Music Instruction
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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 >>

Musical Education and Better Brain Function

A lot of time has been spent, both in this blog and in the world at large, discussing the life lessons children can learn with an education in music. And that's all well and good, but there is a whole other side to the benefits of a musical education for children; development and optimization of brain function. While many of the life skills that have been talked about in connection to music lessons are overt and obvious, like self-esteem and goal setting, brain development and optimization of functions have significantly more subtle benefits, like increased grey matter and improvements in... << Read More >>

20 Years: A lifetime With the Same Band

20 years. It’s a lifetime for some, the blink of an eye for others. Think about the friendships and relationships you might have had spanning that time, if you’re old enough. How many ups and downs? How many disagreements and reconciliations? 20 years can put even the strongest relationships through hell and back. Sometimes those relationships survive, and in fact thrive over decades. Some simply fail. This can be especially evident in the world of celebrities. Marriages last only a few years, or even a few weeks. Bands pop up, have a hit, then disband never to play together again. But... << Read More >>

Songs of the City

A few weeks ago we looked at the songs of the road. This week we’re going to be sticking a little closer to home; songs about cities. There’s something about city life that inspires songwriters, whether it’s the people (or the women), the cultures or the attitudes. And with the overwhelming number of variations between cities even in the same country, and the countless styles of music to choose from, this topic has some rather eclectic compositions. From rap and R&B to Rat Pack crooners, classic rock to jazz standards, there are way too many examples to cover everything, but... << Read More >>

Summer Hits of the New Millennium

There are catchy tunes released all year ‘round, but there’s something special about summer hits. A certain something that seems to only be captured in the cheerful clarity of a bright summer day. The pop is poppier, the hits are happier, and the mood is always high! Let’s take a short jaunt down memory lane and revisit the summers of the new millennium. Who was topping the summer charts for the past 14 years, and are they still around today? 2000: Matchbox Twenty – Bent Right away we’ve got a song not fitting the usual happy summer convention. A song about a person... << Read More >>