Benefits of Music
Music makes you smarter
Music has a powerful influence on a child’s development and it comes with many incredible benefits! In addition to stimulating creativity and adding social enjoyment, scientific studies have connected music to making kids brighter in ways we’re just beginning to understand. While many schools are cutting music programs to spend more time on test preparation, science has found that musical training results in a better academic future.
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Students who practice for just 20 minutes a day will advance faster than those who practice for an hour twice a week. Your child should practice on a daily basis. Several short practice periods are usually more successful for younger students than one longer session. Beginners often start with 15 minutes of practice a day, gradually increasing to 30 minutes by the end of the year. More advanced students may practice one to three hours a day.
Make it fun! As a parent you will need to stay on top of your child and this might mean rewards and incentives for playing and practicing. Encourage the student to follow the teachers assignment, but do not discourage experimentation and improvisation. Additionally try to incorporate your child’s favorite songs into the lessons and you will end up telling them to take a break from practice!
It depends on the age and maturity of the student, the amount of practice time, and the level of family involvement and support. Students should progress through the books at a steady pace, always seeking a balance between being challenged and feeling comfortable. Some students may complete a level in three months, while others may take the entire school year.
Lessons range between 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the student and are held on the same day every week.
A few indicators to look out for is their attention span and eagerness to learn. Watch your kids for signs like constant humming or tapping with their fingers. These are early hints that show they are ready but if you really want to know then just ask your child. There is no “perfect age” to take music lessons but your child will need to show good conduct and be able to sit still while learning in a calm manner. Most students learn music around the age of 7 but best way to determine if your child is ready for the commitment is to take a trial lesson. Even though older students progress faster, starting early is the best way of getting ahead!
Students are not forced to perform. However, if they are prepared well in advance for a performance and rehearse until they feel confident, most students will conquer their performance fears. Encourage informal performances at home on a regular basis to prepare for more formal performances. Never force a student who is not adequately prepared to play. One bad performance experience can become a trauma that can stay with the student for years.
Accept the fact that most students don’t always like to practice, but realize that a child will never play an instrument well without regular practice. If your child is particularly resistant to practice on a certain day, substitute another music activity. If this continues over a long period of time, discuss the problem with the teacher. Many parents establish a reward system for effective practice.
Unfortunately, short fingernails are necessary to develop a good hand position and a fluid technique. Ask the teacher to further explain the importance of keeping the nails at a length that will promote good technical habits.
The success or failure of a student does not depend on a specific piece. However, if a student does not like a piece, it is often because it seems difficult in some way. Students often discover that “least-favorite” pieces later become “most-favorite” pieces after some quality practice. Ask the teacher if there is something the child does not understand about the piece. If the student continues to dislike the piece, sometimes the teacher can find a substitute piece that teaches the same concept.
Most students dislike counting aloud, but can learn to do so. It is an important phase in gaining independence for students to learn to count for themselves. Counting with a steady pulse is an important step before using a metronome and it is a critical key to helping students learn to play with expression.
If your child has not shown a specific interest in one area of music I would strongly recommend starting with the piano for several reasons. The piano is a great way to introduce music because that knowledge can be transferred to other instruments including voice. This will allow the student to focus on learning general musical concepts.
Simplified arrangements of classical themes are introduced from the beginning. As students progress they are introduced to original masterworks according to their skill level.
I teach in the comfort of your home. As a traveling teacher in South Florida I come to your home so that students can learn on their own instrument. I travel as far north as Palm Beach Gardens and as far south as Boca Raton. Other cites included but not limited to: Wellington, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Lakes, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Gulf Stream and Highland Beach.
Many parents fear that their child may end up hating music if they take lessons because of the bad experiences they hear about teachers that are mostly boring or strict. Although it is true that a bad teacher can negatively impact a student’s musical progress, remember that it is impossible for anyone to hate music. I myself went through the motions of a music instructor that taught poorly but that never made me hate music. In fact, the reason I teach today is because I feel that we need more teachers who are fun and encouraging! I believe positive education that includes laughter is the most effective which is why I use musical games and other methods to ensure the student has fun while learning.