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Cell Phone problems? Piano is the solution!

Cell Phone problems? Piano is the solution!

It’s summer and your child is on their vacation, taking a pause from the rigorous school year. But instead of relaxing and playing there are alone most of the time, scrolling through their cell phone in their own room. We of course want them to spend their time doing something they enjoy, but we as parents also want to help guide them and encourage them to do something worthwhile. How about letting them play by the guitar hanging on the wall or that untouched piano in the corner. Playing a musical instrument stimulates the brain and has many health-related benefits and  well-documented psychological effects. Playing music helps develop a person’s social ability. The ability to play an instrument has the power to attract a lot of people creating conversations and friends.

One of the effective ways to enhance the interest in playing the piano is to enroll your child in a music school. With the guidance of a music teacher, your child can begin this journey by taking up lessons in a fun, supportive, learning environment. Learning doesn’t only happen at school, we must also teach our children to continue practicing and learning no matter what they do. It’s also effective to do it at home, watch piano lessons through videos and practice playing by themselves. Allowing them to also learn them at their own pace, and to explore their own creativity, results in growing independence.

Intellectual and Physical Benefits

As a child spends time with his/her peers, they learn to interact thus developing a sense of cooperation and nuances of communication. Piano players are known for being efficient thinkers with higher than average memory and decision making skills. Piano study in particular increases your creativity and has shown significant improvement in a child’s intellect and academic performance.  Studies also reported that playing the piano improves reading comprehension and vocabulary. As anyone can notice, you must understand the notes in a musical piece and translate them to the keys while you play – the eye-hand coordination is impressive!

Mental and Emotional Benefits

Playing the piano promotes creativity that improves imagination which has been shown to reduce stress and depression which is becoming more common in teenagers. Learning to play the piano or any kind of instrument produces endorphins – and we need this hormone to fight the isolation and heaviness of the world around us. The happiness from playing the piano will never change. As your child grows older, both  will cherish this skillset. It can be a source of entertainment for a lifetime and they can then possibly pass on what they learned to their own family and future children. And it all started with you!

Get off the cell phone or the video games and learn an instrument at Cadenza today! Call to set up your first lesson now!

The Value of Music Memory in Piano Playing

The Value of Music Memory in Piano Playing

Musical memory is essential for musicians. Although some may see memorizing as not entirely ideal for other fields such as law, sales, teaching, or literary analysis (as it requires adaptability rather than rote memory) but music, however, requires both memory and adaptability to internalize a piece of music and to translate it to the audience. An effective musical memory is a secret formula for creating freedom of expression and the most direct connection to your audience. Printed notes are very important and sometimes essential, but not being memorized can immensely impact your focus and your credibility as a musician which then affects the attention of your audience as well.

Good musical memory can be seen as a natural gift. But those who were not fortunate enough to be given the gift just means they have to find the will-power to develop it. This begins in the early stages of learning how to play the piano. Each piano player follows a different path for developing their musical memory. These hints can help you as you learn.

Muscle Memory

Repetition during the learning process builds what some call muscle memory. This means that there emerges a situation where the movements of the fingers are associated with specific piano keys when playing a particular piece of music. The player does it by habit or muscle memory, and not by thinking about each finger and each key. Some call it being in the “flow” or “groove”. The mind just takes over.  

Aural Memory

It is also known as having a “good ear”. This is the ability to recognize different sounds and express them easily at the keyboard. Those musicians who self-taught usually have this gift. If you can become a trained musician as well as having a “good ear” you can become a phenomenal musician. Even if you are naturally gifted, hard work is still needed to be successful.  

Photographic Memory

This is the fastest way of memorizing, where the position of the hands and fingers are on the keyboard though simply memorizing the music. Some just need to see it once or twice!

Some are just cognitive benefits some people have, but there are things one can do to help memorization overall.

  • Concentration
  • Understanding of the musical piece
  • Frequent Repetition of playing the piano
  • A genuine interest in the composition and how it was created

Even professional pianists make mistakes. We need to learn the art of practicing and just trust to share the beauty of the music for its own sake. In fact, mistakes while still learning are part of the learning process. No one is perfect but practice makes you better!  Start that journey with Cadenza today!

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