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Music Lessons are Not Really About Music...

Music lessons provide invaluable skills that can help a student’s personal, social, and academic development. A student of music can foster and develop an appreciation for being creative, confident, and persistent in their efforts to improve upon a new ambition.

Humankind has always been interested in music, even when instruments were rare and rudimentary. Music is an essential part of life that unfailingly brings us joy and elevates our spirit. In a cultural and societal sense, music is ingrained in our everyday lives.

 

The Importance of Recitals

Giving an adult or child music student the opportunity to perform on stage every six months is extremely beneficial to the learning process.

These performances can play a big role in their self-confidence later in life when they will need to make presentations in front of a real audience.  It is a chance to take a moment and realize that your student is improving and learning in their lessons.   It can be a fun family event also.  At Golden Music, we take a pause out of our busy lives to enjoy the community and music!

Signs Your Child Is Ready For Lessons

A child often conveys readiness for music lessons with physical expression. This is often starts with banging on pots and pans, tapping on couches, pretending a briefcase is a piano or that a notebook is a keyboard. 

The next sign that your child is ready for lessons is usually through verbal expression. The child may tell you outright that they want to start playing an instrument or taking voice lessons. Once the physical and verbal interest is there, it’s up to you as a parent to get the ball rolling. 

The Importance of Music Education
(This is an excellent article by Debra S. Minyard, 2015 New Mexico State Teacher of the Year)

     When I first started teaching in 1998, I believed fervently that music education was as vital to each student's development as math, reading, science, English and history were, and I stand by that even more today. The constant drumbeat of "high-stakes testing..

Then we take students out of the classroom and we test them. And we test them again. And we test them yet again. We focus on aligning our lessons to the standards and to the test.

Can Astronauts Play Musical Instruments in Space?

Can astronauts play musical instruments in space? 

    Have any astronauts ever played any musical instruments in space in a spacecraft? Is it possible to play any instruments that you blow in in space or is it not possible because of zero gravity?

    Astronauts do indeed play musical instruments in space--according to one story I found, it is a popular Saturday pastime aboard the space station! Instruments should work just fine in zero gravity. The space-bound musician would only run into trouble if she tried to play outside of the shuttle or space station. Sounds waves need air to travel through, so even though the string of a violin would vibrate properly in the near-vacuum of space, it wouldn't produce any sound. Brass instruments would also fall silent: they produce sound because of air vibrating inside their metals bodies, so without air, there would be no sound!

    NASA has some neat pictures of astronauts playing their musical instruments here:

    A CHILD'S BRAIN DEVELOPS FASTER WITH EXPOSURE TO MUSIC EDUCATION

    A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.

    Need An Instrument - Not Much Time to Handle the Details?

    -I don’t have time to research instruments or find out what’s best.  I need this taken care of for me but I want to trust that my child is getting a good quality instrument and the things we need to give the best start to this endeavor...

    Rent-to-Own with Golden Music has these time saving features:

    1.   The best quality instrument - we take time to find the best instruments to offer.  For band instruments, we only carry Yamaha and Buffet.  For strings, we hand select our workshops and it always ends up being family teams that are trained in the art of building violins, violas, cellos and basses.

    Quality Musical Instruments and What They Can Give You!

    -A quality instrument costs more but it saves money in the long run and it will make you practice more because the sound and feel of holding it is more pleasurable.

    If you’re buying an instrument for a child, you can pick a cheap one but if you want a better sound and more of a chance for the child to want to practice everyday, you want something better. 

     Sound "quality" or "timbre" describes those characteristics of sound which allow the ear to distinguish sounds which have the same pitch and loudness.   While a cheap instruments is making the same "note" as the quality instruments, the timbre can be screechy, harsh, not pleasing. 

    Everlasting Gift of a Music Education - Is It Really Too Expensive?

    Invest Your Coffee Money Into Music for Your Kid...

     

      ...The intangible gain of your child learning to play an instrument comparable to the cost of buying one cup of coffee a week is a no brainer in favor of MUSIC!    Think about how much you spend on a cup of coffee out once a week, $6?  That is enough to give your family a lifetime of music and sound.

     Golden Music offers a rent-to-own program where you are able to rent-to-own (or just rent) a high-quality instrument for about just $30 a month for most instruments.  You will eventually own the instrument but are never required to keep it. 

    Music Education and Brain Development

    Music Education and Brain Development

    Over the past two decades, music training has been associated with better than average language and mathematical skills and higher IQ, while differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in brain areas related to hearing and movement, among others. What is the mechanism behind such differences? One important goal of our program is to understand the effects of music training on brain development, investigated in terms of psychological (emotional, cognitive, social) and actual neural functions.

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