Sunday, March 31, 2013

Benefits of Music Education For Children

Do you ever wonder what advantages are achieved through learning music? Read on to discover the many benefits of music education.

Self-Esteem

Learning music is hard work, but also very rewarding, which can lead to a genuine increase in self-esteem. This can happen when a student masters the many steps along the way to becoming proficient, as well as when they have a successful recital or concert.

Increased Memory

One of the many benefits of music education is that it is a great workout for increasing memory as the student learns to recognize the different notes.

Self Expression

Music can be a creative outlet for self expression. This may take the form of learning music that mimics experienced emotions. Or it may be expressed in creating music and lyrics, which can then be presented to family and friends.

Bringing People Together

Music can be a great catalyst for uniting people in a common experience, where friends can be made, and a sense of belonging can be available.

Increased Academic Performance

When talking about the benefits of music education it is often well believed that learning music can boost academic achievement. Although the exact mechanics of this is often not understood, the belief is that learning music stimulates parts of the brain that then have a carry-over impact on all academic areas. It also provides structure and focus which may benefit other areas of learning.

Teamwork

Learning to work well with others is one of those things that when present is often overlooked, but when absent is often painfully obvious. Performing music requires the skills associated with teamwork that are valuable throughout life. In order to play an instrument successfully students need to be tuned in to what those around them are doing so that the various instruments form a cohesive unit.

Structure, Organization, and Discipline

When talking about the benefits of music education it is important to acknowledge the value that can be found in the structure, organization, and discipline that it offers. Structure and organization are important skills to be learned. They can carry a child forward in many areas of life, not just music education. When talking about discipline here we are discussing the discipline it takes for the child to set aside time each week to practice. Learning to discipline themselves can eliminate procrastination, and like structure and organization, can be valuable in all areas of life.

Enjoyment

Enjoyment may not be the top priority for many when considering the benefits of music education, but can be a great asset to consider. If playing an instrument is considered enjoyable it may take time away from less desirable things, such as watching television or playing video games. In addition to this, any activity that is enjoyable can be a great stress reliever, which may be especially important for our kids right now since they are living in a world of ever increasing stress.

With all of these benefits of music education there is no reason not to get started today.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1569005

Friday, March 29, 2013

A Photo of the ABC Choir Performing at Heritage Estates


ABC Choir performing for the residents at Heritage Estates 

The ABC Music Choir is run by Kim Luty (M.A.) who specializes in presenting the joy of music in a fun and interactive learning environment. The Choir runs multiple times a year, aligning with different seasonal events and generally runs for six sessions with a final performance at the end of the season.

Past final performances have included community engagements at Heritage Estates and a headlining performance at the Livermore Winter Parade, where Kim Luty's own "Christmas Time in Livermore" was sung immediately preceding the Christmas Tree Lighting!

Past ABC Choir members have been in leading roles in musicals both in their respective schools and at the Bankhead Theater musical series.


Fore more information visit www.abcmusicstores.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Raining Jane "Wish You Were Here" - NAMM 2013 with Taylor Guitars



Here's an interesting group of talented musicians loving music and song. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Music Program to Help At-Risk Youth - Article from the Livermore Patch

Posted by David Jonas

Introducing Music Pathways, a new program aimed at providing music education to at-risk Livermore youth ages 14-18.

Participants will receive musical instruments and professional instruction from ABC Music in downtown Livermore - at no cost.

The program begins in April, and culminates in a live musical performance at the Bothwell Center in October. The deadline for applying for Music Pathways is Monday, April 1.

No prior musical experience is necessary, only a desire to learn to play an instrument or sing.

According to Chris Fleckner, Manager of ABC Music and a founder of Music Pathways: "As a musician, I've personally experienced the amazingly positive impact that music can have. We want to provide that opportunity to kids who might otherwise not have the chance."

Music Pathways is a partnership between East Bay Youth & Family Initiatives and the Children's Music Arts Foundation.

To receive an application form (in English or Spanish) or for more information call EBYFI at 925.961.8045 or email jpenrod@eastbayfi.org.

Article Source Livermore Patch

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Music as a Language - Victor Wooten



Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language--by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.

Lesson by Victor Wooten, produced by TED-Ed.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Steve Joseph, The Welsh Drummer At ABC Music In Livermore



Steve was born and grew up in Wales Great Britain. He started playing drums at the age of 13 and by the time he was 17 was playing professionally. He has played thousands of venues throughout Great Britain, Europe and USA, and has played all styles from rock, to big band, to jazz and fusion. He has shared the stage and opened for many well known artists such as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Bee Gees, Dave Edmunds, Joan Armatrading, Genesis and many more. Steve says that the London Music scene in the 60’s was the place to be growing up, it was so inspirational, and he has not lost any of his enthusiasm for the art of drumming.

In addition to his playing Steve has written songs and won Music awards for them and has also had a publishing and recording deal with Charisma Records in London, where he recorded his own material with his own band called The Steve Joseph Band, as well as having his material covered by some well known artists.

In the early days Steve took lessons from Dave Gibson-Cadwalleder who taught at the London School of Music. He also took lessons from the famous Ginger Baker.

Steve has been teaching drums privately and in the colleges in Wales and England since his early 20’s.

Since moving to the US at the end of the 90’s Steve has been teaching and performing in the Northern California Area. He has taught in most of the music stores in Redding and also worked with the school districts in helping their high school percussion sections and worked with the after the school program to introduce the young students to the medium of music.

