Music has been around almost since the world began and humans intuitively gravitate to music when it comes to expressing emotion. But did you know that the benefits of music go far beyond expressing emotion? Particularly for young children, music lessons provide a myriad of physical, social and intellectual benefits as well.
Parents who provide music lessons for their young children are investing in the development of their children. Learning to play piano and read music improves math and science testing scores (University of Texas). This can be helpful all through life and particularly during the application process to universities.
Piano lessons promote coordination and patience in children. Gross and fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination are significantly increased through music lessons for young children. In a reputable study by Hochman, improvements in ability to solve mazes, copy patterns of color and draw geometric figures were seen in children who took music lessons.
Piano lessons are character building for children of all ages. Two great qualities built into a child studying music are patience and determination which will come in handy when life's challenges increase as the children mature into adults. Children also learn to relax to music as they learn to appreciate it in music lessons. This is a great coping skills for the whole lifespan.
Music for Young Children music lessons provide the added, and very important, benefit of socializing in the group class. This great advantage over traditional piano lessons motivates and encourages children in their learning of all aspects of music and increases the length of time they enjoy music lessons. Parents who choose the group classes with Music for Young Children are giving their children a great start in life!
By Ms. Elizabeth (https://www.myc.com/members/edettweiler/)
Contributed by Mrs. Chandrika de Almeida
I was researching for articles that would talk about benefits of listening and learning music. I came across this interesting article that was published in the Daily Mail in the UK written by Naomi Coleman. The article talks about how research has discovered that listening to music has a variety of health benefits. According to the writer, fresh research from Austria has found that listening to music can help patients with chronic back pain. As a person who suffers with back pains, this caught my attention and thought of sharing with the readers.
How it helps: Music works on the autonomic nervous system - the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function - and also the limbic system - the part of the brain that controls feelings and emotions. According to one piece of research, both these systems react sensitively to music.
When slow rhythms are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which helps us breathe more slowly, thus reducing muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back. And experts say that apart from physical tension, music also reduces psychological tension in our mind.
In other words when we feel pain, we become frightened, frustrated and angry which makes us tense up hundreds of muscles in our back. Listening to music on a regular basis helps our bodies relax physically and mentally, thus helping to relieve - and prevent - back pain.
Healing Through the Power of Music
Learning how to play the piano can also help others and serve the community.
Music therapy can help patients recover and soothe their emotions. Students can gain community service hours for their high school credits while serving the community at hospitals, elderly homes and community centres.
The following is taken from the site of Credit Valley Hospital, Music of Healing and Hope, Healing Through the Power of Music.
Ms. Helen Chu
Guidelines for performances:
The Steinway grand piano that resides in the hospital’s main lobby was donated by Mr. Grant Clarkson in honor of his late wife, Janet Elizabeth Clarkson so that Credit Valley’s patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers would continue to enjoy its music.
In an effort to continue our philosophy of “healing and hope”, Trillium Health Partners - Credit Valley Hospital is now providing music in the beautiful main atrium of the hospital Monday - Friday. The Music of Healing and Hope Program will feature accomplished volunteer musicians from our own hospital community and the Mississauga area.
We invite you, or any other musician who plays professionally or who has achieved a minimum grade nine level standing in music, to consider volunteering 45 minutes of time to perform for our patients, visitors and staff.
Do you play a musical instrument? In an effort to continue our legacy of “healing and hope”, music is provided in the lobbies at Credit Valley Hospital and Queensway Health Centre. Musicians are also required at the Mississauga site to play on patient units. We invite community musicians who play professionally or who have achieved a minimum grade nine level standing in music, to consider volunteering 45 minutes of time to perform for our patients, visitors and staff.
Performer must be 15 years of age or older with minimum grade 9 musical performance standard or provide recognition of standard of performance by a recognized performing arts organization. Hospital will review the application and approve or decline performance based on established criteria.
Performance will be limited to agreed upon lobby area. Individual performances in patient rooms or other areas of the hospital will not be permitted due to infection control issues.
For more information, please contact:
Diana Gawel, Volunteer Resources Administrative Assistant. (905)-813-4112 firstname.lastname@example.org
When you take time out of your day to focus on learning how to play piano, you’ll find that you have space to express yourself creatively in a way that you weren’t able to before. With a busy schedule and
fast-paced lifestyle, spending even a small amount of time on your creative voice will also give you the opportunity to relax and unwind from the stressors of daily life. You also may find that you are able
to reorient yourself with your daily goals. Everyone has a creative voice, but it’s up to you to find your own. Learning how to play piano is a great opportunity for creative expression in a world that doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on these goals.
The modern lifestyle is extremely fast-paced and based on material results, which is another reason why taking time for yourself, especially for music, gives you a chance to center yourself and consider what is truly important to you. Making practice part of your daily routine is not only the best way to learn piano fast, it’s also useful for self-expression and relaxation.
It’s true that advanced techniques like improvisation require a substantial amount of musical knowledge and technical mastery, but there’s also an element of self-expression involved.
Luckily, these skills all grow together over time and with practice: as you improve your skills, you’ll learn more and more about the music you’re playing and those who have written it. This will also help you
understand what genres of music move you and, eventually, what it is about them that makes you feel that way. Thus, the process of learning how to play piano is far from just technical—it also involves personal
growth and understanding.
