April 2018 Posts

Students Who Take Music Lessons Show Different Brain Development

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 View Music Teachers As Role Models And Friends

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

Erin Nichols – Staff Spotlight

Our staff spotlight for April is on Erin Nichols of the Indy Flute Shop. Erin is the manager of the Indy Flute Shop here at Paige’s and has been with us for just over 5 years now. She didn’t start out studying music, but that’s where she ended up and we’re so glad she did. Please take a few minutes to learn more about Erin by watching her interview below.

Arts Motivate Kids To Take Risks

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 Is Essential

“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.

D’Addario Alto Sax Rico Reserve Mouthpieces at Paige’s Music

We’re excited to announce that we’re now carrying D’addario’s line of Reserve mouthpieces for Alto Saxophone! The MJR-D145, MJR-D150, and MJR-D155 all feature an innovative oval chamber, producing an excellent response and full, dark tone character.

While D’addario beta tested the prototype models by shipping them to over 100 artists, teachers, and students, I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time on each one of them personally, and was very impressed by the results.

Participation In Music Ensembles Teaches Teamwork

“When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.”

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

Ensemble Music Helps Students Focus

“The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.”

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