Orange Anglican Grammar School (OAGS) is celebrating this week as more children are learning more instruments in its new music rooms.
The school launched its 2018 music program with the opening of its new music facilities.
OAGS band director Noel Annett said that the benefits of music tuition for children have been well documented.
“It’s been proven that music tuition has wide ranging positive effects for brain development, social engagement and cognitive engagement,” he said.
“Our new rooms have allowed us to expand our program to more children learning a wider variety of instruments.”
OAGS has built a classroom for teaching sessions and four smaller rooms designed for individual tuition.
“In the past tutors were allocated various different spaces around the school, they now have a dedicated area to teach which makes life a little easier for them,” Mr Annett said.
The music program now includes two new piano teachers, a new singing coach and a new guitar teacher, in addition to the flute, saxophone, clarinet, brass and drum tutors previously teaching at the school.
The result is that a quarter of all students – more than 100 pupils – are now enrolled in private tuition.
“For this school’s recent history it is a big growth in numbers,” Mr Annett said.
“We’re looking forward to increasing expansion in the future.”