A look at four tools that I have come across in my attempt to help my piano students understand chords, key signatures and the Circle of Fifths better.
This week, I've taught "The Art of Practicing" at a few music group classes at my studio and my brother's. We have such a wide variety of learners. I promised the aural learners that I would find some music lesson podcasts for them. Here are some: Conklin Studios - Video Blog and podcasts The Piano Podcast - with Mario Ajero BBC's Music Workshop Podcasts e-learning Music Podcasts These are full of tips on how to practice as well as how parents can the music student in their family.
Happy listening and learning.
Historians have found that the further back into history we go, the more important music was to older civilizations. Ancient Greeks, for example, believed that music was the key to the cosmos. Pythagoras the famous mathematician, not only developed the theorem for right angles, but was lauded for his discovery of the ratios of intervals in music. Both were considered of equal importance. The benefits for studying music
haven’t changed much over the centuries. Numerous studies have shown that students who study music, achieve higher grades than their non-musical counterparts. Higher grades is just part of the equation. Here is just a synopsis of the benefits:
- time and project management skills
- analytical skills
- improved academic performance (between 34 – 80% higher), especially in math and the sciences
- high spatial-temporal abilities
- enhanced communication skills
- teamwork skills (ensemble work)
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