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How Do Music Lessons Affect School?

Posted by Katie Gayle on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 08:11 AM

Music can have a drastic impact on many things including your mood, alertness, and even education! In the past, research has been done to analyze the effect that music can have on children as they learn.

Dr. Nina Kraus has done significant research on the effects music has on the brain, and how it may benefit children who are in school. “The team showed that exposure to music lessons physically stimulated the brain and changed it for the better. However, simply being exposed to music education doesn’t seem to be sufficient, you have to also be actively involved.”

We’ve compiled a list of the benefits that music lessons can have on a student’s performance in school or academic activities.

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Can Music Lessons Reduce Aggression?

Posted by Casey Thomas on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

In the article below, I found myself pondering the question, "Can music lessons really reduce aggressions in individuals?" 

Many of us enjoy reading or writing books, practicing and playing a given sport, or even mastering or inventing ideas you might have. In doing so, you are able to release the ability and the drive to move forward in life through the gift of creativity. This also releases the ability to change your feelings, your mood and your outlook on life and the individuals you intereact with.

This article moved me. Thought it best to share. It's kind of amazing how music drives us. This is just another way of looking at its power. Enjoy!

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Teaching Children Through the Power of Music

Posted by Casey Thomas on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

A new study has proven once and for all what many have suspected all along: Taking piano lessons can make kids smarter!

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Meet Hope. New Music Instructor Rockin' it at Our Watauga Location!

Posted by Samantha Thomas on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 03:21 PM

“I'm not a teacher, but an awakener.”

- Robert Frost


Our  Instructor Highlight Series continues, where we share some cool facts about our newest addition to our Creative Soul Instructors, along with some interesting  "Did you know that?!..." facts about the members you are already getting to know. Meet Hope Myers! New to our Keller/Watauga Team this fall, we welcome her to our Creative Soul Team! Teaching Guitar, Bass, Voice, & Piano Music Lessons, read more about Hope:
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What's the Right Age to Begin Music Lessons?

Posted by Samantha Thomas on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 01:14 PM


"We’ve all heard the stories of famed musical prodigies, from Mozart writing his first symphony at the age of eight to Stevie Wonder signing with Motown at 11. Even if your child isn’t performing with the New York Philharmonic or the Chicago Symphony by age 11 (like violinist Midori and Herbie Hancock, respectively), your family is undoubtedly exposed to talented children in the neighborhood. Whether it’s the church preschool choir or an elementary school band concert, it seems as if parents must immerse their children in music lessons from birth if they want them to succeed, and in a way, they’re right.

That being said, parents often hear complaints from other parents that influence them to postpone music lessons until their child is older, such as “My parents forced me to play an instrument when I was young. … I hated it then and still hate it now.” In order to avoid this negative attitude, parents opt to delay music lessons until their child is older and can choose their own instrument or make the decision that they even want to play an instrument. They too are right.

These statements may seem contradictory. In reality, the issue is how you define music lessons. To better understand this, it’s important to look at the underlying reasons a parent might want their child to take music lessons.

There is a growing (and convincing) body of research that indicates a “window of opportunity” from birth to age nine for developing a musical sensibility within children. During this time, the mental structures and mechanisms associated with processing and understanding music are in the prime stages of development, making it of utmost importance to expose children in this age range to music.

The important question then is not when to start lessons, but what is the goal of music lessons for young children? For instance, very young children are not exposed to instruments in order to master them, but to gain experience and learn to develop meaningful relationships with music at a young age. If this is your goal, then the “lessons” can and should start soon after birth and certainly within the child’s first year.

These “lessons” do not have to be—in fact, at first probably shouldn’t be—very formal. A parent can serve as guide by immersing the child in a musical environment. You should help your child focus on the music with simple movement activities such as musical games, swaying or dancing while holding the baby, or singing or playing an instrument for the child.

Once the child is around age three, it may be time for more formalized “lessons.” Again, the goal is not to learn to play an instrument but to further develop skills like identifying a beat in music, identifying melody, or identifying instruments. These parent-child lessons might be any number of preschool classes run by private individuals, universities, or community centers. To decide whether or not a class is suitable for your child, make sure your goals and expectations coincide with the teacher’s.

By age five, most children have built a foundation that has prepared them for formalized music lessons. Even now, the goal of the lessons is not to become a great performer on the instrument but to further the understanding of music. Piano and violin are the two most common instruments played at this age, but others have tried the recorder, guitar, or ukulele with success.

By age 10, the child will have a variety of skills associated with their instrument of choice. They’ll also have the physical strength to try a different, bigger instrument, such as a brass or large string instrument that requires a higher level of strength and stamina. Around this time, the goal of lessons appropriately transitions from gaining experience with music to improving performance ability.

In summary, there are three answers to the question, “What age should children begin music lessons?” Informal activities with music should start soon after birth, followed by more systematic classes around age three, and lessons with the goal of learning the instrument should start between six and nine. Keep in mind that these are only guidelines; exceptions will undoubtedly occur based on the child and/or teacher. Musical experience at an early age is extremely important in a child’s developmental process. Like riding a bike or learning a language, these skills can be learned later in life, but they will never be “natural” in the way that is so important for fluid musical performance."

 

At Creative Soul, we offer a variety of music programs for ages Infant through Adult. It's never to late to start! Check out our programs for:

 

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Even The Youngest Children Can Learn To Make Music

Posted by Anthony Miller on Wed, Mar 06, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

Creative Soul Music School is now offering some exciting new programs, even for those very young future musicians.  

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Seven Ways Every Child Can Benefit From Music Education

Posted by Anthony Miller on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

I do not think it is a surprise that all of us at Creative Soul believe in the importance of musical education. Carol Watson at National Nannies writes:

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New Technology for Music Education

Posted by Anthony Miller on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 08:31 PM

Music - for those who love it - is a life-long pursuit.  The landscape of the musical world is constantly changing, not only is sound and style, but also in the way we consume and distribute music.  As music teachers and instructors, the job sometimes becomes even more complex.

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Creative Soul: Instructor Spotlight - Josh Brown

Posted by Alyssa McCraw on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 01:15 PM

Check out the latest addition to our Instructor Spotlight video series, featuring the incredible Josh Brown!  Josh has previously toured with artists such as Switchfoot and teaches a multitude of instruments.

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What Can Jazz Music Lessons Teach Children?

Posted by Anthony Miller on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 01:16 PM

Everyone has their own musical prefrerence.  I discovered my love for music at eleven-years-old.  As I entered high school, I had a very narrow view of music.  Now in my thirties, I have found a new appreciation for all types of music, from rock to bluegrass to big band to hip hop and everything in between.  As my boys have grown to love music, I have done my best to expose them to all genres of music.  

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