|Many studies have shown the personal benefits of playing a musical instrument. There are many studies on this subject. Playing a musical instrument provides one of the greatest challenges to both sides of the human brain. I am providing three great websites* a little further on this page about the benefits of playing a musical instrument. The first is Scientific American, the second is Alzheimer's Association and the third is from National Library of Medicine.
Music training Advantages
- Promotes neuroplasticity
- Improves cognitive abilities
- Promote healthy aging of the brain
- Beneficial for overall health
- Making music is a whole-brain workout.
By taking lessons people can avoid forming bad habits. Learning the correct
techniques can save a lot of lost time and the frustration of trying to learn on your own. The guitar is the one instrument that needs the right technique to play with any degree of accuracy. I spend a good amount of time in the early stages teaching the proper use of hands. I can only think of a very few students around (2), that did not need a lot of work in the proper use of their hands in all the years I have been teaching. This includes students with several years of lessons. If the student's hand use is not working efficiently they can't play without making mistakes and looking at their hands fairly often. Keeping constant time and playing with any degree of speed is another problem when proper technique is not used. The sound quality of the notes also suffer.
Students of violin and viola have problems when they don't use their hands efficiently. The left hand has similar problems as the guitar and the right hand problems are due to the bowing techniques that have not been perfected. Poor sound quality is a common problem for violin and viola students due to problems with both hands.
On the brass and woodwind instruments, the biggest problem is due to the students not breathing properly and not using the air flow effectively. Proper breathing and breath control is very important for a good sound and a contributing factor for your overall playing and control of the instrument.
As you properly practice your technique, the physical and mental parts used to activate what is needed to play correctly are developed and become more and more spontaneous. The necessary muscles will grow, new coordination skills and the thought processes will develop. The instrument will become closer to another extension of a persons body. This can develop to the point where a person and their instrument can become almost united as one . This does not happen over night and it will not happen without the proper techniques and enough practice. I am sure you have seen musicians who can play an instrument in such an unbelievable effortless way. They are playing with the same ease that the average person talks.
On guitar, the time I spend on technique actually helps the students play easier just about immediately over the way they would attempt to play in
Using music to motivate yourself or change your mood. Different people will
get this stimulation from different styles of music and different music within that style. This is an area where you can try and experiment. When you find the music that energizes you, or relaxes you, or makes you happy, keep it ready for when you need it. This is a very natural way to help yourself feel better.
I believe that the study of music promotes a sense of achievement, therapeutic value, and the development of self-discipline, concentration, creativity, self-confidence, imagination, coordination, tactical skills, and the ability to analyze and evaluate information. There are many medical studies that prove that studying a musical instrument improves a person's ability in mathematics, long and short term memory retention, scientific and other skills. As students progress to the point of being able to play with other musicians they will learn about the team work and conflict resolution skills required for success. This skill will always be a valuable asset and usable in a persons life in additional to music. The goal of Greg Madison Music Studio is to be one of the very best music learning facilities around. I will consistently provide a valuable education, as well as the motivation that will keep my students playing their instrument throughout their life time. I encourage them to listen, appreciate, and let music have a positive and calming effect on their lives.
Scientific America Website
Alzheimer's Association Website
National Library Of Medicine Website
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