December 2018 Posts

Children Who Study Musical Instruments Stay In School

Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

~ Arte Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Statistical-Benefits-Of-Music-In-Education. Accessed July 17, 2014.

Student Spotlight – Favorite Music Teacher

Nice. Helpful. Kind. Fun. Quirky. Passion for music.

Built up our confidence.

Believed. In. Us.

Music Teachers have always been our favorite people in the world. Let these students from past student spotlights tell you just a few of the reasons why. Notice the expressions on their faces as they talk about them.

Have you had a favorite music teacher? Give them a mention in the comments below!

Students In The Arts Are More Self Confident

A Columbia University study revealed that students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas.

~ Burton, J., Horowitz, R., Abeles, H. Champions of Change, Arts Education Partnership, 1999

Regina Eddington – Staff Spotlight

The staff spotlight for December is on Regina Eddington. Regina is a String Instrument Specialist in Encore and has been with us for a little over 2 years. Watch her interview below to learn how she made her way to Paige’s Music.

A Nation’s Most Precious Heritage

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”

~ Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts

Wesley Burris – Student Spotlight

During the summer of 2018 we visited the Symphonic Youth Orchestra to interview some of their students. We were curious to find out how music has influenced them throughout their school careers, as well as how it has prepared them for the future. Our next conversation is with Wesley Burris from Franklin Community High School. Please take a few minutes to get to know him and what musician he would like meet!

A big thank you to Shawn Goodman and the rest of the staff at the Symphonic Youth Orchestra. To learn more about the SYO please visit their website at https://www.syogi.org.

Music May Hold The Key

A study at the University of California at Irvine demonstrated that young kids who participated in music instruction showed dramatic enhancements in abstract reasoning skills. In fact, researchers have found neural firing patterns that suggest that music may hold the key to higher brain function.

~ Rauscher, Shaw, Levine, Ky and Wright, “Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship,” University of California, Irvine, 1994

Contest Season Is Coming Soon – Is Your Instrument Ready?

 

It’s not too late, but time is running out. Contest Season is almost here!

January through April is a really busy time of year for school music students. Many of the annual contests and festivals happen during this time of the year. These include:

  • Solo & Ensemble Contest
  • Jazz Band Festival
  • Junior/Middle School Organizational Festivals
  • High School Organizational Festivals

Your performance level and the success of your organization depend on a properly playing instrument. If your instrument has not been looked over by a technician in the last 6 months you may be overdue.

Send your instrument in for proper maintenance to help avoid small problems from turning into something larger at an inappropriate time. It could help you get to the next level during the upcoming contest season.

If you’d like to send your instrument in for us to check, we have a step-by-step guide on how to do that right here.

As always, please give us a call if you have any questions.

1-800-382-1099