Steve’s enthusiasm for teaching is very infectious and he has helped many drummers reach levels they never thought possible. He is a musician who lives and breathes music 24/7, and a perfectionist of his trade, he gives 110% in all he does. He loves to pass on his wealth of knowledge and experience to aspiring musicians, and is always there to support them on their journey.

Direct: 530-227-7407

Learn more about Steve at his website: welshdrummer.com

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Greg Chambers' "After Hours" CD Release Party!

CD Release Party 


Join us on March 24th from 5-7pm at the Double Barrel in Livermore for the release of Greg Chambers' "After Hours" and a Special Performance.
Double Barrel Wine Bar
2086 1st St, Livermore, CA 94550
ph: (925) 243-9463
There is a $20 cover for the patio seating, which includes your copy of "After Hours" as well as assorted meats, cheeses, and accoutrements.  Reservations can be made by calling (925) 243-9463.  

Pre-Order Info
If you can't make it to the Release Party, you can pre-order "After Hours" on Amazon.com or through Greg Chambers' website.  It is listed as a "Hot New Release (Best Selling) in Smooth Jazz", where it peaked at No. 2 last week (and our Radio Campaign hasn't started yet!). 

More Reviews!

A few more reviews of "After Hours" have trickled in over the past few weeks from some great critics.  
1. Smooth Jazz Ride by Ron Jackson
2. SmoothJazz.de by Hans-Bernd Hulsmann
3. Smooth Jazz Therapy by Denis Poole
4. CriticalJazz by Brent Black

Friday, March 15, 2013

Music Pathways: A Hands-On Alternative Arts Education Program! Deadline to Sign Up is April 1st!

MUSIC PATHWAYS

A hands-on alternative arts education program that teaches YOU how to play in a band! No music experience necessary! All lessons, instrument rental and instruction at ABC Music in downtown Livermore is included at no cost to you!

All youth 14-18 years of age SUBMIT APPLICATION NO LATER that APRIL 1, 2013 To:
EBFI | (925) 961-8045 | 1401 Almond Avenue, Room 20 | Livermore, CA 94550

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Group Piano Class Now Offered at ABC Music Store!

 
Group Piano Class now offered at ABC Music Store
 
We are proud to present keyboard lessons for beginning students in a classroom setting, right here at ABC! This is a great introductory class for students interested in studying piano or as a prep course for studying other instruments. Learn to read, write and play music in just 10 weeks!
 
Young Beginner's Class (ages 7-12): Fridays 5:00-5:40pm 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Greg Chambers' "After Hours" CD Release Party!

  CD Release Party 

Join us on March 24th from 5-7pm at the Double Barrel in Livermore for the release of Greg Chambers' "After Hours" and a Special Performance.
Double Barrel Wine Bar
2086 1st St, Livermore, CA 94550
ph: (925) 243-9463
There is a $20 cover for the patio seating, which includes your copy of "After Hours" as well as assorted meats, cheeses, and accoutrements.  Reservations can be made by calling (925) 243-9463.  

Pre-Order Info
If you can't make it to the Release Party, you can pre-order "After Hours" on Amazon.com or through Greg Chambers' website.  It is listed as a "Hot New Release (Best Selling) in Smooth Jazz", where it peaked at No. 2 last week (and our Radio Campaign hasn't started yet!). 

More Reviews!

A few more reviews of "After Hours" have trickled in over the past few weeks from some great critics.  
1. Smooth Jazz Ride by Ron Jackson
2. SmoothJazz.de by Hans-Bernd Hulsmann
3. Smooth Jazz Therapy by Denis Poole
4. CriticalJazz by Brent Black

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An Evening of Original Jazz

Night Harvest will present an Evening of Original Jazz 
this Saturday, March 9 starting at 7:30 pm 
at the Double Barrel in downtown Livermore
Kelly Fasman will be with us on drums. Please join us. We will be having a lot of fun!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Greg Chambers ABC Music Livermore



As an orchestral/classical saxophonist, Greg served as an on-call musician for the New World Symphony in Miami. FL, has been heard on the airwaves of K-Mozart in Los Angeles, has played in the Ginn Resorts Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, and served as the Saxophone Fellowship student for the 2007 and 2008 Aspen Music Festival, where he was fortunate to work with such renowned performers/conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Kathleen Battle. Greg has studied with Dr. Douglas Masek, William Trimble, Bil Jackson, and John Harle, has performed in masterclasses with Greg Banaszak and Gary Keller.

As a jazz/pop saxophonist, Greg has worked with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, studied with Eric Marienthal, and is releasing his second CD this fall.

As a teacher, Greg holds a CA teaching credential, has taught music at Hogan High School in Vallejo, CA for 2 years, and has taught private lessons since 2003. Some of his private students have been chosen to participate in the CBDA All-State Honor Bands and many more were selected to participate in county and regional honor bands. Greg was featured in Vol. 33 No. 3 of the Saxophone Journal ("A Lesson With Greg Chambers"- by Greg Banaszak) and offers saxophone lessons at ABC Music in Livermore.

Greg strives to help students discover their potential. While focusing on repertoire that engages students, facilitates sight-reading skills (through duets, etudes, etc.), and addresses key fundamentals, students are encouraged to discover new material, join/form ensembles, and take ownership of their own growth. To register for lessons or find out more information, you may contact Greg at:

Phone: (408) 710-3561