People have said "music makes you smarter" for years - plenty of studies have been done to see exactly what that means. We know it helps with basic logic, like "are these notes on the page moving up? Then we'll play higher notes". We've also seen that it helps people understand history a little more - we learn about different composers and how the time they lived in impacted their work. It can make arithmetic stick in our heads more....musicians are great at counting to at least 4! All jokes aside, though, music is a great hobby or career choice for many people and can help us to more easily understand the world around us.
More importantly, our studio thinks it's important for students to want to seek out information. We want to teach them how to learn, it's the number one main goal! One of the Rock Band classes recently took up a challenge to write at least 5 sentences about any musician of their choosing. They were so proud of their work when they came into class the next week! Everyone participated and we read all the pages out loud in class. They had researched online, chosen important information, and compiled it into one spot - Thomas even typed his page up! They received $1 in NMA Candy Shop money for their efforts along with a little bit of learning and the knowledge that they can complete tasks they think of as "grown-up".
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We finished up the last of the compliment cards from the 2019 Spring Showcase. Ms. Brittany might have teared up a few times while organizing them. There's just something about reading compliments - especially when they're to students you've seen learn and grow over the last semester or two (and sometimes over years!). All of our students did a wonderful job, and we all think it was the best recital season yet! Thanks for writing a card and inspiring future musicians!
There ended up being another 4' table worth of cards after this picture was taken and they were all laid out and alphabetized!
All dolled up and ready to go to their recipients!
How cute is this?!?! And we all agree, Ella N. It absolutely was rock. Way to blow that kid's mind with "Smells Like Teen Spirit"!
I can't post all of the cards or we'd be here all day - but I'd like to say that seeing the overwhelming amount of love poured out on our students is an awesome experience and it's something that should give everyone the warm and fuzzies and make you believe in the good of mankind!