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!

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.

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!

Many view unlocking the talent in their child much like opening a magical treasure chest. You simply open it and let the world see the many gifts your child has to offer. However, that doesn’t normally happen and the realization that it takes hard work and dedication is something that can be hard to realize – and not for the child! At a young age we start to establish our routines and hobbies.

We learn many new things, we grow, we fail, and we move on. Parents, on the other hand, sometimes forget that this is a journey. The parents sometimes forget learning to walk, using a spoon, a new phone, or learning multiplication tables. The quality of patience is sometimes lost.

Most children show aptitude for the arts. This is simply because the arts are part of what makes us human. We at Cadenza believe everyone has some talent – the trick is how hard they want to improve it. Children may start to write diaries with poems and song lyrics, compose songs, play any musical instrument they can get their hands on, role play and create wonderful performance fantasies.

They usually start to do such activities at home. Parents are the first who get to observe these performances and should be responsible in attending to what may be their children’s passion. The trick is to measure that excitement with reality. Yes, your child may be the next Mozart, but it will still be a long road and a lot of work!

A study reported that parents play a singularly important role in a child’s journey in developing their musical talent. Think of the great musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. He wouldn’t be able to explore his musical gift without the substantial support of his father who was also a musician.

Although it clearly runs in Johann and his sibling’s genes, the journey to music wouldn’t be possible without his father’s guidance. The same can be said of Mozart. There are, however, countless composers and performers that did not have musically experienced parents. You’re not required to be a musically inclined parent to attend to your child’s needs in developing his talent. You just need these 3 strategies to help your child unlock and nurture his/her musical gift. Become a practice partner. You have to be receptive and show interest. You can sit beside your child and listen any time of the day. Sometimes your presence is what motivates and encourages your child to effectively play the instrument. You can play the instrument along with them as they learn or just be their audience. Even sitting in the room reading a book, studying, or doing your own work (not on your phone) is a good measure of how seriously you take this.

Praise and Encourage. Give credit after your child has showcased their musical talent, no matter how beginning. When they are encouraged after they have done their best is very fulfilling (we still feel this way as adults). Showing appreciation even in the smallest efforts of our children encourages them to do better and better. You don’t always have to be critical and point out their mistakes – most likely, they know them already! They will get bored with lukewarm or unsubstantiated praise so be honest!

Be A Role Model. Showing your child that you appreciate music is extremely helpful. If you express to them in action that it’s important to you, music will also inspire them. Go to concerts of professionals, play music in the home, etc. This will help them actively listen and build a strong connection with you.

As you both share and celebrate music at home, this will substantially help your child to become more focused on unlocking his or her musical talent.

Incorporating the different tips above will help you become an effective, supportive, parent and would be significant in a child’s musical life. Since they spend most of their time at home it is important to understand that your support is, literally and figuratively, instrumental in getting them to grow! All that is left is studying with a fantastic teacher at Cadenza. Start your journey today!

Introduction

Singing is an invaluable skill and something most children love to learn about. Teaching children to sing while they are young can foster a lifelong interest and love of music. Singing lessons not only help your child “carry a tune” or help them prepare for an audition, but it also builds confidence and discipline which can help them in everyday life.
Singing is absolutely a technical skill so it is best to provide professional help in developing your child’s voice. Paired with a little bit of guidance, the warmups and techniques below are great reminders:

The basics: Posture, and relaxed and open breathing.
The first thing you have to do before starting any singing practice is to get your instrument, your body, in the proper position. Posture is important. Think of it like a flute – how good would it sound if it was bent? How good would a violin sound if the string was not at the proper tension. The body is the same way. A teacher will help with getting the proper posture, and help your child to relax. Breathing properly is the next step – proper body awareness, expanded rib cage, open throat, and more are all needed. There should no incorrect tension in the vocal mechanism.

Practice breathing
It is in the overall interest of children to practice proper breathing when singing. The teacher will demonstrate ome breathing exercise for them to understand how to regulate breath whenever they sing.

• Get them to breathe in through their nose and mouth (opening nasal cavity) that elicits
the “cold air in” concept. Then breath out “warm air”, all the while keeping the throat open
and out of the way for proper resonance.
• Encourage your child to begin directing air into their belly instead of their chest.
Encourage them to place their hands on their bellies and ask them to direct air to their
stomach, so it moves. The shoulders should never rise and fall. It is best to practice this lying
down, but you can do it sitting too!
• Get the children to count when they breathe. Let them inhale for the count of 4 and
exhale (perhaps on an “s”) for the count of 4 to 24.

Warm up using a range that is comfortable
Range extension is a natural occurrence from proper technique and practice. The trick is not to push it too soon. Warm up on something like “la” or “loo” with exercises given to you by the teacher is the best way to improve.

Demonstrate tone and pitch through singing
Exposure to singing and music helps a child’s ear and ability to match pitch. If you have a nice singing voice (and ven if you don’t) feel free to sing around your child! Not only have they always felt comforted by your voice, but you can also sing to demonstrate confidence. First, sing songs that you know they love. You can sing your child lullabies each night and sing throughout the day as well.

