Good afternoon and happy Wednesday! The response to our blog series for beginner vocalists got some lovely feedback, and for that, we are very grateful! A lot of the feedback, however, asked us to widen our audience. What about beginner instrumentalists? What about parents of beginners?

You asked and we’re answering: the Wednesday night blog series will hereafter be known as Beyond the Basics! Beyond the Basics will address some really exciting things about starting music lessons, and you’ll be getting tips from our teaching staff! It’s written for singers and instrumentalists, adult and children, students and teachers alike!

This evening, we’re going to talk about a huge question that you might have about beginner music lessons: why start them? Why have scores of people signed themselves or their children up for music lessons without the express intention of making a living off of it?

One answer that you hear pretty frequently from parents of beginners or from children who started an instrument in the beginning of high school is about SAT scores. Tests have proven time and time again that students that study music privately achieve higher SAT scores than their peers who do not study music privately. That is well known, and if you didn’t know it before, you do now! Tonight, we’re going to talk about some other reasons:

Higher GPA and SATs. Yes, we are still going to talk about academic performance. Are children who take music lessons scoring higher or SAT and IQ tests? Absolutely–but standardized testing is just the tip of the iceberg. IQ tests are sometimes far-and-away from the actual GPAs of students, but musicians’ GPAs AND SAT scores are higher than their non-musical peers. High SAT scores mean acceptance to a 4 year university, high GPA means acceptance to a 4 year university, but high SAT scores and high GPAs in tandem means scholarships.

Strengthened Overall Brain Function. Brain functions strengthen overall no matter the age–we discussed a significantly higher likelihood of participating and thriving in higher education for younger musicians, but what’s the adult equivalent of that? A myriad of things including success in multitasking, higher proficiency at learning new skills, retaining more brain function later into life, etc. This has become so clear to neurologists that music therapy is often prescribed to adults suffering from Alzheimer’s to help them retain and even regain memory and brain function.
Heightened Emotional Intelligence. Emotional intelligence helps people of all ages to be aware of, control, and express their emotions in the ways that are most beneficial for them and for the people around them. This leads to a healthy relationship with yourself, your family, your friends, your partners, your classmates or coworkers, and anyone else you regularly interact with.
Me-Time. The really special thing about taking music lessons is that no one requires it of you. You doctor probably isn’t telling you to practice your scales for 30 minutes a day, nor is your boss. Your kids’ teacher isn’t reminding you that all the students must learn a new piece of music by next Thursday or their grades will suffer, and their teams aren’t depending on their musical improvement for their big play to work. Simply put, music lessons are time that you put aside for you and only for you–and that’s something that everyone (adults and children alike) benefit greatly from. So called ‘me-time’ can help you relax, reset, and help everyone from children to adults face issues and conflicts in their day-to-day life in a better way then they would otherwise.
Thanks for reading! We’ll see you next week on Beyond the Basics where we’ll talk about four ways to make the most of your lesson time!


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