Well, now the summer really is over. It is always a little sad but nice to get into a new routine. There is so much to juggle: sports, clubs, music… oh, and school. Why do we do it? Are we just making the motions?
I read an article that said if you are going to get the most out of music lessons, you have to engage. This is why I run my lessons the way that I do. I believe that you learn more if you are immersed in the learning. This means: understanding the theory, actively listening, enjoying the piece you are playing, considering the physical requirements, eg. How do I get my fingers to do this?
In the following TIME Magazine article, Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, says “I think parents should follow their intuitions with respect to keeping their children engaged. Find the kind of music they love, good teachers, an instrument they’ll like. Making music should be something that children enjoy and will want to keep doing for many years!”
Check out this brief article. I think you will like it.
And remember, Music Lasts a Lifetime.