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Summertime Is A Great Time To Improve Your Music Muscles

admin June 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the summer months around Alpharetta, Milton, and Roswell, music lessons students might be tempted by the great Georgia weather and family vacation plans that take them outside of the North Fulton area to let their practice routines lapse and normal schedules get interrupted. This is especially true for young music students, who are often on vacation with their families between June and September. Many music teachers, too, move to a lighter or alternate lessons schedule in the summer while the bulk of their students are away or taking a break.
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Piano Lessons Make You Smarter!

admin April 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , ,
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There are numerous benefits to taking piano lessons, but recent studies have shown yet another benefit to learning the piano.
In a study conducted by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Schellenberg presents data that supports how the many aspects of playing the piano can contribute to boosting a person’s IQ. The study tested children’s IQs after nine weeks of piano lessons versus children who didn’t take any piano lessons. The results showed that the young students who took piano lessons increased their IQ by almost three points compared to those who didn’t take piano lessons. Read More

Matilda’s Cottage: An Artistic Backyard In Our Own Backyard

admin October 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Situated just south of downtown Alpharetta on Highway 9, Matilda’s Cottage is a happy jumble of color and “rural chic” charm. The gallery was originally established in the late 1990’s by MJ and Mark Potter as a collaborative retail space of art, antiques, and funky junk shared by local entrepeneurs who rented rooms in the house. Over time it has become more of a pure art gallery, though hardly a traditional one. The converted first floor of the cottage houses a joyous cacophony of impressive creativity, with paintings, iron sculptures, hammered metal installations and other pieces spilling merrily from one room to the next.
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Is a Good Voice Something You Are Born With?

admin July 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Natural talent cannot be ignored. Some of us are born with an innate sense of rhythm or a naturally excellent voice. Others of us are born without this. Either way, voice lessons can help improve the students’ singing, no matter what category they fall into. Even singers with a natural voice benefit from taking voice lessons. Read More

Music Lessons and Brain Activity

admin May 15, 2015 Tags: , , ,
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It has been known that music can be good for your brain. But not many people understand why.
Stanford University conducted an experiment, comparing brain functions of musicians and non-musicians when given auditory tasks. Musicians made up one group and non-musicians made up the second group. Musicians were defined aspeople who took lessons or studied music through childhood into adulthood. Non-musicians were defined as people who either never took lessons or studied music, or had stopped taking music lessons before the age 7. They were given auditory tasks such as distinguishing between different tones or distinguishing between different syllables such as “da” and “ba.” Read More

Taking Guitar Lessons

admin April 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , ,
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As Mitch Hedberg once said, “I play the guitar. I taught myself how to play the guitar, which was a bad decision because I didn’t know how to play it, so I was a [bad] teacher. I would never have went to me.”
The guitar is an instrument that many people feel they can teach themselves to play. While that may be true, guitar lessons are the right way to go if you really want to master the guitar & you want to learn it quickly. Read More

Difference Between Singing Lessons and Voice Lessons, Voice Teacher vs Vocal Coach

admin March 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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There really isn’t a difference between singing lessons and voice lessons. It is simply semantics. Generally, the public is looking for singing lessons, as they want to learn how to sing. Voice teachers call singing lessons voice lessons or vocal lessons. This is because the voice is the instrument. Just as one would call lessons in piano piano lessons, piano is the instrument.
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Benefits of Piano Lessons

admin February 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , ,
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Piano lessons help children do better in their school lessons. Studies have shown that children who take music lessons (and piano lessons especially) make higher test scores. Piano students, in particular, score higher in math than children who don’t take piano lessons.
Dr. Frances Rauscher (a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh) and Gordon Shaw (a physicist at of the University of California at Irvine) tested preschoolers who received piano lessons. They discovered that these preschoolers scored 34% higher than others in tests measuring spatial-temporal reasoning, the brain function used to understand math, science & engineering. Read More