TOP 10 Reasons whyeveryoneshould learn to play a Musical Instrument!
Can you imagine living your life without music? It would be very hard to do so. While everyone enjoys listening to music, not many of us bother to learn to play! This could be for a few reasons. First, some people may lack the incentive to learn or second, they may feel that they are simply “not talented enough” to give it a try. In my 26 years of teaching I can tell you first hand that anyone can learn to play a musical instrument! Too often many of us suffer from self doubt and self defeating thoughts that keep us from even trying it out. Even as a full time teacher and director at the studio, I still spend time to keep up with my learning on the guitar. I feel that everyone can benefit from learning to play and that everyone should take the time out to learn to play at some time in their lives..Listed below are the top ten reasons why I feel learning to play an instrument is important.
1.Playing an instrument relieves stress:Researchers studying the benefits of studying a musical instrument have shown that practicing and playing an instrument calms the mind and makes us feel relaxed.
Michael Jolkovski, a psychologist who specializes in musicians states that one of the best ways playing an instrument helps us is by the fact that it helps us connect with others
And helps in bringing down stress. “Playing a musical instrument can satisfy the need to unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things people can use such as, excessive eating, watching T.V. or hours spent on the internet, Learning to play a musical instrument brings people to a deeper state of meditation when alone and a higher sense of connectivity when shared with others.”
2. Playing a musical instrument improves your social life:Music helps you connect. Learning an instrument enlarges your social circle since you get to meet more people than you usually would. In children, music can help develop social skills. Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a conductor, composer and musical director for the Miami Symphony Orchestra, who also oversees the MISO Young Artist program in South Florida, has observed the effect that music has on a child’s social skills. "Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline."
-Stay tuned for part two next month!
Why did decide to learn to play the Guitar?
I was always interested in the guitar. My teacher Jeff Davis was teaching a guitar camp last summer and I took his class. I learned very quickly in his class and decided to start private lessons with him to learn even more.
What have you been learning in your lessons?
I have been learning how to play the acoustic guitar. Jeff has been teaching me about strumming patterns and how to play popular songs by Taylor Swift.
Do you have any hobbies?
My biggest hobby HAS to be the Guitar, but I also enjoy art and drawing as well.
Do you have any pets, what are their names?
I have a dog and 2 cats. Their names are Jasmine, Shadow and Tyler.
Ashley has been studying the guitar at PSoM since last August. She has been learning quite rapidly and has performed in the studio recital last December. Stay tuned for her performance video which will be posted on YouTube within the month of February.
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Fostering a Long Term Love of Music
It’s a brand new year and the PERFECT time to get started in new projects, lessons, activities and hobbies. At PSoM of course, we are thrilled to welcome the new students and families to our school and help them get started with the wonderful music lessons that we offer.
When beginning new activities such as music lessons, everything is no new and exciting. Here at PSoM– there is an enthusiastic new teacher to meet, new books and perhaps a new instrument that you received for Christmas? And of course the new experience of learning to play.
However fun it may be at the start, like everything else that is new in life, eventually that “new car smell” of music lessons can fade, and without proper attention to this normal transition period, it is possible for students to lose interest no matter how great their new instrument is and how inspiring their new teacher is (and of course ALL of our instructors here at PSoM are just that!)
At PSoM, our instructors are well equipped with a variety of methods to keep every lesson exciting and new as possible. Our teachers have years of playing and teaching experience and also incorporate technology in their lesson studios.
So, what else could possibly be needed then for new students (or even existing students) to remain interested in their lessons?
Go out to a live concert...
We live in one of the robust times in history of the world as far as live music is concerned. It’s of the utmost importance that as a new and interested students of music, that you seek out as many local live performances and start attending them! Such local music venues as Kerry Town Concert house in Ann Arbor Mi. OR The Ark, also in Ann Arbor are great places to see live music on an intimate level (less than 100 seat settings). True we all have Ipod’s loaded with gigabytes of music, but nothing replaces live music and certainly there is more to live music to experience than what exists even in our practice rooms.
Listen to music for the sake of listening to music...
We all lead such busy lives today that more and more we don’t take the time outside of the car or home to just sit down and listen to music and really experience it as it was intended. Students of all ages need to be exposed to many different styles of music to learn what about learn about all of the music in their world. What’s more, students need to know who the important people in music history really are; Especially in regards to particular instruments that they are studying. Many times, the initial training exercises necessary for learning a new instrument can be tedious. By listening to examples of WHY they are so important, students get a preview of the end result to come. Ask your teacher for a recommended listening every week in regards to the instrument that you are studying!
Of course there are many more things that you can do, but these two recommendations should allow you to transition well into fostering a long term appreciation and love for music that will last for many years to come!