In This Month’s Newsletter:
- Musicians Rock
- Welcome New Students
- SPECIAL INTEREST: Sponsoring
Sherly Carolina Zapata Borrell
- Is your teacher sold out?
- Student of the Month: Sophia Corioso
- Teacher Feature: Chris A.
- Refer A Friend And Get One Free Lesson
No classes -November 22 and 23rd
December 23rd- January 1st
Have you ever thought about the fact that some of the most successful people you know are also musicians? For instance, look at political figures. Condeleeza Rice wanted to be a concert pianist before she pursued a degree in international relations. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson played multiple instruments. Mahatma Ghandi reportedly played the concertina.
How about Jennifer Lopez or David Bowie? They all are successful musicians, who also are successful business entrepreneurs. On Celebrity Apprentice on NBC last year, 3 out of the top 4 finalists were musicians! That’s right, when country music star John Rich won the show, it resulted in back to back seasons during which the top prize went to a musician. Somehow, the skills that a musician develops are the same ones that people look for when hiring a CEO!
So what does playing an instrument do for you? Researchers have discovered that musical activity engages nearly every region of the brain that we know about. There is no other activity quite like it! It helps strengthen the pathways and circuits between the different parts of the brain. But it also fosters creativity. Creativity includes thinking outside the box, problem-solving, and being an innovator. These people go far in life because they are always creating new solutions!
And this brings up an important point: when your child is jamming out or experimenting with sounds on his instrument, he’s involved in valuable practice time because he’s developing his own creative side! Some of the time spent on the instrument should be unstructured, and include trying new things, experimenting, and making up their own music
My students love to create new additions to songs, compose their own pieces, and come up with original rhythm patterns. This training will serve them well as they continue in their lives. Have you been disturbed by the “art” funding cuts that have been made in the school system over the last years? I have watched in dismay as music programs are condensed or cut altogether. Budget restrictions mean that something has to change, but unfortunately, classes in music and art education are often considered “optional”. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Now this is a little scary to me, but other educators are seeing a difference in our kids today versus several years ago. For instance, dance instructors tell me that it now takes more work and time to try to teach the same concepts, unless the child has had extra music training outside of school.
Music trains your brain the same way exercise trains your body. It enables it to work better, faster, and more creatively, while engaging many areas of the brain all at the same time. Kids who study music achieve higher grades in school. One of our parents writes, “We have seen dramatic improvement the last few months and I know that the discipline involved with learning piano is helping him in school and other areas of his life.” (Elaine B.) So why is music education considered optional?
Musical training has been found to be far superior to computer instruction in that it dramatically enhances children’s abstract reasoning skills, the skills you need when learning math and science. It also increases spatial intelligence by helping with problem-solving skills. The musical brain generally has a longer attention span, and adapts better to new challenges. Another parent: “When my son started taking piano lessons, he was struggling to complete math speed drills in the given amount of time. I had heard that learning piano helps wire the brain in mathematical ways. After one year of piano, my son completes his speed drills with time left over, and his answers are still accurate.” (Trina K.)
….So I want to congratulate you on making a smart choice by investing in music lessons. Go ahead and play! Pick up a new song and challenge yourself. The fact that it’s relaxing and therapeutic is just an extra bonus. Keep on rockin’!
Courtesy of the Brill Academy of Music
Welcome New Students:
MISSED A LESSSON?
Sign up for one of our group classes that meet the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 11am.
Maximum of four students per class so call or email to get your spot reserved.
The class is a fun, upbeat approach to music which focuses on sight reading, group rhythm playing, performance experience and learning something new!
STUDENT OF THE MONTH:
- What instruments do you play? Piano
- How long have you taken lessons? For about a year.
- Who are your favorite musical artists? I listen to Voclaloid, a computer generated kind of Japanese pop
- What are your other hobbies besides music? I put lots of time into Anime and the Internet, surfing the web, etc…
- What’s the coolest thing you have learned in your music lessons in the past three months? Finally, learned to play an instrument! I’ve learned to play little tunes that I find here and there.
- Do you have any performances coming up? No, I am sorry to say. Though I might go into next semester play at my school.
Is your Teacher Sold Out?
Matt (Voice & Guitar)
Erica (Piano & Guitar)
Teacher Feature: CHRIS A.
1. What is the thing you like most about teaching?
The coolest moments in teaching are the little connections I get to make with students; when they’re really excited about a new song they’re learning or have just flawlessly played a part they were struggling with. Seeing that glint in their eyes when the puzzle of the guitar fretboard starts making more and more sense. That’s when both of you really get the most out of a lesson, when you’re learning and having a great time with it.
2. How do you inspire your students to practice more? From the very first day we talk about why they want to learn guitar, which is the most important question to ask. Everyone loves different music, and I try to get to the core of that. If they see themselves strumming along to their favorite songs and singing, or playing classical music they find beautiful, or jamming to classic rock, it’s my job to get them there. When you work on the things you really love doing, “practice” turns into a habit that you don’t want to quit.
3. What is your favorite type of music?
I listened to classic rock 24/7 when I was growing up, which has really affected my taste down the line. The Clash, Boston, Led Zeppelin – you listen to something enough and it just becomes a part of you. That’s the reason I picked up a guitar for the first time in middle school. I heard these incredibly meaningful sounds from these incredible musicians and just thought “I want to make those sounds,” and that was it. Lately I’ve also been ramping up my interest in classical music. The masters like Bach and Mozart achieved this perfection in their composing which is stunningly beautiful. You don’t want to change a single note.
4. Tell me about who you are performing with.
Last spring I got to play with the Santa Clara University Choir in the magnificent Mission Church. It was a gospel-style version of Creedence
Clearwater Revival’s “Down on the Corner,” and it was the most amazing place to play. Lately I’ve been busy with school, but I’m starting to
work on my Senior Recital which will take place at SCU in the spring.
5. If you could give a quick tip for guitarists what would it be? Focus on playing the music you love to hear and want to learn. If you can stay motivated, you’ll be amazed at how fast you progress.
Our school is sponsoring a child from Nicaragua Meet Sherly Carolina Zapata Borrell!
It’s Sherly’s Birthday this month! On November 22nd she will be turning 5 years old! I will be sending her a birthday gift at the end of the month.
If you have suggestions on what you think she would
like please let us know. Also, if you would like to send
birthdays cards or just write something special to her, I will
include it in the package. Please pass on any cards or letters
to your music teacher. At the compassion center where
Sherly attends, the staff will translate the letters for her and
read them to her.
Where is Nicaragua?
Nicaragua is located in Central America, south of
Mexico. Sherly lives in Managua, the capital
city. In 1972 a devastating earthquake destroyed
the city anda civil war that ended in 1979 took its
toll on the country’s economy. The country did
not have the money or infrastructure to rebuild
and fix all the damage. Many people that live
in this city are very poor and struggle daily for the
basic necessities that we have. Sponsoring Sherly
means that she will have access to healthy meals,
vaccines, educations support, and much more.
Refer a Friend and get ONE FREE Lesson!
If you have a friend who might like to take lessons, if you refer them to our School and they take 1 month of lessons, we’ll give you 1 lesson for FREE!
Free Lesson Gift Certificate
For referring ____________To Willow Glen Music School
To redeem your free lesson call 408.455.8043 to sign up for additional lessons any day of the week with your teacher or any of our teachers. You are welcome to try another instrument or give this to a friend. Lessons cannot be re-scheduled once on the school’s calendar. Certificates cannot be used for refunds to your account or cash.
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