Do online music lessons work?
Top 5 Benefits of Online Music Lessons
By Billy DiCrosta & Neil Fuentes
Although we have been teaching online music lessons for many years, due to our current health crisis, online learning is becoming that much more important! For many people, online learning is still a “very new thing” so it is important when taking online lessons that you are studying with an experienced online educator. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in person lessons and with today’s technology has become incredibly efficient .
Since online learning may still be new to many parents and students, we thought it would be beneficial for you to see all the amazing reasons to take online lessons. With nearly 10 years of online teaching experience, these are the “TOP 5 BENEFITS” we have come up with!
You can take online music lessons without ever leaving your home or from practically anywhere in the world. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet connection and your instrument. How easy is that??
2. ONLINE LESSONS SAVE YOU MONEY
Taking online lessons means you will be saving on gas and time. And we all know that “time is money”.
3. BAD WEATHER/UNDER THE WEATHER
Online lessons can occur, whatever the weather is or how you are feeling that day. There is no reason to risk driving to and from a lesson in inclement weather or spreading any germs when you aren't feeling well! Stay right where you are and hop online.
4. NO GEOGRAPHIC BARRIERS
Students are never forced to stop their music lessons for geographic reasons. So, whether you’re on the road, traveling or on vacation, you can continue to learn and progress without downtime. With not having to stop you won’t have to learn your material all over again
5. PRACTICING WITH THEIR LAST LESSON
Our online zoom lessons are video recorded. This great benefit allows the student to practice with their lessons when they are finished. Kids can watch a lesson, pause it if needed, rewatch it, rewind it, or start it over the next day. They are learning at their own pace and can go as slow or as fast as they want to.
The Times They Are a Changin....
The Top 5 Reasons YOUR CHILD Needs Music Lessons
Bob Dylan truly hit the nail on the head when he wrote “The Times They Are A Changin” in 1964!
As a whole, the world we live in is always changing. What we do for our children today can make a huge impact on their success for tomorrow. With the paradigm shift in today’s education system, there is a drive to always be one step ahead of the game. Parents just like you are finding it harder to keep up. It is harder to help your children at home with their school work and to get better grades, harder to help them deal with stress and anxiety, and just harder in general with the demands and expectations of them in today's world.
Here at NHAOPA we constantly here things like:
“ I can’t do their math, it’s not like ours was”
“ I can’t believe they are learning that already”
“ I don’t remember how to do that”
“ He/She is so shy”
“ He/She has behavioral issues”
“ He/She struggles making friends”
In today’s society, Google, Siri, Alexa, etc. have made it so simple to just ”ask and you shall receive”. Although technology can be helpful, in many ways it can also teach us to not think on our own and doesn’t encourage creativity. Getting your child to want to put the work in and not look for instant gratification is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to challenges facing parents today. Let’s not forget all the social media outlets can be both good and bad!
Any extra curricular activities like sports, dance, martial arts, scouts etc are amazing ways to keep your kid active, thinking, socializing etc. But there is something very special about music lessons. Music lessons exercise the mind in a way like no other extracurricular activity does.
That is why music lessons are one of the best ways parents can help their child with their education, emotional/behavioral issues, and their overall well-being. With that said these are the …
Top 5 Reasons YOUR CHILD Needs Music Lessons:
1. STUDYING MUSIC CAN INCREASE YOUR IQ
Extensive research done in this area has proved that children who learn to play a musical instrument do better in academics. Learning an instrument can dramatically enhance children's abstract reasoning skills.
PRETTY AWESOME, RIGHT? Well, what’s even more awesome is : playing a musical instrument is the only activity that neuroscientists have studied (including playing sports, reading and painting) that has this effect.
Playing an instrument requires counting notes and rhythms and can help your child’s math skills. Also, learning music theory includes many mathematical aspects. Studies have shown that students who play instruments or study the arts are often better in math and achieve higher grades in school than students who don’t. Students who are involved in making music in their teenage years score 100 points higher on the SATs.
According to a study published in the journal Psychology of Music, “Children exposed to a multi-year program of music involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers.” It’s not surprising to hear results like that because music involves constant reading and comprehension. When you see black and white notes on a page, you have to recognize what the note name is and translate it to a finger/slide position. At the same time, you also have to read what rhythms the notes are arranged in and force your tongue to produce the correct pattern
Dr. E. Glenn Schellenberg led a study to find out if students would have a greater IQ boost from taking music lessons for a longer period of time. The test groups were given music lessons for six full years instead of just one, and the researchers found that the lessons had a positive and cumulative benefit.
“The study involving the younger children found that each additional month of music lessons was accompanied by an increase in IQ of one-sixth of a point, such that six years of lessons was associated with an increase in IQ of 7.5 points, compared with children who did not have the same amount of musical instruction.” – C. Munsey
2. STUDYING MUSIC CAN IMPROVE SOCIAL SKILLS
When you become a musician or a vocalist, you become a part of something very important a “community”. In a digital age where electronics teach us to become introverted, kids find it more difficult to talk to others and express how they fee. Learning an instrument can help foster self- expression at it’s highest level, can improve social skills, and can help children learn how to relate to others.
Learning to play and instrument as a solo artist is definitely something that your child can enjoy, but getting together with others to create a unified sound has been proven to have extra benefits for your child.
Friendships and relationships are strengthened through common interests and artists typically find that their most meaningful (and longest lasting) relationships are found through those they meet through the sharing of their art form. Even today as I write this blog I find my longest lasting friendships are with the friends I made in my early years as a singer in high school.
