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    How Young Is Too Young For Music Lessons?

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    boy-at-pianoIt is never too early to expose your child to music; Even babies in the womb can gain cognitive benefits from hearing music. Children between the ages of 0-9 have the highest potential for developing a love and understanding of music but knowing the right age at which to start formal lessons or group music lessons can be challenging for a parent.

    The most commonly recommended age for starting private music lessons is between 5 and 7 years old. Kids in that age range have developed a bit of classroom etiquette and have begun reading and writing. Both of which are essential tools in the process of learning music in a more structured environment such as private lessons. Children under 5 will benefit greatly from larger group music classes which involve more physical movement and music appreciation.

    PBS.org has a great article which goes more in depth on the best ways to encourage your little musician.

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/whats-the-right-age-to-begin-music-lessons/

     

     

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    Which Instrument Is Right For My Child?

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    If you are considering signing your child up for music lessons this article featured on PBS.org is worth the read. “Dr. Robert A. Cutietta is the Dean of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He is the author of “Raising Musical Kids” and a popular speaker whose areas of expertise include the middle-school learner, choral education, learning theories, and the psychology of music. Additionally, he is a highly regarded musician and educator with extensive knowledge about the full range of musical talent nationally as well as internationally.”

     

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/helping-your-child-choose-the-right-instrument/

     

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    “But I Don’t Wanna Play The Piano….”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “Forcing a child to play an instrument rarely leads to the love of music making we want.”

    (Dr. Robert A. Cutietta, author of “Raising Musical Kids”)

    I have very mixed feelings about this statement. I was one of those children who’s parents “forced” them to play an instrument. In my family learning to play the piano was not optional for my siblings and me. Practicing the piano regularly was also not optional.

    My parents made a deal with me during one of my many rants about wanting to quit. They said that if I could find 3 adults that had quit playing piano as a child and didn’t regret it then they would let me quit. I tried for years, asking every grown up I came across. Needless to say, my parents won. Every adult I spoke to said “I wish I would have kept going.” Not only did I develop my own love for the piano, but I also went on to study music in college, perform on multiple stages worldwide, and even become a piano teacher myself.

    We’ve all heard of the cognitive and physical benefits of learning an instrument as a child. We’ve heard how students who study an instrument for an extended period of time have improved grades and test scores, increased creativity, and stronger balance in left/right brain function. Even so, it can be very difficult when our kids refuse to practice or argue to quit taking lessons. The competition is fierce with the internet, video games, sports, and even school work. As a teacher, I encourage parents to push through and continue through those phases (which is exactly what they are) in setting non-negotiable standards for their children. I do, however, recognize the need to maybe switch to another instrument or introduce new musical genres into the students repertoire. Music teachers and parents can work together as these different stages of growth arise for the young musician.

    There are always ways to keep it fresh!

     

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    A Majority of Americans Have Received Music Education

    Arts organizations and music educators — including us —  have lauded the benefits of music education for several years.

    It appears that people are listening, according to a survey published by The Harris Poll last month, which revealed that this country is filled musical minds.

    Three-quarters of Americans 18 years old or older reported that they have received music education when they were young. The education ranged from singing in the school choir to joining a garage band to taking private lessons. A majority of people who studied music believe it had a positive impact in their lives – personal and professional — even if they have stopped practicing. A majority of people said that music was extremely or very important in imparting useful skills such as working toward a common goal and striving for individual excellence in a group setting.

    It’s also worthwhile to note that those who did not receive music education also believe in its transformative power. Both adults who did and did not study music agreed that the learning and habits of music equipped people to become better team players (71 percent), provided a disciplined approach to solving problems (67 percent) and prepared people to manage the tasks of their job more successfully (66 percent).

    The Harris Poll researchers wondered whether programs like “Glee” have spurred an interest in music education. Glee and a slew of others shows including “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “The X Factor” showcase young talent and it could motivate others to pursue music. What do you think? We may never know the cause but we’re glad so many people already understand the benefits of music training.

    Whether you are 4 or 97, now is the perfect time to reap the benefits of music lessons. The Music Junction offers piano and voice lessons from its Burbank and Hollywood locations. Call today to learn more.

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