processing language, which develops with music. Therefore by linking music and song to facts we create a fun way to put them into young minds.
For this reason over the last twenty years we have been publishing musicals linked to the UK Key Stage 2 history curriculum. With these musicals children have learnt about ancient Greek mythology through our musical The Monster of the Maze – The Story of Theseus and the Minotaur, about the fall of Pompeii in Pompeii – The Rain of Fire and life in Victorian Britain with The Victorian Historian – A Journey to Victorian Britain.
They haven’t just learnt, but by being in a musical they can actually feel that they have been there and learnt about life in those bygone times.
Add to all this that when a child performs in front of their parents and friends it they learn so much more than just history. They learn that on stage they have to be responsible, as without responsibility their whole performance, and that of the rest of the cast, will fail, therefore to make it work they learn about the benefit of becoming one of a team, along with tasting the benefits of success as the curtain comes down. For many it is the first time they have felt this sense of achievement.
It is for all these reasons that we keep pushing and developing Educational Musicals Making History Fun to primary schools everywhere.