Not all children are naturally outgoing or like to be the center of attention. Shyness in children can be tough to overcome and one of the best ways to deal with shyness is to approach it head-on, and music is a great way to combat it. Gaining a musical skill creates a sense of confidence, and this confidence can greatly impact your child’s interactions with others. Once the musical skills start growing, the next step is performance, although this can seem terrifying at first.
As music educators, we have found that consistent, low-pressure performance opportunities are key to overcoming these fears.
At NHAOPA we produce a minimum of six cabaret style shows per year giving our students the opportunity to perform on a consistent basis. This consistency helps to keep them motivated with constant short term goals that are achievable and allows our parents to see their child’s growth.
When you combine increasing musical skills and consistent performance in an encouraging environment, shyness usually diminishes and the student begins to blossom.These changes can positively impact a child for a lifetime.
3. STUDYING MUSIC CAN BUILD CONFIDENCE
Being able to play an instrument well doesn’t happen overnight. Polishing this ability involves a great deal of patience, time, passion, skill, discipline, and most importantly, practice. Although the training process can be quite complex for any individual, the reward in the end is like no other. Overcoming musical challenges that you thought you’d never quite master can give you a great sense of pride. When you first start learning how to play an instrument, it seems like just holding a note for a couple beats or hitting a high pitch is an amazing accomplishment. Many small successes will eventually breed long term, innate self-confidence. Completing a practiced piece and hearing the applause, children are filled with a sense of achievement and learn that even the most difficult tasks are possible. This prepares them for life by providing a sense of confidence that enables them to tackle any and all difficult tasks head-first.
4. STUDYING MUSIC CAN HELP ACCOMPLISH SHORT AND LONGTERM GOALS
Setting goals is crucial to making progress in anything that we pursue in life. Many times others set goals for us including our parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, government or peers. Goal-setting is an important part of day-to-day living, and it is the first step toward achieving a sense of accomplishment. Proficiency on an instrument is a long-term goal achieved over a period of many years. In order to accomplish this goal, the music teacher and student must set and accomplish short-term goals that will ultimately lead to long-term achievement. One of the greatest rewards of being a music teacher is to help young students become top-notch musicians and performers over the course of their elementary through high school years. Some students go on to pursue music as a career path and others go on to pursue other passions. Whatever their pursuits, taking music lessons will have taught them how to make progress towards their dreams.
5. STUDYING MUSIC CAN FOSTER SELF EXPRESSION AND CREATIVITY
Stuck in everyday routine lives, many of us lose touch with our creative side. Learning to play a musical instrument, especially when you reach advanced levels, can foster that lost creativity. The same is true for your children, since music education plays on your mental, emotional and cognitive abilities, the brain is stimulated to think out of the ordinary, which results in improved creativity. The world’s greatest leaders, innovators and inventors have something in common – creativity. Making music naturally elicits self-expression and creativity, and the ability for students to express themselves with confidence and creativity opens up incredible doors of opportunity. As you think about which extracurricular activities to choose for your kids, consider the true benefits of your investment. We all want our children to live life to the fullest and to experience great happiness as they follow their dreams. Sometimes, they need a little guidance from us. We invest in our kids' futures by giving them opportunities such as music lessons. Taking music lessons cultivates qualities that lead to lifetime success. Make learning a music instrument a priority in your home and encourage your kids every step of the way.
The list can truly go on. As a private music educator I have had the pleasure of seeing so many student’s lives transformed for the better because of music. At the end of the day that is what teaching is all about, making a difference in a child’s life!! If you want to see a difference in your child’s self confidence, behavior, and academic performance, you might want to consider music lessons.
PS. If you would like to see how music lessons can help all the difference for your child book your consultation today!
fight summer boredom!
The word “lesson” during the summer time can be a very scary thing for children and teens. Summer is the time when they have no homework, and they can finally pay attention to things like social media and video games. Summer can also be a great time to relax, go to the beach, and enjoy family vacations. Even suggesting lessons can definitely put a lot of stress on their precious time off. However, we have found summer music lessons can be one of those activities that awaken artistic interest in children and teens.
The 5 Top Reasons Summer is the PERFECT TIME TO START MUSIC LESSONS!
After collecting some information from our teachers and parents, we’ve reached these conclusions:
1. Students who take private music lessons during the summer in voice, piano, guitar and the like tend to advance faster. During this time, most kids have no homework, therefore, they can dedicate more time to learning an instrument.
2. Summer can be fun, but it can also be very boring; adding music lessons eases boredom. Spending time learning an instrument keeps kids working on something positive and staying out of trouble, especially when the parents are at work and they are home by themselves. When students start working on pieces that they can quickly show off to their friends and family, they get a great feeling of accomplishment!
3. Combining music lessons and free time is a great recipe for making friends. When kids attend music schools, they get to meet others with the same interests, creating new and long-lasting friendships. This applies to adults also!
4. Adults can also take advantage of music lessons. Maybe now, during the slower summer months, you might have the time to finally dedicate an hour or two a day to that instrument you have always wanted to play. If you can go through the challenging parts of learning an instrument during the summer, when it’s time to get back to work, lessons will be easier and less tedious.
5. Voice lessons aren’t just for singers! Professional speakers such as teachers, lawyers, doctors etc. are the worse vocal abusers! In professions such as these, your voice is your way of making a living! Learning simple vocal exercises, typically used for singers, can help keep your voice in good health for your profession. Taking lessons during your time off in the summer can truly help protect your career. When you are back to your busy work schedule and have to do things such as travel, lessons with one of our certified coaches are still available via Skype or FaceTime from anywhere in the world!
Neil Fuentes and