April 2016 Posts

Benefits Of Music Continue Throughout Life

Cognitive and neural benefits of musical experience continue throughout the lifespan, and counteract some of the negative effects of aging, such as memory and hearing difficulties in older adults
~ Parbery-Clark A, A.S., Kraus N. , Musical Experience and Hearing Loss: Perceptual, Cognitive and Neural Benefits., in Association for Research in Otolaryngology Symposium. 2014: San Diego, CA.

Springtime – Watch For Changes In Your Instrument

clarinet-tenon

Yes, spring is finally here and along with it changes in temperature and humidity, which can cause changes in your instrument. Mostly woodwinds and strings.

With woodwinds the actual wood bodies can swell causing keys to bind up and tenon joints to be too tight. (note: If the tenons are ever too tight no amount of cork grease will help. They must be re-fit in the shop) The pads on woodwinds can also swell and cause small leaks that affect the overall adjustments and performance of the instrument.

This goes for stringed instruments as well. The stresses of extreme cold have eased but we still deal with temperature and humidity swings that affect the wood and sound of our instruments. We still need to be diligent in our efforts to provide good care. Leaving an instrument in a car is never a good idea. The sun will heat the car interior rapidly, possibly loosening glue joints and causing imprints to the finish. Rosin will soften and adhere to tops and ribs. Be watchful for open seams and cracks, raising bridge heights can raise and loose bow hair due to added humidity.

These examples are more pronounced in summer, but now is a good time to be aware of possible problems. The technicians here in the Paige’s Music repair shop are uniquely qualified to help with these situations and are eager to help you in your musical endeavors.

Play well!

Most Americans Believe Music Contributes To Personal Fulfillment

Four out of five Americans (80%) believe their music education has contributed to their level of personal fulfillment.
~ July 2014 Harris Poll

Students Should Study Music To Succeed In College

The College Board identifies the arts as one of the six basic academic subject areas students should study in order to succeed in college.
~ Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, 1983 [still in use], The College Board, New York

More Benefits Of Music For Children

More benefits of music for children include learning cooperation, sharing, compromise, creativity, and concentration – skills that become invaluable as they enter school, face new challenges, and begin to form new friendships and develop social skills.
~ © 2015 Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization