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Most of the musicians and employees at Raw Talent Guitar play guitar or an instrument of some sort, so we know how special the gift of music can be, and how it can enrich people’s lives whether they sing, play, dance, or just listen.
We’ve all felt something toward music or a song, or an artist. Even outside of song, “art,” is not defined by a painting on the wall or a sculpture, or song and dance could not be considered art in the first place; moreover, art is exactly as described: a feeling we get from another person’s creation or performance.
It is in this way that we chose these 11 Facts about music education, to help you to understand how learning to play an instrument is truly beneficial to anyone’s health and well-being, including those around the musician who becomes proficient.
As the musician constantly adjusts decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing and feeling, he/she trains the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once.
Playing an instrument is like driving stick shift. Your brain has to take in an excessive amount of information all at once and process it to produce sound. Some musicians probably explain how they are in a “zone” when they play and their brain takes over.
It become second nature to musicians to do many things at once, and more often than not musicians have their hands in many businesses.
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Approximately 90% of the brain’s motor control capabilities are devoted to the hands, mouth and throat. With this in mind, experts say that the fine dexterity involved with playing a violin can exercise the entire brain and stimulate general intelligence.
For most musicians, that’s exactly what happens. The right brain – the here and now, creative part of your brain – takes over and produces the creative energy necessary to play. But, it’s your left brain that process and calculates all the information needed to actually know what to do.
So, you could see how playing the guitar can help your brain grow stronger, because you become more accustomed to using your left and right brain equally and in unison. And you will become quick witted to boot. Maybe that’s really why musicians get the girls…
Musical training has been found to improve how the brain processes the spoken word. This finding could lead to improving the reading ability of children who have dyslexia and other reading problems.
And now you know why so many pregnant mothers listen to Bach and Beethoven. Also the reason why so many 3-year-olds learn to play guitar, piano, bass, drums – those child prodigies are out there, but think about what it could do for dyslexia if learning an instrument really helps your brain process language better.
After all, music is a language.
Students of lower socioeconomic status who took music lessons in grades 8-12 increased their math scores significantly as compared to non-music students. But, just as important, reading, history, geography and even social skills soared by 40%.
If you needed another reason to convince you to let your child play guitar. Here’s another one.
A Columbia U. study revealed that students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas.
This is true with sports, too. Something we have reported on before, and will report on in the future, most likely. And that is, arts AND sports both help a student or adult become more cooperative with teachers or bosses or coworkers or peers. Also, it provides you with so much self-confidence, sometimes we have to tell people around our office to stop standing on their desk and screaming, “I’m king of the world!”
In a study done by Social Science Quarterly in 2009, families with a higher socioeconomic status participate in music more than students with a lower economic status.
This one might be biased, because it could mean that only those that can afford instruments get to continually play them.
But this is precisely why Raw Talent Guitar supports the Fender Music Foundation, and also why we actively promote organizations like VH1′s Save The Music.
It is supremely important that more schools have music programs, and that less schools cut their music education curriculum.
Students at risk of not successfully completing their high school educations indicate that arts participation motivates them to stay in school, and that the arts create a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and one in which it is safe to take risks.
Students participating in music programs, whether at home, at school or with a private instructor, all have one thin in common: they’re doing something to keep them busy, something fun, and something that will help them become better people.
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With music in schools, students connect to each other better-greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.
Often times, music erases socioeconomic and racial boundaries. Why? Because when kids want to start a band, they don’t care how much money their band mates make and they certainly don’t care about the color of their band mates skin.
They just want to play music.
Ain’t it beautiful?
High school students who participate in band or orchestra report the lowest lifetime and current use of all drugs.
It’s pretty simple math, really. With all that practicing in band and orchestra, who has time for drugs and alcohol.
Get your kids started early with Raw Talent Guitar, and when they’re old enough to join the orchestra, we can promise you that learning to play a second instrument will probably be the most joyous occasion.
And then, when they grow up and they’re playing music in a bar, they won’t feel pressured to drink just because they’re playing music.
New forms of entertainment, from hip hop and rock & roll to film and video games, are being created as we speak and will continue to evolve. Experts say that over the next ten years, jobs in art, music, culture and entertainment will grow twice as many as jobs in engineering will. Those who’ve been educated in the arts will have a great advantage over those who have not.
Let’s be honest, our biggest export as a nation is still Hollywood movies and entertainment. Even video games are selling in the million and billions of dollars and they all need music.
Buy your kid a guitar and Raw Talent Guitar, and help him find a job in the future.
The skills gained through sequential music instruction, including discipline and the ability to analyze, solve problems, communicate and work cooperatively, are vital for success in the 21st century workplace.
This sums it up nicely. In order to keep your brain sharp enough to keep up with the world, and to find a solid job somewhere in the future, and to help you become a better peer – you should probably learn to play an instrument.
And of course, as far as we’re concerned, the guitar is the coolest instrument.