Sunday, May 31, 2015

5 Top Reasons for Getting Your Kids Involved in Music Lessons

When I tell someone that I teach piano, the initial response I get is, "I wish I had taken piano lessons when I was younger" or "I wish my mom forced me to continue piano lessons rather than letting me quit." Since I started teaching in 1992, no one has ever said, "I wish I hadn't learned how to play the piano."As adults and parents, we seem to understand how essential and beneficial learning to play an instrument is in our childhood and adolescent years.

Parents have various reasons for investing in music lessons for their kids. One of the main reasons is parents' belief that music lessons will help their kids in school. And they are right! This is one of the 5 top reasons why kids need to learn a musical instrument. As shown by research, taking music lessons has numerous benefits especially in the development of intelligence and character.

Here are 5 Top Reasons getting your kids involved in music lessons.

1. Music Lessons Enhance Brain Development.
Many research studies have been conducted to measure the effects of learning a music instrument on cognitive development. Findings indicate that children who take music lessons over several years show greater improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning skills which are necessary for learning math and science. Music-making kids surpass their classmates who don't take lessons in reading comprehension. In addition, children who take music lessons benefit from improved memory skills. When we look at the research, it is easy to see that taking music lessons over a prolonged period gives kids an academic advantage to the point of increasing IQ and SAT scores. Your kids will be smarter!

2. Music Lessons teach kids how to Accomplish Goals.
Setting goals is crucial to making progress in anything that we pursue whether it's a passion or not. Typically, if we are passionate about something, we pursue that "something" by setting our own goals. Many times others set goals for us including our parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, government, religious leaders or peers. Goal-setting is an important part of day-to-day living, and it is the first step toward achieving a sense of accomplishment. Proficiency on an instrument is a long-term goal achieved over a period of years. In order to accomplish this goal, the music teacher and student must set and accomplish short-term goals that will ultimately lead to long-term achievement. One of the greatest rewards of being a music teacher is to help young students become top-notch musicians and performers over the course of their elementary through high school years. Some students go on to pursue music as a career path. Others go on to pursue other passions. Whatever their pursuits, taking music lessons has taught them how to make progress towards their dreams.

3. Music Lessons develop Self-Discipline in kids.
We all know that anything worth having in this life doesn't come easy and that with hard work and consistency we can achieve great things. How do we instill the character qualities of self-determination and discipline in our kids who are living in a fast-paced society that has grown accustomed to immediate gratification? Music lessons are a fun and effective way to help a child learn self-discipline. Students find motivation in the music they are learning. However, in order to perform this music well they must practice consistently. As the music teacher helps a student structure weekly practice time, the student is empowered to learn the music through self-discipline. Developing the skill of self-discipline can be adapted to achieve goals in other areas such as academics and sports.

4. Music Lessons help kids become Independent and Self-Sufficient adults.
Many child psychologists agree that a child's happiness and ability to become an independent and successful adult is greatly dependent on that child's sense of self-worth and confidence. The qualities of children with high self-esteem include:

• tackling new challenges
• being independent and true to themselves
• taking responsibility for their decisions and actions
• having confidence in themselves and taking pride in their abilities

These characteristics can be developed with consistent music lessons throughout the childhood and adolescent years. New challenges are tackled regularly in music lessons by learning a new piece or song, learning a new technique or progressing to a higher skill level. As students make progress in learning a musical instrument, they are able to choose the music they love to perform - classical, pop, country, etc. Being true to yourself is recognizing what you love most and pursuing it. The decision to practice or not practice can have its consequences, and students must structure their practice for progress. Seeing students perform in front of an audience is a highlight for teachers, parents, family and friends. Students experience a great sense of accomplishment after a performance.

5. Music Lessons promote Self-Expression and Creativity
The world's greatest leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors have something in common - creativity. This creativity can evolve into the power of invention. Think of Benjamin Franklin and his numerous inventions that were born from his creativity in discovering improvements to the way things worked. Making music naturally elicits self-expression and creativity, and the ability for students to express themselves with confidence and creativity opens up incredible doors of opportunity.

As you think about which extracurricular activities to choose for your kids, consider the true benefits of your investment. We all want our children to live life to the fullest and to experience great happiness as they follow their dreams. Sometimes, they need a little guidance from us. We invest in our kids' futures by giving them opportunities such as music lessons. Taking music lessons cultivates qualities that lead to lifetime success. Make learning a music instrument a priority in your home and encourage your kids every step of the way.

Allison J Boyd, Music Therapist - Board Certified
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

ABC Music Store Has Been Named One of NAMM's Top 100 Dealers!

ABC Music Store has been selected as one of the 2015 Top Dealers. 

They have also been nominated for the top 3 "Best Store Turnaround". The winner will be announced at the Summer NAMM Dealer of the Year Awards on June 10th in Nashville, TN. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Gifts for the Brain - Music, Art, Science

ABC Music expands its products for right-hand-side brain development for all ages. Puzzles, toys, electronic kits, and gifts based on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, MC Escher, and Vincent Van Gogh. You won't find another store with this incredible selection.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sharing The Gift Of Music

The power of good music is undeniable. Good music can make anyone feel happier, and it can really help change someone's outlook on a bad day. There are many different ways people can share the gift of music. One of the best ways to share with the world music is by learning an instrument that truly intrigues you and mastering it.

There are many different types of music lessons to choose from. Usually people are more drawn to certain instruments over others. By going to a school of music, it is possible to select from a wide variety of different music lessons. Piano lessons are very popular and many parents attempt to get their children interested in music early on my getting them to learn the piano. However, besides the musical benefits, studies have shown that children who take piano lessons benefit in the long run. First of all, piano lessons teach children the ability to concentrate because reading a piece of music requires full attention. Strong focus is needed as a child must read a note and interpret it with a hand coordination and movement. By developing strong concentration skills early on, children will be able to focus more down the line. They will be able to apply this concentration to their schoolwork and studies demonstrate that children who take piano lessons get better grades then others.

Learning a new instrument, be it piano, guitar or drum requires dedication and hard work. When a child takes these lessons and slowly begins to master them, their levels of self-confidence can drastically increase. Beginning to understand anything that was previously a mysteriously difficult task can help raise self-esteem.

Not only will learning a new instrument help a child's confidence, it enables them to become more rounded individuals. Music is an art. Music lessons allow children to develop an appreciation for the gift and culture of the art of music.

Should your child not be interested in learning an instrument, singing lessons are another great way to share the gift of music. Regardless of whether or not you have a good voice, a trained instructor will help you manage your voice and enhance it to its full potential. Singing lessons teach breathing exercises and can teach someone how to hold a note for a long time.

Once you have learned to apply your musical talent, you can begin to create your own music to share with the world. A trained musician can apply their talents in many different forms including composing music for others to play, writing musicals, performing in rock bands or other types of musical groups.

Regardless of what style of music you choose to learn or you choose to apply your talent to, the most important thing is that you share your gift as music can truly enhance the lives of others around you.  You musical talent gives you the ability to make others happy and it is a wonderful gift to share.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Ahn Trio: A Modern Take on Piano, Violin, Cello

The three Ahn sisters (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella) breathe new life into the piano trio with their passionate musicmaking. At TEDWomen, they start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan, then play a gorgeous, slinky version of "Oblivion," by Astor Piazzolla.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Carrot clarinet | Linsey Pollak | TEDxSydney

Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electic drill a carrot and a saxophone mouthpiece, and plays it all in a matter of 5 minutes.

Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has recorded 31 albums, toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia as well as performing at most major festivals around Australia.

Linsey has devised many large Festival pieces such as "BimBamBoo" and "Sound Forest", as well as collaborating on many music and theatre projects around Australia. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA, and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. Linsey has also worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Music and the Brain: Jessica Grahn at TEDxWesternU

Jessica Grahn, Cognitive Neuroscientist, talks about the power of the human mind and how it can be transformed through music.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

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.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bill T. Jones: The Dancer, the Singer, the Cellist ... and a Moment of Creative Magic

Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," so extraordinary it had to be shared ...

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Healing Power of Music

An unconventional approach to recovery and coping, music therapy is a field of medicine capturing new attention due to its role in helping Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the versatility of music in a medical setting, but the difficulty of quantifying its effectiveness.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Power of Music - Jack Leroy Tueller

Orphaned at age 5, WWII veteran, went on to play first chair trumpet at BYU. This is a remarkable story from Jack's military experience.