We have some fun new things happening at the studio and wanted to give you quick run-down.
Music Changes Your Brain... For The Better!
Neuroscientists have published their findings that playing musical instruments increases the formation of neural connections in the brains of both children and adults. This comes as a result of auditory, visual, and kinesthetic stimulation. Added to this are the emotional and social pleasures experienced through music making in a group. What a gift music is!
MYC™ Sunrise Classes
Taught by Jean McEntire, for 2-3-year-old children coming this fall!
Introductory Suzuki violin class
Dennis McEntire will offer a six-week introductory Suzuki violin class for beginners ages 4-8 years and their caregivers.
Adult Recreational Music Club
For all adults. Special discounted rates for Senior Citizens (55+). This Club is designed for absolute beginners. If there is a demand for review and renewal (for those who knew how to play but have been out of practice for a LONG time), we can add another class.
The TDS Now Offers Spanish Tutoring!
Taught by Dennis McEntire, for students of all ages.
"Summer time and the livin' is easy,
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high."
Do you recognize those lyrics? They come from the Gershwins' musical, Porgy and Bess. I think I was in middle school when my parents gave me tickets to see it with them. I felt so mature getting dressed up, driving to the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and walking into the concert hall where I heard the most beautiful voices and music I had ever heard (with one exception). I was introduced to a world of "professional" artists and it was "live". All of a sudden music sounded very different. I probably heard these pieces several times over the television or radio, but there was something so different that night. I wasn't hearing music through electronics and small boxes. I was hearing it straight from their voice to my ear. I have such a wonderful memory of that special evening with my parents.
In high school, I attended a series of orchestra concerts at the Academy of Music by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Have you ever heard of him? I was too young and ignorant to realize it then, but I was watching a renowned conductor. The sounds that I heard coming from those instruments...!!!
I hope you are able to give your children a gift of hearing "live" music performed by "live" artists this summer.
Oh, the one exception to the beautiful voices that I mentioned above - that would be my mother's voice. It's still my favorite!
Here is a very helpful video by Roxanne McGahey on practicing. These pointers are useful for music practice, but they also transfer to school, sports, or other disciplines your children may be learning.
Sometimes it takes a lot of energy to get your child to sit at the piano and play, and even after they're sitting on the bench it can be difficult to have a productive and fun practice. If you've ever wondered if it was possible to have a happy practice session with your children, the answer is yes!
Roxanne McGahey is the Music for Young Children coordinator for Eastern USA who travelled from Canada last week to help us learn about helping our children during practice times. As a parent in MYC and also a teacher, I want to share some of the ideas Roxanne had for making practice habits happy. I was glad to be reminded of these things so that I can use them with my children.
The best way to motivate ourselves to be better in this area is to know the benefits of practicing an instrument in the first place. We know that discipline is learned, but practice is good for breaking things down, setting goals, developing independence, solving problems, and being prepared to perform several pieces for friends and family. In order for parents to help their child during practice time, we need to be able to "coach" them in these areas.
So what can we do to make practice happy?
My favorite point from Roxanne was about high achieving children. A high achieving child doesn't really need to work that hard in school and therefore might not develop techniques for studying properly and working hard at what they do, but music gives them an opportunity to learn a work ethic while practicing their instrument. This is true for all students. Music is a gift.
Hannah England designed this advertisement for us, to appear in the program for Oak Knoll middle school's performance of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." We can't wait to see the response this is going to bring!
What do you think? Comment below, or comment on our Facebook page.
What a wonderful evening we had listening to students from The TDS. My husband and I sat listening to pieces by Debussy and Vivaldi. It was an encouraging and uplifting evening as we watched students who sang or played the violin, piano, or flute. I had a surprise visitor in the audience, a former student of MYC and another surprise when I noticed a pianist and a flute player were former MYC students. Time passes too quickly. It might not seem like it to our students, but from the day they start music lessons to a point in time when they present their pieces to an audience many years later, there is so much progress that cannot be seen on a daily basis. It's like seeing a friend's child all grown after not seeing them for years.
The teachers are proud of our students and on the day before Thanksgiving we are thankful to each of them and their families for the dedication they make to learning an art that will stay with them for the rest of their lives in one form or another.
"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us." Martin Luther
Here's a great example of our families learning music together. During a summer lesson, little brother joined our duet to sing "Scarborough Fair". He is a new student in our MYC classes this year.
Lane is a long-time piano and MYC teacher at the TDS, and is also our official blogger! She is excited to share her experience about teaching music to children and helping parents learn techniques to assist their child in their learning.