Once you start learning how to play piano, you might find that this new creativity is easily applied to other aspects of your life. Creativity, of course, isn’t only related to music, but has outlets in every part of life. It can improve and change the way you see the world as well as your problem-solving abilities. All in all, there are a wide range of effects that learning how to play piano can have on you, and only so many of them can be communicated through words.
Music for Young Children curriculum teaches harmonization and composition to children at a young age. It opens up and enables young children to develop their creativity through making their own music.
Please feel free to contact any MYC teacher to get to know more about this wonderful program!
Ms. Helen Chu
Look at how music brings people together. Such joy it brings to people!
Thanks to Ms. Brenda for finding this and sharing this with us.
Here at Music For Young Children we start the students in group classes. The children attend classes with a parent in which they learn to play a keyboard instrument. We sing, play games, play rhythm ensembles, do sight reading and ear training activities. It’s a total music lesson and the children learn from each other. Each week they can see how others are progressing in their studies and can measure their own progress. When a child is one on one with the teacher, they don’t have that same advantage of seeing how the group is progressing. They can’t hear how a piece should sound, how quickly it needs to be played. When preparing for examinations, all students are placed in private lessons so the teacher can fine tune what the examiner is looking for. I find that the students who have come from group lessons are far superior to the students who take private lessons only. It isn’t too hard to fine tune students who already know their pieces and just have to correct a few notes and work on tempos and dynamics. Many private students just don’t have that model to follow as they are relying on themselves for everything. It becomes very discouraging, they feel they are the only ones experiencing the difficulties and they aren’t very successful. As a result, they drop out of lessons much earlier. There is something to be said for a student finding that a particular piece is challenging only to find out that a classmate is having the same struggles. They can learn together. “Two heads are better than one”.
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B.Ed., ARCT, ECE, MYCC
To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used:
Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things
Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my* *favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.*
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating
pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.
>>>>>>>>>>>>> > >>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>
Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.
From Ms. Brenda C.
(taken from TeachPiano Today)
“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education." – World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Musical instruction has numerous benefits to the development of children, a gift that is never too late to incorporate into adult life and learning. The Royal Conservatory of Music (2014) has conducted much research on the subject, determining that musical instruction helps to: improve memory IQ and focus, improve speech and reading ability, increased creativity, and heightened empathy and social awareness. If you are looking to give someone a unique gift for the upcoming holiday season, this music teacher would encourage you to give them a gift that is designed to improve so many areas of your loved one’s life, the gift of music lessons!
If you are thinking about gift giving outside the box this holiday season, then this article will outline some of the following ideas to help get you started:
• Music teacher options in the Mississauga area
• Reasons to connect with trained professionals
• Rental options for instruments to use at home
There is a wealth of experience of Music For Young Children (MYC) teachers in the Mississauga area. Please see the home page for the contact information and areas that are offered near you. Each teacher will set their own rate for lessons, with most in the range of $25-30 for each half hour private class or one hour group class.
Working with trained professionals: Committing to working with an experienced instructor, teacher, or mentor who is knowledgeable with your gift recipient’s particular instrument(s) of interest is the best way to pursue longer-term goals of musical education. This can be arranged in a set schedule with an end date in sight, or more flexible terms as needed. This person represents an accountability piece for keeping up the musician’s end of the bargain. A trained teacher or mentor will give homework (the beloved practicing or assignments) to complete in the interim between lessons, as well as helping to create a pathway to achieving musical goals. One of the main benefits of engaging in this type of relationship is that they can also represent a source of encouragement and re-direction when any roadblocks to success are encountered. They help find ways to overcome hurdles. Lessons can be booked individually, in blocks of 10, or for an entire season or school year, depending on the type of lesson you are interested in, or music program that is best for the gift recipient that you have in mind.
Rental options: If your gift recipient does not already have an instrument to work with at home, you might consider purchasing a gift card or rental coupon to present to that person for them to practice on at home in between lessons. Long and McQuade has an excellent rental program for short and longer-term rentals, with many kinds of instruments having options starting at $15/month. Remember to ask your sales associate about the school year rental program for longer-term rental options. Please consider making a small donation to the Music Therapy fundraising drive this holiday season at your point of sale. Any amount given will be met with a $5 rental coupon to be used on any new rental, as a thank you for your generosity.
I will end with a personal story, which I have written about previously, an awesome example of a music lessons gift giving success story (https://www.longmcquade. com/promo/LM-Magazine/GearIssue2017/GearIssue2017.pdf - pg. 90). I have been working with the company since 2006; originally as a full-time keyboard sales and rental associate. It was here where many years ago that I helped a particular customer purchase a piano for an adult friend of his. He also inquired if I knew any piano teachers in the area, as the birthday gift that he had in mind included a block of lessons. He was in luck, as I happen to be a piano teacher. At the conclusion of our lessons together, this friend informed me that the two of them were to be married! A couple of years later I was contacted by this customer who had read one of my articles in the Long and McQuade Gear Guides. They informed me that they were looking for a MYC teacher for their young child. I happen to specialize in early childhood education, and registered this family in one of my music classes and where they continued their musical journey with me. It is never too early or too late to give someone a unique gift that can last a lifetime.
by Ms. Michelle
The Music for Young Children Mississauga Teachers