Troy Ascott

Coolum state high school 

Feb 11, 2021

Can you believe the power of music?  I don’t know what it is, I can’t define it, but I do know that music does so many amazing and powerful things for a school.

The first thing it does is bring people together.  While you can play solo, generally music is made in groups – it’s produced by bands, ensembles, symphony groups and giant orchestras.  Music is a way ideas and feelings can be passed from one generation to the next.  I think I can understand what the anti-Vietnam protestors of the late sixties were feeling by listening to their music.

In schools, music takes a special place.  I know that students who participate in music achieve more highly in their studies.  I don’t need another research presentation to show me that – I have observed it for years.  There is no doubt that students who “do” music, also achieve well at whatever else they undertake.  It appears that there is an undeniable link between music and learning.

It’s for these reasons and many more that music takes a central place at Coolum High.  From our award-winning Wind Symphony to embryonic rock bands, Coolum High is growing and nurturing its music programs to allow more and more students to reap the benefits of an education enriched by music.  2021 promises to be an amazing year in the continued growth of music in our school.  I’m hoping that as the year rolls out our community can hear more of the fantastic music being made by students across our school.  I can’t wait to hear more of it!