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Music and learning

music and intelligence

Scientific research shows a distinct connection between music and learning. Learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step offers an integration of body and mind that only music provides, a multi-sensory process that enhances learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math.

Music study also improves spatial-temporal reasoning (see the M.I.N.D. Institute research), a neurological process needed to understand mathematics. The best way to enhance your child studies with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout his developmental years. Do it in ways that are fun and entertaining and find how to share the experience that are positive and nurturing.

“The pause is as important as the note.” Truman Fisher

Adults are welcome

My adults bring a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to their lessons, and perhaps a few fears. I do my best to create a positive environment and encourage a diverse selection of your favorite music.I suggest scheduling 15 minutes of practice, five days a week for my beginners and they sometimes seem surprised.

Some adults studied piano as a child and always regretted dropping lessons; some have never taken a musical instrument at all but have always wanted to. My oldest adult beginner to date was 82 years old (studied through age 89), and gave Christmas concerts to her family within a couple of years after she began lessons, buying a beautiful grand piano for her living room.

My adult musicians share their experiences with me about taking lessons later in life, the meaning it has to them, and the enjoyment they find in a satisfying creative outlet. They feel a strong sense of accomplishment that powerfully impacts their lives.

“Little and often makes a lot in time.”

How to improve my child’s practice?

piano recitalAsk your student to explain and demonstrate what is on the assignment sheet. Not to supervise or confirm that he is or is not doing it correctly, but just to become familiar with what is going on at our lessons.  This conversation is good for both of you, and helps you avoid the risk of being perceived as a second teacher.

If he can’t explain a practice procedure, or if you believe that he has misunderstood the practice instructions, give me a call or send an e-mail so we can discuss it at the next lessson. I try to focus on specific issues each week, rather than try to change everything all at once: he may find this discouraging.

For more tips about practicing with ease, go to Practice tips.

Piano music uplifts the spirit

Kids practice piano

“Music study is a child’s most important extra-curricular activity because it will help him in many areas of life. Piano training builds physical skills, develops mental focus, and uplifts the spirit at the same time; and no other activity integrates all three aspects of humanness.”

“There is nothing better than playing music to build wholesome, healthy human beings.”
Marvin Blickenstaff, pianist and pedagogue

Pianist: Béla Böszörményi–Nagy

keyboards and pianosI had the privilege to study as with Hungarian-born pianist who combined distinguished careers in both teaching and performing since his arrival in America. Born in 1912 in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary, one of his first teachers was István Thoman. At the Liszt Academy in Hungary, he studied piano with Imre Keeri­–Szanto and Ernö Dohnanyi, composition with Zoltan Kodaly, and chamber music with Leo Weiner.

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Music as a full-body experience

In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, music is a full-body experience, and helps the student to physically experience all rhythms and movements of music, so they are not just intellectually understood. Eurhythmics uses the body as the interpreter of musical rhythm.

He contends that “a child’s body possesses instinctively the essential element of rhythm, which is a sense of time.” The beats of the heart convey a clear sense of time, breathing offers a division of time, and thus measure, and walking a model of measure and division of time into equal parts. Thus, walking is a natural beginning to the child’s initiation into rhythm.

Music and motion

“Muscles were made for movement, and rhythm is movement. It is impossible to conceive a rhythm without thinking of a body in motion.” –Emile Jacques-Dalcroze

Click here to learn more about Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Music, by R.W. Emerson

Music, poetry by EmersonLet me go where’er I will, I hear a sky-born music still.
It sounds from all things old, It sounds from all things young;
From all that’s fair, from all that’s foul, Peals out a cheerful song.

It is not only in the rose, It is not only in the bird,
Not only where the rainbow glows, Nor in the song of woman heard,
But in the darkest, meanest things, There always, always something sings.

Tis not in the high stars alone, Nor in the cups of budding flowers,
Nor in the  redbreast’s mellow tone, Nor in the bow that smiles in showers,
But in the mud and scum of things, There always, always something sings.

MA piano lessons in Needham

City of Needham piano locations

I teach in the following geographic area: 02492

Please visit Piano lessons for essential information on piano study: Practice goals and musical preferences; Student recitals; Studio policies about tuition, scheduling and rescheduling; and Student referral benefits.

Interested in a free piano lesson? Note my student referral credits.

MA piano lessons in Auburndale

City of Auburndale piano locations

I teach in the following geographic area: 02466

Please visit Piano lessons for essential information on piano study: Practice goals and musical preferences; Student recitals; Studio policies about tuition, scheduling and rescheduling; and Student referral benefits.

Interested in a free piano lesson? Note my student referral credits.

MA piano lessons in Needham CLO

City of Needham piano locations

I teach in the following geographic area: 02492

Please visit Piano lessons for essential information on piano study: Practice goals and musical preferences; Student recitals; Studio policies about tuition, scheduling and rescheduling; and Student referral benefits.

Interested in a free piano lesson? Note my student referral credits.

Piano recital medley

Please enjoy some images from past recitals!

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Free! Steinway Metronome app

Steinway Metronome app

With many iPad, iPhone, and iPod metronome apps on the market, my favorite remains the Steinway Metronome. While other apps have elaborate bells and whistles, the Steinway Metronome keeps things simple with an accurate count and a clear, easy-to-read display. A flashing light lets you mute the sound if you prefer.

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New pianos for beginners?

abstractI recently read that as the founder of the Talent Education Movement, Suzuki did believe that a parent should always buy the best instrument that he can possibly afford, with the belief that a quality instrument impacts a student’s enjoyment of his musical study.

At his piano lesson, the student is taught to listen carefully to his music and play with a beautiful sound. This is much of what makes it a rewarding and highly valued life experience. If he goes home, and the instrument makes it difficult to achieve these goals, he can become frustrated and discouraged in his practice, and at future lessons.
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SBC Piano Studio featured on Web designer’s site

A piano studio introduces the musician, her teaching methods, and studio policies. Blog articles and external music links encompass an array of music topics keeping the visitor on the site and encouraging them to return. Blog articles and links are updated periodically (the term semi-static site describes this best).

Site statistics show that visitors spend the most time reading the short, but highly informative front page content and articles, which add credibility to the business and potentially increases client interest. Of course, piano lesson information and biography are also visited regularly.

I try to reflect the distinct needs of each business. Easy access to site key information and logical organization of key topics reflect the personality of your business. Using the WordPress CMS, I built and customized this site, adding a credit card payment feature that increased sales and simplifies the payment process.

To view the semi-static small business gallery, click image.

Piano studio Home page

Need help buying a piano?

Piano lessons for all ages!If you need assistance in making your piano purchase, I can meet you at the dealership and act as a liaison between you and the piano dealer. Contact me for further information about this.

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