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.