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Emily has always had an affinity for music and could be found singing and performing for anyone who would listen as soon as she could walk. Seeing this, she was encouraged by her parents to take music lessons early in life. In 2010 Emily enrolled at the Gwinnett School of Music and is currently enrolled there in voice and guitar instruction with Tina Stephens and Wes Shepard. Now in her teens, she commands a maturity of musicianship and spirit that is surprising and unique. She is concerned with things that most people her age may not even be aware of and wants to use music as a vehicle to express her felling about them. She says “ I want to be an example for young girls and have my music speak to them about experiences relevant to their own lives”.
Music is fundamental to the human experience and a vital part of a well-rounded education. Getting your kids to love music is easy; it’s hardwired into them. Music lessons for kids will be the beginning of a life long love affair with music if you start them off properly. Your first step should be carefully choosing the right first instrument. Parents with younger children will have to take the reigns when making this important choice. For parents with teens, talk to your child and involve them in the buying process. If your kid loves her instrument it creates a feeling of ownership and accomplishment that encourages her to practice and learn.
A Common Mistake
Mary’s mother just enrolled her in music lessons for kids because she loves the guitar. The prices she finds at the mall music store seem high so she decides to look online for a bargain priced instrument. She may have just doomed Mary to failure with her music. Many first time instrument purchasers fall into the trap of thinking that buying a cheap string instrument is wise because their teen may decide she hates playing guitar. This logic is flawed because most cheap guitars are impossible to play. A student’s first instrument must be easy for them to play and learn on. People giving music lessons for kids cite poor quality, hard to play instruments as a primary reason kids quit trying to play.
It doesn’t have to be a Gibson
While many people have memories of being forced through countless music lessons as children, the response, later in life is almost always the same: "I’m so glad I learned to play an instrument." This nearly universal appreciation is because there are innumerable benefits to learning how to play an instrument. For those living in the Metro Atlanta Area, in particular, Gwinnett County, GA, there are plenty of options for your child to be involved in music. Gwinnett School of Music is a wonderful place to start, and has been churning out budding musicians for decades. Improve
One of the most prominent advantages to learning an instrument is the boost it offers in spatial reasoning. Music, while widely appreciated for its artistry, is deeply rooted in mathematics. It has been shown that those who thrive in music also tend to thrive in math-related areas. This is one major motivator for enrolling you or someone you know in music lessons. Developing that spatial part of your brain can produce a major payoff when it comes to calculus class. You will be thanking your music teacher later, when you find you can breeze through math homework.
Another benefit to enrolling in music, whether you are learning piano, guitar, vocal, drums, or any other instrument, is the ability to augment a résumé. With increasingly competitive standards to secure a job or get into a good school, learning an instrument can actually be an amazingly effective way to distinguish your self from the crowd. Learning to play an instrument gives you something unique and different to discuss in the various interviews of your life, and it proves you can set your mind to a goal and see it through to the end, even if the task is challenging. Let Gwinnett School of Music offer you this competitive edge.
Many people hear the words "music lessons" and they think of tedious repetition of scales, constant playing and replaying of the same boring old songs, and a painfully slow crawl toward proficiency as some vague goal to be sought.
But it doesn't have to be like that! Learning an instrument can be quite the opposite of tedious, in fact. Your violin or piano lessons may well be the best life lessons you'll ever have.
Music instruction done right is about more than simply studying notes, chords, fingers, scales, etc. They are about more than the mechanics, they are also about the science and the emotion behind music, about the poetry of lyrics and the power of thundering bass or touching melody. Learning about music is not about sheets of arrangements, it is learning about why we are the way we are. After all, isn't music the universal language?
Learning to play an instrument, or even taking general music lessons, helps get your brain working in whole new ways, and this is true whether you study the bass, if you take voice lessons, or if you decide to focus on the drums! The same neurons that start to fire when you try to solve complex math or logic problems are stimulated by music lessons, music theory study, and performing. The same emotional regions of the brain that are active when you think about topics as varied as romance to struggles to joy can be excited by playing, singing -- by performing -- various pieces of music. Unlike any other activity, learning to better play and appreciate music helps us to better get in touch with our own minds and to reach out toward others. Playing music is all at once an intensely personal and an extremely communal activity.
Gwinnett's Most Talented at Eddie Owens at the Red Clay Theater. Gwinnett School of Music's student Annabel Rushing won in her division Singing Good Morning Heartache by Billie Holiday, Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles and Tough Lover by Christina Aguilera..She knocked it out of the park!!! GO ANNABEL...