Now Accepting Piano and Guitar Students for Summer at Mitchell’s Piano Gallery

Summer can be the best time to enroll yourself or your child in music lessons. After the hectic school year comes to a close, we need to engage ourselves with an activity that is fun, but also expands our horizons.

Why is enrolling in music lessons so important?

It’s very easy to be sucked into the vacuum of watching screens all day, whether it be video games, gluing ourselves to social media, or binge-watching a TV series. Granted, all of these activities are enjoyable; but they can all have a tendency to monopolize the time out of our days. Before we know it, it’s September 1 and we’re asking ourselves, “Where did Summer go, and what have I done with my time?”

We’ve all asked ourselves that question in some form or fashion. Well…that doesn’t have to happen. Learn to play piano! Learn to play guitar! Music is a healer of all things. It transforms us, inspires us, dissolves the stress in our daily routines, and enriches our lives peace, joy, and happiness.

Call or email us today! 

What better reason to start playing music today! Here at Mitchell’s Piano Gallery, we have highly trained instructors of piano guitar who are not only well-skilled, but very down-to-earth, encouraging, and make learning to play piano both a fun and rewarding experience. Call us today at (336) 768-6568, or email us mary@mitchellspianogallery.com for more information on piano and guitar lessons. 

6 Benefits of Music Lessons

Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.

By Angela Kwan

Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid’s schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you’re on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe she won’t be the next Beethoven, but she may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player. Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education.

It improves academic skills.

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child’s brain to help him better understand other areas of math, says Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA. As kids get older, they’ll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills, says Mary Larew, Suzuki violin teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut.

Musical instrument classes also introduce young children to basic physics. For instance, plucking the strings on a guitar or violin teaches children about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as drums and the vibraphone, give big kids the opportunity to explore these scientific principles.

It develops physical skills.

Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids, says Kristen Regester, Early Childhood Program Manager at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago. String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. “It’s like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time,” Regester says. Instruments not only help develop ambidexterity, but they can also encourage children to become comfortable in naturally uncomfortable positions. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing can prepare children for other hobbies, like dance and sports.

It refines discipline and patience.

Learning an instrument teaches children about delayed gratification. The violin, for example, has a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single sound, you must first learn how to hold the violin, how to hold the bow, and where to place your feet, Larew says. Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece. “Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention for even 10 minutes at a time,” Larew says. 

It boosts self-esteem.

Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence, Regester says. Group lessons, in particular, may help children understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement. “Presenting yourself in public is an important skill whether you become a professional musician or not,” Larew says. This skill is easily transferrable to public speaking, she adds. And, of course, once a child is advanced enough, she’ll possess musical skills that will help her stand out.

It introduces children to other cultures.

By learning about and playing a variety of instruments, kids can discover how music plays a critical role in other cultures. For instance, bongos and timbales may introduce children to African and Cuban styles of music. Although the modern-day violin has roots in Italy, learning to play it exposes children to classical music popularized by German and Austrian musicians. Versatile instruments, such as the violin and piano, can accompany a wide repertoire of styles, including classical and jazz (which originated in the American South). It’s important to familiarize children with other cultures at a young age because this fosters open-mindedness about worlds and traditions beyond the ones they know.