Studying music helps build confidence and self-esteem. It increases self-awareness, and provides students with a means of self-expression. Music inspires learning, creativity, and imagination. According to Schellenberg (2004), it is proven that music lessons enhance IQ and promote intellectual development.
Schellenberg, E. G. (2004). Music lessons enhance IQ.
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Not only can the development of memory, cognitive and motor skills be achieved through the study of music, but students can also learn and develop numerous different life skills including:
Music also exposes students to other cultures, and this can increase an individualistic appreciation for the arts. Ultimately, learning to sing or play an instrument is a great way to have fun, and relieve stress.
The most significant benefit of studying music at an early age is the positive effects it has on the brain. It has been well documented that the most important brain development takes place during the first six years of early childhood. Aural musical training of pitch and rhythm improves listening, memory, and concentration skills. Motor skills are also improved when children play instruments. Singing can improve speech development. Playing an instrument and or singing can be extremely comforting. According to the Mozart Effect, it is proven that early exposure to classical music improves mental and physical health (Rauscher, Shaw, & Ky, 1995).
Rauscher, F. H., Shaw, G. I., & Ky, K. N. (1995). Listening to Mozart enhances spatial-
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Studying music at a later stage in life can reduce stress, anxiety, blood pressure, and feelings of loneliness. It can also improve memory, mental processing, concentration, and reasoning skills. Through music, seniors can reap the rewards of these positive lasting mental and physical health benefits.
There are three main benefits of studying music at home:
We teach all ages, including adults, seniors, teens, and children as young as four years of age.
We offer lessons in rock, pop, folk, blues, classical, jazz, and heavy metal.
Yes we do. We teach basic song writing techniques such as texture, form, continuity, and development. Students learn to write numerous different chord progressions, themes, motives, riffs and licks. They also are taught how to compose and improvise using a wide variety of scale and scale forms, as well as diatonic, secondary, and quartal chords.
First and foremost, take the time to get involved. Your shown interest in your child’s music lessons can provide them with much needed encouragement, especially in the early stages of their musical development. Even if you have little or no knowledge of music you can still help your child achieve musical success by simply collaborating with your child’s music teacher, and following these helpful recommendations:
There is no exact age to begin music lessons. It all depends upon an individual’s interest, attention span, and their ability to communicate. Some children can begin their musical studies at an extremely young age. Programs such as the Orff approach, and the Kodály method were created specifically for toddlers and young children, and focus on singing, dancing, acting, and playing percussion instruments. At neighbour note we recommend starting music lessons at the age of four or five.
The great thing about music is you can spend an entire lifetime learning to play an instrument or sing; however, not everyone wants to become a life-long musician. The good news is you can still become quite adept at music in a fairly short time. Ultimately, musical progress depends on the level of commitment and the ability to know how to practice efficiently and effectively.
Yes! There are a minimum of four student recitals per year.
There is something to be said about starting lessons with an electric guitar. Many students only want to learn rock, and or heavy metal. Since the electric guitar tends to dominate these musical genres or styles, then in this case it makes perfect sense to begin lessons with an electric guitar. If a student is excited about an instrument they will be much more likely to practice, especially in the early stages of their musical development. Many students admire certain artists and want to emulate them. Buying an electric guitar that their favorite artist plays and or endorses will also spark their interest and keep them motivated long term. Electric guitars are physically the easiest guitars to play since they have lighter gauge strings, lower action height, and generally have thinner necks than any acoustic guitar.
This all depends upon which genre or style of music a student would like to learn. If you are unsure of what style or genre you would like to learn, or have eclectic musical tastes, then based on our experience as teachers we recommend starting with either an acoustic or hybrid classic guitar for the following reasons:
At Neighbour Note we recommend hybrid classic guitars for students four to six years of age. Hybrid classic guitars have lower tension strings made out of nylon and plastic, making them easier to play than steel string acoustics since they require less application of pressure to the fret-board. They also have a narrower neck than a standard classic guitar.
It all depends on the size of the instrument in relation to the age and size of the student, as well as its condition. An instrument should feel as comfortable as possible, especially when you are beginning your musical studies. Oversized instruments can be extremely awkward, cause frustration and even physical pain. It is also very important that the sound of the instrument is adequate. Some beginner instruments sound horrible and are nothing more than toys. Determinations as to whether or not an instrument is playable will be made by the student’s teacher upon inspection, prior to the first lesson. Neighbour Note will clean and fix older instruments to the best of our knowledge free of charge.
Neighbour Note helps students, parents/guardians, and relatives with their search for acquiring a musical instrument and this includes where to buy or rent, and what to look and listen for when making a purchase.
This can be tricky since not all guitar manufacturers are the same. A student’s age and size are probably the most important factors when choosing a guitar. In terms of guitar sizes, here are some general guidelines for both flat top acoustic and electric guitar bodies:
|Acoustic, Hybrid Classic, and Classic Guitars|
|4-6||3’3” to 3’9″||¼|
|5-8||3’10” to 4’5″||Half|
|8-11||4’6″ to 4’11”||¾|
|12 and up||5′ or taller||Full|
|4-6||3’3” to 3’9″||¼ Junior|
|5-8||3’10” to 4’5″||Half|
|8-11||4’6″ to 4’11”||¾ Mini|
|12 and up||5′ or taller||Full|
As for guitar shapes, here are some general dimensions of a few different styles to help give you an idea for comparison:
|Acoustic and Classic Flat Top Guitar Body Dimensions|
|Style||Depth||Upper Width||Lower Width|
|Concert||4 ¼”||10”||13 ½”|
|Grand Concert||4 1/8”||10 7/8”||14 5/16”|
|Auditorium||4 1/8”||11 1/4”||15”|
|Grand Auditorium||4 1/8”||11 11/16”||16”|
|Dreadnaught||4 7/8”||11 ½”||15|
|R.S. Dreadnaught||4 7/8”||11 ½”||16”|
|Jumbo||4 7/8”||over 11 11/16”||over 16”|
|Classic||over 4 1/8”||11”||14 ½”|
Electric guitars seem to have a little more variety in terms of style and shape. Here are just a few honorable mentions:
Check out guitar buying guides online from websites like Sweet Water, Essential Guitar, or Musician’s Friend.
Both guitars look very similar and this can be confusing for first time buyers. The biggest difference between a classic guitar (also known as classical, flamenco, or Spanish) and classic hybrid is neck size. The classic guitar has a smaller neck diameter than the hybrid classic.
Extra light gauge strings are thinner in diameter than any other string gauge. For this reason, they offer less resistance and therefore require less pressure than heavier gauge strings, making playing the guitar physically easier.