Monday, October 27, 2014

How Learning to Play Instruments is Beneficial to Students

Often times when a school struggles with money, they tend to get rid of art classes such as band first. When a child cannot learn these skills at school it is important to have piano lessons or even guitar lessons. Regardless of where a student learns to play, they can still discover the advantageous of music. A band class can help a teen meet new people and make good friends. Colleges look for well-rounded people and they like to see applicants who have taken some music class. It has been shown that learning how to play in instrument can actually alter a kid's brain and help them learn better in other classes. It is advantageous for a kid to be in a band class.

Being in a class with others who share the same passion to learn can really help a kid make new friends. There is such a variety of people who love music and want to learn how to play an instrument. This will, at least, help get teens exposed to different people because later on in life one has to interact with so many various people. Making friends can at times be a little difficult, so finding others with the same interest can begin a bond between the two. Kids who have an easier time interacting with different people have good social skills.

In high school all teens can think about is what they can do to get into the best college. They do sports, join clubs, and most importantly strive to do well in the classroom. While in high school music classes does not seem very important, it can help in getting into a good college. Universities are looking for kids who are very well-rounded. This does include sports and clubs, but it too comprises of the arts. They believe that art helps a person to understand the world they are in a bit better. Colleges really like to see some type of art, such as band, on a teen application.

Kids really should be immersed in music from a young age. It has been found that children who learn to play an instrument find it easier to understand their native language and to learn a new language. Those who have studied music find word patterns in new languages they study. Musicians are also more focused people. It has been discovered that kids who had studied music have an easier time focusing. They are distracted by fewer things in the classroom as they learn which can lead to better grades.

Kids really need to learn how to play an instrument from somewhere. Through the experience a teen can make a lot of close bonds with others. Those who want to go to college should really find classes with art because universities want kids who are well-rounded. Music can help kids with languages as well as focus which are both vital in the classroom. There are so many benefits to a kid learning how to play an instrument.

Connor R. Sullivan and his wife recently searched the term piano lessons Minneapolis St Paul online for help finding a music teacher for their children. His wife enrolled their daughter at a local music center for guitar lessons Minneapolis St Paul during the fall.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm - John Varney



In standard notation, rhythm is indicated on a musical bar line. But there are other ways to visualize rhythm that can be more intuitive. John Varney describes the ‘wheel method’ of tracing rhythm and uses it to take us on a musical journey around the world.

Lesson by John Varney, animation by TED-Ed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Expand Your Playlist - Kaiser Permanente Thrive Radio Ad



"There's a reason why you see so many people walking around with earphones. We love listening to music. Music makes us feel good." Studies show that music actually reduced depression and anxiety.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Physiological Musical Benefits



Menzie Pittman, a member of the National Association of Music Merchants, discusses the physiological benefits of participating in recreational music making.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daria van den Bercken: Why I Take the Piano on the Road … and in the Air



Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Last Benicia Art Walk of the Season This Saturday!



Celebration of Local Young Artists


Saturday, October 11th
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Event Promises Art, Entertainment, and an Exploration of Steampunk

The Benicia Second Saturdays Art Walk kicks off the 2014 season at 21 downtown venues that include businesses, galleries, and public art.

Boasting one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, Benicia is home to over 200 artists, including painters, sculptors, stained and blown glass artists, printmakers and bookbinders, textile and ceramic artists, jewelers and multi-media artists.

Benicia Art Walk presents the opportunity to experience art in Benicia, and for visitors to enjoy the dining, shopping, music, and history that Benicia has become known for.

The Art Walk takes place in Benicia's historic downtown First Street area, from Military East to the scenic waterfront along the Carquinez Strait. Spend the day strolling our downtown, take in some of our exciting art offerings, and take advantage of the opportunity to shop and dine, too.

To download the brochure, please click HERE

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pianos : How Do Pianos Work?



Pianos work through six main mechanisms; the pedals, the metal frame, the soundboard and bridges, the action, the casing and the strings. Learn how these mechanisms work together to create sounds and effects on a piano from an experienced piano player in this free video on pianos.