By Mindy Cabral, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, August 2014 issue
Summer is coming to an end, which means the start of another school year – just the right time start music lessons! Studies have shown how music can:
• stimulate brain development
• develop better problem solving skills
• enhance focus and concentration
• improve math and reasoning skills
• boost self-confidence
• promote cooperative social learning
…and much more. The benefits from learning music are remarkable. Last June, the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra congratulated 36 graduating seniors. 34 of the graduates will now be attending Major Universities and Ivy League schools across the country (and overseas to Oxford) to study in a vast variety of career fields with long, complicated titles. The other 2 graduates are going to Community College to study locally. All graduates are going to college! These numbers are incredible and not surprisingly, very common among music students.
But you’ve been hearing all this kind of stuff about music for years, right? Well, music can offer even more to those who study it. Music, in combination with the right mentor, can provide invaluable lessons that reach beyond the scope of learning to play an instrument. The instrument is the tool. Music can help teach essential life lessons in an inspirational and memorable way. These lessons help shape the lives of young people. They teach how to become better people, and how to prepare for the future and respond to real world situations. We can use music as a release to express how we feel, change our mood, be entertained, and focus as we think.
Contrary to what some may believe, music is an element so natural to being human, that we are literally born with an ability to produce it. The level of proficiency may vary, but the ability is there in all of us. If nurtured, explored, and used, your musical ability can be developed into something marvelous!
Give your child the opportunity to expand their mind, develop new skills, and have fun as they learn music! For more information on private music lessons and group music classes, contact the friendly staff at Little School of Music: 661-222-2239
Copyright 2014 Mindy Cabral