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Top 5 Introductory Instruments for Children

admin December 13, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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By Jennifer Hughes knowyourinstrument.com

Learning to play a musical instrument benefits children in many ways, from supplementing brain development to improving social skills. If you want to get your child started on a music-filled path, the first big step is choosing the right instrument for them.

If your child has expressed interest in playing a particular instrument like the piano or acoustic guitar, you can let them try it out in a music store or a music school that offers trials to see if they will like it. If not, you can get your child started with instruments that are great for beginners. These introductory instruments are suited for children and are fantastic stepping-stones for moving on to other instruments in the future.

Piano or Keyboard
Playing the piano or keyboard gives children a good foundation for learning music. Different elements of music such as rhythm, harmony and melody come together in piano and offer learners a wealth of musical knowledge that they can use when they learn other instruments. For instance, playing the piano gives children a visual representation of music, allowing them to understand music theory better.

Another popular introductory instrument for children is the guitar because it’s easy to play and is more affordable and portable than a piano. Many teachers recommend getting a nylon-string guitar for children because the strings are easier on the fingers. Electric guitars for children are also a good choice because they don’t require as much strength to play as steel-string acoustic guitars.

The compact-sized ukulele remains to be a popular instrument for kids because of its small size and ease of playing. It only has four strings too and it’s very easy to learn for people of all ages. You may want to pick it up yourself!

The recorder is one of the easiest woodwind instruments to learn, and many children learn to play it before moving on to instruments that use a similar fingering system, such as the flute or the clarinet. Recorders are extremely portable and affordable too.

Children as young as 3 years of age can start learning to play the violin because it also comes in small sizes. Kids with small hands would be able to handle the instrument easily and comfortably. Some children find it easier to learn to play the violin because it doesn’t have frets to think about, allowing them to focus on the sounds the instrument produces. Children learning to play this instrument learn the basics in pitch and tone along with coordination and musical phrasing.

Key Considerations
When choosing the right instrument for a child, it’s worthwhile to consider two important factors:
● Physical strength and compatibility – make sure the instrument is suited for the child’s body size and physical ability to make sure they are comfortable when playing.
● How the child likes the sound and how it’s produced – if the child likes how an instrument sounds and how the instrument is played to produce that sound, then it would be a good choice for a first instrument. However, if the child doesn’t like the sound or the way the sound is made (blowing, plucking, bowing, etc.) then they may not enjoy learning and may grow to resent the instrument.

To determine the instrument your child may like and would be a good fit, it would be a good idea to watch videos of people (kids especially) playing these instruments. Your child will then have a better idea of how an instrument sounds like and how it is played. Once he or she shows marked interest in a particular instrument, or tells you what their favorite is, then that would be the obvious choice.

Tips For Young Musicians on How to Prepare for a Recital Performance

admin January 4, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Performing at a recital can be great fun, but it can also be very stressful. Good preparation can help reduce your stress and make your recital performance more enjoyable for both you and your audience. Here are some tips to help you get ready for your big day. The “Milestones” are what you want to be able to do at that time. The “Goals” are what you want to start working on.
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Music and Genetics

admin November 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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This is the classic debate of nature versus nurture. Are our musical traits found in our DNA? We all know that music is universal and doesn’t take any requirement but only from the satisfaction of listening, enjoying, and understanding. A study from the University of Helsinki Department of Medical Genetics has shown that infants are naturally interested in music from their musical receptive skills in early ages. This only implies that infants process musical patterns just as quickly as adults. Read More

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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Benefits of Piano Lessons

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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

Music Is Common Sense

admin October 18, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Throughout history, music has played a significant role on one’s knowledge from birth to adulthood. You don’t need to be a musician or know how to read and understand music to know how music operates. With a large majority of the world playing or at minimum listening to music, one can say it is as common as reading a book or knowing how to swim. We all listen to music and have that general knowledge on how music affects our emotions. Science has proven that music affects mood. Just think about how you feel when you listen to your favorite song? How about a sad song? Or even songs about break-ups? If you can simply create a beat by tapping a pencil on your lap then you can learn the basics of music development. Read More

Basements and Barstools: North Fulton Music Scene is Diverse Mix of New and Old

admin July 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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When people think of a local music scene, they logically think of places like Nashville, Brooklyn, or south Atlanta as the kinds of places where “the scene” occurs. No doubt, these international hotspots for country, indie and hip-hop/R&B music are top destinations where artists and other industry types gravitate and collaborate. But there also is a surprisingly deep and diverse music scene right here in North Fulton county that has both connections to some of these bastions of song craft as well as roots right here in our familiar red clay. Read More