Monday, 20 July 2015

Why you should learn to play a musical instrument

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Being one of the most common pastimes and hobbies, being able to play a musical instrument offers a whole load of benefits.
Many believe people are born with musical talent and won’t be able to learn anything musical at all, but that is wrong.

Yes, it calls for your time and patience, but it’s worth it and is an overly satisfying talent to acquire.
If there’s one thing you must learn in your lifetime, it’s how to play an instrument and here are 5 reasons why:

It makes you smarter – Countless studies have been conducted on the effects music has on the human brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or are surrounded by those who play an instrument, achieve higher in school as opposed to those who do not. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child’s reading age, their IQ and the development of certain parts of their brain.
Adults can also benefit hugely from learning to play an instrument too. It helps the mind become more alert and increase in activity, which will eventually lead to a prolonged, sharpened memory.

It teaches discipline – As mentioned, leaning to play an instrument requires a lot of time and patience, and of course, effort.
Compare it with learning another language and the challenges that presents; they are similar, so naturally, a lot of discipline is possessed into a musician.
Being disciplined is the art of mastering to play the instrument you are learning. Times will have to be set for you to practice and limits; it’s a slow process but nonetheless rewarding.

It relieves stress – Have you ever listened to soft, soothing music when you’ve been stressed and it has automatically relaxed you?
Those relaxing notes emitted from music can be multiplied when a music instrument is played, especially when you’re the one behind the instrument. Music is one of life’s simple joys that helps calm the mind.

It gives you a sense of achievement – If you’re a beginner and it’s your first time ever attempting to learn to play an instrument, it can be ridiculously frustrating.
But once you’ve mastered it, even just one piece, the satisfaction that fills you is priceless. You never forget the first piece you’ve learnt and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.

It’s fun! – There’s a lot of fun to be had when trying something new, and there’s no doubt that learning to play an instrument is fun. The better you get at it and more experienced and familiar you become with the instrument and your abilities, opportunities will arise for you to share your talent with your family and friends. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of amazing possibilities and will most definitely enrich your life.
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Can music be used as therapy for autistic children?

It has been claimed that music has powers to heal the soul, but to what extent does ‘the power of music’ actually reach?

Music therapy has been tested on patients suffering from cancer, ADD and depression, concluding that it can actually be effective with helping people cope with their situation, mentally and physically.
There are some hospitals that do use music therapy as a way of assisting patients cope with their specific illnesses as research has confirmed that music does in fact calm the mind and help ease stress – it has even been found that a specific tone, not or pitch has a powerful effect on the body which helps improve emotional, physiological and psychological health.
Music therapy has also been applied to children suffering from autism.

As autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that affect children, its typical symptoms can include impaired communication and social interaction, repetitive behaviour, and limited interest.
The idea of music therapy helping autistic children should be done with the children kept in mind. Music that encourages dancing and singing works very well with helping autistic children with communication and developing social skills. There could be a possibility of an autistic child choosing to communicate through singing.
The reason behind children having such a great response is because children with autism usually refrain from social engagement and music sessions give them a way of expressing themselves.

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Monday, 26 January 2015


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From our fantastic, newly renovated studio complex in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, we offer professional tuition in Guitar, Drum kit, Bass, Piano/Keyboard, Recording Studio techniques and Vocals... along with Workshops, Seminars and Clinics by some of todays top performers and industry professionals. Our centrally located studio complex hosts a full band/Seminar/Lecture studio, a full production recording studio and 9 fully equipped teaching studios. So come along and relax in our lounge area with refreshments and free Wi-FI and prepare for your next step to stardom!

With some of the countries best musicians teaching for us, we guarantee you'll be playing along with your favourite songs, forming your own bands or passing your grades in no time. All lessons are fully graded and our syllabus works inline with the official examining boards such as Rockschool and Guildhall. Lessons are available seven days a week!!

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