August 2017 Posts

Children Who Take Music Lessons Show Improved Memory

Young Children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.

~ Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University, 2006

Teens See Music Teachers As Role Models

Teens described their music teachers as encouraging, motivating and acting as both role models and friends that can be trusted for listening and giving advice.

~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Meet Taylor Roberts – Repair Department Office Assistant

Position: Repair Department Office Assistant

Start Date: June 2017

Training or Education: Saint Joseph’s College- Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

Where are you from originally: Indianapolis, IN

What instruments do you play: Clarinet, Saxophone, Ukulele

What groups do/did you play with: Indianapolis Symphonic Band

What do you enjoy most about working in the shop: I enjoy being able to help customers who want to give their student a rewarding experience through music. I also think that some of the repairs my coworkers do are amazing and it’s impressive how talented they are at their craft.

What is your most memorable musical experience: When I was at St. Joe our choir was invited to tour in Rome, Italy and sing at many different churches.  One of those included St. Peters Basilica where we sang for the Pope. My favorite band memory would be playing the Star Spangled Banner at ISSMA Marching Band State finals with a brass choir from St. Joe.

Arts Motivate Kids To Stay In School

Students indicate that arts participation motivates them to stay in school, and that the arts create a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and one in which it is safe to take risks.

~ (Source: Barry N., Taylor K., and K. Walls Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, AEP, 2002)

Music Teaches Perseverance

“When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn’t give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.”

~ Lisa Phillips, “The artistic edge: 7 skills children need to succeed in an increasingly right brain world,” ARTSblog, Americans for the Arts, 2013.