Music Education Resources

How playing an Instrument Benefits the Brain

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When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

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The BEST time for music/art lessons can be summer: a great time to have FUN!

Then… there is the rest of summer. Children get restless with no school and too much free time. That is why learning something new or immersion in one or a few subjects in summer is rapidly becoming popular with parents. Music is a great subject for immersion, whether a child is beginning or already playing.

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Instrument Suggestions

The main difference between the two keyboards recommended above is the PSR Series has MIDI. They both have lighted keys and touch sensitive piano/keyboard. Remember we highly recommend only using these beginner keyboards for only 3-6 months, if at all. An acoustic piano or Clavinova with weighted keys is a better choice.

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Summer Enrichment with Music Education

June is the month children have waited for all year: school is out and summer vacation time is here! Children see the summer as a time for endless play and fun.

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20 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Practice

1. Make practice a game. 2. Find out what motivates your child. Ribbons? Stickers? Money? 3. Praise your child for the effort. Use “I” messages. 4. Be there for the lesson. Attentive and present. It’s a wonderful time to focus on  your child and his/her learning. 5. Listen to your child as they practice. 6. […]

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Common Music Questions & Answers

Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons? A: It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on.  We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response.  A touch sensitive keyboard […]

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5 Ways to get the Most out of Lessons

Here are some practical tips that we have discovered from years of teaching and our experiences with teaching hundreds of students each year. 1. How Young is Too Young – Starting at the Right Age For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. Every child is […]

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5 Reasons to take Music Lessons

Playing an instrument makes you smarter.  University studies suggest that children who are exposed to music or those who play an instrument do better in school than those who do not.  According to research, exposure to music may benefit academic achievement in math, science, language arts and standardized test performance. Playing an instrument creates a […]

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Does my child have talent?

The answer: yes! All people have musical ability that can be nurtured and developed. Music is a language, just as English or French. No matter whom you are you learned to speak your native tongue perfectly, usually by ages 3-5 years. The same steps in language learning can and do take place in successful music […]

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Top 5 Instruments for Beginners

There are some instruments that are easier to learn than others and are suitable for beginners.  Here are some listed in no particular order: Violin They are fairly easy to start learning and suitable for children as young as 3 years old (with Suzuki Method) to adults.  Playing the violin is popular and in demand.  […]

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