Importance of Music Lessons for youth!

April 3, 2012

As I help my students prepare for the Kiwanis Festival and a student showcase, I am struck on how different my students are from the first day they walked into...

As I help my students prepare for the Kiwanis Festival and a student showcase, I am struck on how different my students are from the first day they walked into my studio.

Socrates (the Greek philosopher) told his students that music is so important for children and should be done before even language skills. Socrates taught that children young as three years old should learn musician skills so they can be a well-rounded person.  Often parents will put the sons in sports and their daughters in music create a division, drives me nuts – kids should be exposed to both and be able to make a decision on their own.  Recently, I was walking in my neighbourhood where I heard a teenage boy singing along to his ipod – he had a natural talent and so I caught his attention and asked him if he was involved with music as he had a natural talent – his answer, “omg that’s for girls!” so sad especially since he secretly liked singing. Music has no genre, no culture but is a rather an international language for all to enjoy.

Youth who take music are generally more confident and are more likely to succeed in life. Most of have seen statistics that  most surgeons play an instrument … for example recently in Australia, doctors are encourage do complete a degree in music as well as their medical degree. Doctors and music One of my mom’ s teachers –Miss Lander  once said her most successful student was a doctor who wasn’t a great pianist but played everyday after work.

 

But in a more personal level, I have seen my students grow from awkward youth to confident youth which carries into their daily life. Here is what one of my students, Jaedyn Hallier said when asked why she takes singing lessons, “I love to sing because as of my age I got bullied alot and I went through alot of tears but when I sing everything that everybody says just disappears” (check out Jaedyn when she singing @ The Wiremonk with Jenny Bara on May 5th) Many now have higher marks in school, are more active in their communities and just generally happier from music. Music is truly inspiring.

An evening with Jenny Bara

Music is truly a powerful force in our life that can help our youth become the generation they can be and deserve to be. I am truly blessed to be part of music.

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