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Benefits of Music Education

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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 cultivates social skills

Group classes or joining the school band require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork, as children must collaborate to create a crescendo or an accelerando. If a child is playing his instrument too loudly or speeding up too quickly, he'll need to adjust. It's important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble, Regester says. 

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. 

It boosts self-esteem

Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept constructive criticism. During lessons, the child will have the opportunity to adjust, collaborate, have input and opinions and “conquer challenges” repeatedly. Turning “criticism” into a positive change, helps build self-confidence, Regester says. Recitals, group lessons and playing in a band offer the opportunity to perform in public (or at least in front of peers). Presenting yourself in public is often scary, but an important skill. Being able to conquer this fear and become more comfortable performing in public will also boost self-confidence.

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.

What to Consider When Selecting an Instrument

Ultimately, the instrument you and your child choose should depend on a number of factors. Here's a list of questions to consider before bringing home a new music maker:

  • - Is your child excited about the instrument? Does she like the way it sounds and feels?

  • - As a parent, do you like the sound enough to listen to your child practice it for hours at home?

  • - Is your child specifically interested in a particular music style? If so, factor that into your instrument choice, as some specifically cater to certain styles. 

  • Experts don't always agree on which instruments are best for kids to learn, but many music teachers do agree that it's hard to go wrong with the piano, percussion (like the drum or xylophone), recorder, guitar, or violin.

    By Angela Kwan

    From Parents magazine

2019 Spring Music Recital

Great performance Dylan!

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2019 Spring Music Recital

Super fun performance! Great job Erin! Thanks for participating.
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2019 Spring Music Recital

I believe you can not start something big alone. As they say “Team work makes the dream work” It has been twenty-three and a half years since I walked into Anthony Laurella's home. In the moment that we met, @AnthonyLaurella became my first student and thus became Elite Music Instruction’s first student.

A foundation is not only the beginning of a project, but a foundation is the element that the whole project will be built upon. I have learned that a foundation built with heart & integrity is always the strongest.

Wholeheartedly I was at Anthony’s home to share my knowledge of drums with Anthony. Likewise, Anthony was there with an incredible passion to learn the drums. Over the next 5 years Anthony would learn all he needed to know to build a strong foundation on which to build his knowledge of drums and drumming and I would build a strong foundation on which I would build my theory of teaching drums and music to others.

I have learned through teaching that in order to be a successful teacher you must first learn your art and then learn your student. This is the only way to successfully relay your knowledge to your students. Everyone is a unique individual and I feel everyone needs to be taught accordingly.

If you would like to know what Anthony has learned as a student you can simply watch the video below, but what you will see is only a morsel of what Anthony has learned. If you really want to know what Anthony has learned as a student of music you would need to get to know him as a person. Unfortunately most of you will never get to know Anthony, so here is a quick synopsis of who I have watched Anthony become.

Anthony was a kid that had to learn to live with his own adversities, as we all had to do. The big difference between Anthony and a lot of us is that Anthony never complained. Instead he always asked why? When he got an answer he would ask why again. And so it went. Month after month. Year after year, Anthony would always ask why and now Anthony is a compilation of knowledge and reasoning. He is a compassionate man that never gives up. Anthony is a dedicated husband, father, brother and son. He is dedicated to the success of his family business and the success of all his employees. He is the friend we are all better off for having in our lives. And if you ask any one of his students, Anthony is the best teacher they could ever ask for.

Anthony, because of what you taught me as my “student” I was able to create a proper music school. Built on nothing but heart and integrity. Without you Elite Music Instruction would have been impossible to build. I could not possibly be prouder of you.You have a sole that we all benefit from. For all of what you are I am forever grateful for you.

2019 Spring Music Recital

Excellent performance Jason! Congratulations! Thanks for participating.
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Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, 

2019 Spring Music Recital

Lily's voice is just incredible!! Amazing performance! Congratulations! Thank you for participating.
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Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

Wonderful performance Julia! Congratulations! Thanks for participating.
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Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

Excellent job Joshua!! Congratulations. Thanks for participating.
EliteMusicInstruction.com
Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

Another great performance by Valentina! Even after injuring her finger, Valentina wanted to perform. Great spirit Valentina! She never gives up!
EliteMusicInstruction.com
Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

What a trooper! Valentina insisted on performing even after injuring her finger. Incredible dedication! Wonderful job! Thank you very much for your participation.
EliteMusicInstruction.com
Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

Nicely done Hadi! Fantastic job. Thanks for participating.
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Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

This performance by Isabella was just beautiful! Great job! Thanks for participating.
EliteMusicInstruction.com
Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

Another amazing performance by Isabella!! Excellent job! Thank you very much for participating.
EliteMusicInstruction.com
Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando

2019 Spring Music Recital

2019 Spring Music Recital
Wonderful job Wade! Hard work pays off. Thanks for participating.
EliteMusicInstruction.com
Providing personalized music lessons since 1996. Reviewed as the best music school in Florida. Teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Flute, Cello Clarinet & more in areas in and around Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Southwest Ranches, Miami, Miramar, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Parkland, Boca Raton, Boynton, Delray, Pompano, Lighthouse Point, Orlando