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The Benefits of Music Lessons

JennaSmithThere are many ways a person can benefit from studying music. The benefits are both mental and spiritual, and many research projects show there is a correlation between the study of music and better performance in academics. If every parent were aware of the evidence, he or she would find the best music teacher available for their children.

The Benefits to the Brain: Cognitive Development

Students in high quality music classes score high on standardized tests. Playing an instrument enhances the brain stem’s sensitivity to speech sounds. Experiencing music at a young age can “fine tune” the auditory system according to Nature Neuroscience, April 2007.

Among other benefits, music lessons will improve memory, teach patience, self-discipline and develop organizational skills and management of time.

Finding the Right Teacher

There are many good musicians who are not necessarily good teachers. On the other hand, there are many good teachers who are not necessarily the best musicians. Making a true connection with an instructor can be a huge, deciding factor. When you find your teacher, you will know it.

Since teachers are not equally skilled on all instruments, your teacher will possess a concept of music that he or she will easily convey to you. The teacher should be firm but not intimidating. You should feel challenged with each lesson and know what you are expected to accomplish during your practice sessions.

Any good instrumental teacher should be able to critique your playing ability to a certain level. After that, you should seek a professional player of your instrument specialty. Good teachers will tell you when you have reached the level at which they cannot help you.

Instruments of Choice

Different people have different traits that are suited for their personality and embrasures. Good teachers can help you select an instrument that is best suited for you.

In learning how to play the violin or any other string instrument, the musician develops a sensitive ear, due to the tuning of each string. You will also master the position of the fingers on the strings determine the pitch of the note. The tone is determined by the movement of the bow across the string.

Clearly the violinist must concentrate on sound, pitch and the notes on the page. This combination encourages cognitive development and improves the musician’s intelligence.

Conclusion

The benefits of learning to play a musical instrument are valuable life skills. One of life’s greatest pleasures is being taught the right instrument by the best teacher.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on December 10th, 2012 in Family, Health, New Directions | 0 comments

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