Music Instruction
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Music, The Original Social Network

Today, people are more connected than ever. With the incredible prominence of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it is increasingly easy to use technology to reach out and connect with other people all around the globe. We share our thoughts, feelings, and selfies with the world, trying to get the most “likes” or “shares” as we possibly can. But some, myself included, would argue that these connections are not real. The “friends” and followers we accumulate through our various social media networks pale in comparison to the real world, face to face connections we make with actual... << Read More >>

Why Do We Listen?

Over the last few weeks we've taken a fairly close look at a number of the interesting benefits to both mental health and physical well being that are associated with playing and listening to music. The most prominent and spectacular of these come from playing, especially when started at a young age. That being said, the benefits that come from playing can be yours no matter what age you begin to play, and even just listening can have wonderful effects for everyone from students studying for an exam to the elderly suffering from illnesses that keep them confined to a... << Read More >>

Listen Up! Music & Your Health

As we have made fairly clear over the last few weeks, learning to play an instrument has some serious, and powerful benefits for students young and old alike. From the simplest of benefits like making new friends who share a common interest, to more complex physical and psychological benefits like improved memory, problem solving, and heightened senses to go along with altered brain structures, the benefits are hard to ignore. That being said, learning to play is not the only way to reap a wide range of health benefits from music. You know, of course, what kind of special power music... << Read More >>

Retired & Bored? Seniors Can Benefit From Playing Music Too

In keeping with recent topics, this weeks we're going to take a short look at some of the benefits of a musical eduction for those in their twilight years: the elderly. There are many unique and astounding benefits for seniors to gain through learning a musical instrument. Following a long life of busy work, the slow pace of a life in retirement might leave many longing for something to do, and picking up a musical instrument is a fantastic hobby that can provide a lot more advantages than just simply passing the time. While playing an instrument has many side and... << Read More >>

It’s Never Too Late: Adult Music Lessons

With all the time spent looking at the vast benefits that children can reap from music lessons at a young age, many adult may feel that it is too late for them to start playing music too. This, however, couldn't be further from the truth. While many of the benefits of music lessons for adult are different from those for children, music can still play an important role in relaxation and overall mental health, even for those that have zero previous musical experience. As an adult, finding the time to learn any new hobby has its difficulties, but if you... << Read More >>

Fostering a Budding Interest in Music

As we have discussed in a number of recent posts, playing music can have a profound impact in the developing mind, and can create benefits that will last a life time. However, before any of these advantages can take affect there must be a pre-existing interest in music. Music has been called a universal language, and everyone listens to some kind or another for a variety of reasons, but for most people that is where their interest ends. While there are benefits to even this limited exposure to the wider world of music, including aid in relaxation, and according to... << Read More >>

Starting Young: Early Music Lessons

It's never too late to reap the many benefits that comes from an education in music. Many people don't start playing an instrument until much later in life, and come to learn the joy of making music both alone and with a group. However, as this blog has discussed on a few occasions, there are many more benefits that come from beginning a musical education at a much younger age. Certain brain scans have even been shown that children that start playing and making music before seven years of age have distinct changes in behaviour and brain structure. With that... << Read More >>

Online vs In Person Music Lessons: The Pros & Cons

In today's busy world life can get pretty complicated, with all manner of different things being thrown our way seemingly by the hour. Life can get convoluted incredibly quickly, with busy schedules and hectic commitments. Unfortunately this can often lead to those hobbies that keep us sane taking a back seat to the "more important" aspects of day to day life. It also can make it extremely difficult to pick up new interests to keep that sanity in check. With that in mind, and the wonderful resource that is the internet at our finger tips, many people have taken to... << Read More >>

6 Tips For Making the Most of Your Practice Time

From changes in behaviour and alterations of the very structures of the brain, to learning important life skills like goal setting and perseverance, and even building a healthy sense of self esteem, the countless benefits of a musical education for students of all ages are undeniable. But all the benefits that come from music lessons require one thing before they can take affect: practice, practice, practice. They say practice makes perfect, and in this case it can be a lot more truthful than you know. Every single social and psychological benefit that has been discussed in connection with making music... << Read More >>

Playing For Keeps: Lifelong Benefits of an Education in Music

Over the last few weeks we've been looking at some of the benefits children and adults can reap from an education in music. We've discussed areas such as life skills and brain development, but this week we're going to go a lot more basic. Specifically, basic benefits such as improved academic success, including higher grades, character benefits such as higher self-confidence, perseverance, and a sense of accomplishment, as well as even more basic benefits like making friends as part of a band or ensemble, the joy of making music and entertaining others, and having a hobby that they can enjoy... << Read More >>