But, even if you are not a good singer, you can always play to the child songs done by those singers that you enjoy as well. You can ask the voice teacher for suggestions of people with amazing technique to support the proper vocal ideal when you are at home. We recommend popular singers like Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand, and Frank Sinatra. We also strongly recommend listening to classical singers like Luciano Pavarotti and
Fritz Wunderlich, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Bryn Terfel and Cecilia Bartoli.

Teach children about their Larynx
When you breathe in deeply, you just filled your lungs with air, and as you breathe out, the stored air travels back up across your windpipe (the trachea), which is your throat air passageway. The larynx is a box-shaped area located at the top of your windpipe. It is popularly called the voice box because it secures the part of the body that allows us to speak. In other words, the larynx is the foundation or source of your voice. Your larynx is that small bump that is on your throat’s front and is below your chin. The trick is to not focus on it too much, but also don’t ignore it so it gets too high and causes tension!

Your vocal cords
Inside of the larynx are two very thin, stretched out bands of muscles known as the vocal cords. Whenever you breathe in, these cords open to allow air passage through the larynx, going into the trachea and progressing down to the lungs. The vocal cords close when you breathe out and want to talk. The air from the lungs that are trying to pass over the closed vocal cords starts to vibrate, which create sound.

Just hum a bit of your best melody and touch your larynx. Are you feeling the vibration? Your vocal cords are like having a built-in instrument because just as you use your fingers to move the strings of your guitar to produce sound, so also you make your vocal cords to move to generate words.

Final thought
Cadenza Music Academy is fully committed to teaching and providing the best techniques in singing and piano for kids of all ages. We make it possible to bring the best experience in musical and singing opportunities into the lives of children. This will help you set them up for a lifetime of excellent brain functionality and incredible abilities that will last for the rest of their lives.

Sign up your child for music lessons at Cadenza Music Academy today!

 

Overall health along with intelligent practice is essential to improving singing. While singing may seem easy on the surface, it requires hard work and dedication. This article will discuss some tips that will assist beginners in becoming better singers.

1. Eat well before singing
If you plan to enjoy your singing practice session, make sure you consider the type and amount of food you eat. As is normal for overall health, start with the basic of eating healthy foods and drink plenty of water. Being too full or being hungry is not beneficial to energy or simply the
comfort and physical balance of the body. Some singers recommend staying away from foods that cause mucus build-up, meaning milk and such other dairy products, for example.
Absolutely singers should avoid alcohol and smoking. Both of those dry out the vocal mechanism resulting in higher risk of vocal damage.

2. Breathing properly
Breath control is integral to successful singing. Not only used a warm up and a necessity for efficient phonation (making a sound), proper breathing is great for overall health.

3. Range extension
Singers often think extending their range comes from “pushing” their voice. This only does damage and does nothing for extending the notes you can hit. The best practice is to sing through your assigned songs or your vocal exercises that emphasize technique (placement,
vowel modification, etc.) as you move higher or lower. The best practice is to just develop your mid-range and the outer notes will follow. You really should dedicate at least 30 minutes a day of dedicated practice.

4. Opening your mouth!
Many beginning singers don’t realize that by just opening your mouth more when you sing will allow more sound to come out! Beginning singers are so self-conscious that they hesitate to let their voice shine. While we don’t want to open too far, that causes unnecessary tension too!
“Two fingers” is about the distance between your teeth is all that is needed.

5. Keep your chin level with the floor.
Many people wrongly consider high notes as higher in your instrument and therefore “reach up” to them. This is wrong on every level. This usually shows itself with a raising of the chin and straining in the head and neck. This puts stress on the vocal folds, tongue, and all the musculature of the vocal system. Keep your chin parallel with the floor to allow for a more natural sound and much less tension in the sound.

6. Practice emoting
While this may seem silly, you need to practice being emotive during performances. Everyone can tell the difference when someone is singing from the heart compared to when someone is
just repeating the lyrics and melody. Sing in front of a mirror (better yet, even video yourself) to make sure the emotions in your heart are in your face and body. Imagine the audience in front of you and have eye-contact and practice being a performer.

7. Record your performance Recording your voice will allow you to know where you need to improve. Often the most painful part of becoming a better singer is listening to yourself! We are often our worst critic, so just do it, and listen with that critical ear. You will easily be able to tell what is working and what is not usually before everyone else other than your teacher. You can record your voice with your computer or an excellent Smartphone. Some online free recording software (Audacity, for example) also allows you to record your practice. While this may be the toughest one of our seven hints it usually provides the most growth so just do it!

Final thought
Practicing how to sing isn’t as difficult as you may think. However, you have to remember practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. Perfect practice makes a perfect performance. So, practice well and these steps are a great place to start. At Cadenza Music Academy we can help you achieve your vocal training goals. If you, a family member, or a friend
are searching for singing lessons, Cadenza Music Academy is the place to call.

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