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Benefits of Playing Piano

the benefits OF PLAYING PIANO

THE PHYSICAL AND mental benefits of playing music have long been recognized. The piano, in particular, has been an unparalleled outlet for those seeking escape, creative expression, and simply fun and joy. Recent years have only seen more evidence of the benefits of piano come to light, linking music making to a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy life.

IMPROVE THE BODY

Even though you’re sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, and offers different physical and physiological advantages to players of all ages. For instance, regular piano playing sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination in the young and developing. Additional research has shown that group keyboard lessons for adults and seniors have a significant effect on increased levels of Human Growth Hormone — which slows the adverse effects of aging. Bringing music into your life is also proven to reduce anxiety, heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications, and to lower blood pressure and increase immune response.

SHARPEN THE INTELLECT

Piano practice also boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities, which is to say it makes you smarter and activates similar parts of the brain used in spatial reasoning and math. Studying piano has also been shown to amazingly improve memory — particularly verbal memory — and build good habits like focus and perseverance, diligence and creativity. Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers. And childhood musicians are better equipped later in life to retain information from speeches and lectures. Playing piano has been shown to increase spatial-temporal ability, which figures heavily in math, science and engineering. Regular music practice at an early age can even make structural changes to the brain that stay with you for the rest of your life, making your brain more efficient both while playing and in extra-musical endeavors.

Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers.

CALM THE MIND

Studies show that time spent at the keyboard improves mental health: people who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Playing piano has also been shown to be a great source of stress relief, and provides ample opportunities to bolster self-esteem. It is also a widely used form of therapy for Attention Deficit Disorder.

LIFELONG HEALTH, HEALTHY LIFE

Playing the piano offers a plethora of health benefits that will supplement every part of your life. And that doesn’t even begin to consider the deep cultural network and historical tradition that you join as a piano player and owner. For two hundred years, the piano has been a staple of the home, bringing together families and friends and strengthening communities with the power of music: if you want open up this whole new world of expression to your child call us today and find out how we can help.

            

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Another year, another outstanding recital

School of Music and Drama 2016 Spring Music Recital

What an amazing performance we had this year at a wonderful new location for us, the Middletown Public Library. It just felt like one of those days where everything was lining up just right, from the beautiful room and terrifric baby grand piano in the library performance wing, to the wonderfully sunny day. As usual our three sessions featured students of all ages on all instruments, from five year old beginner pianists to accomplished singer songwriters, violinists, drummers, guitarists and more performing patriotic tunes, broadway show tunes, jazz, classical, rock and roll, movie scores and a number of great original pieces as well. Our students practice, improve compose and perform in a warm, friendly, no pressure environment at our school and in performance in a number of sessions throughout the recital day to ensure an enjoyable experience for the students as well as the audience. Click the link below to see a brief video of our students performing and we'll look forward to seeing you at our next student recital this December!

 

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Click Here To See And Hear Highlights From The 2016 Spring Music Recital

Our Newest Program - Music Together!

We are so happy to offer the Award Winning Early Music Program Music Together starting this Summer!

Are you looking for the best Mom and Me music program? MT PIc Me and Drums

A Music Together® Class is...

  • A community of children and their families and teachers sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in relaxed, playful settings.

  • Music learned through developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the unique learning styles of babies and young children.

  • Children participating at their own levels in mixed-age family-style classes.

  • Parents and caregivers contributing to the enrichment of their child’s music environment—regardless of their own musical abilities.

  • 45 minutes of PURE FUN with your child each week!

Each semester includes:

  •  Weekly 45-minute classes teaching a new song collection every fall, winter and spring (summer classes are a mix of various collections).

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    "Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically" parent DVD for new families.

  • A professionally recorded CD and songbook for each semester.

  • Parent education to help adults understand and enhance their child's music development.

Music Learning Supports All Learning

You'll have so much fun wiggling, singing, and moving with your child that it will be easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Our research-based curriculum not only develops musical skills, it nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while also supporting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. 

 

Click the register links below to register online for Fall classes! The schedule is as follows:

Mixed Ages (birth - 5 yrs.) Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Sep 13, 2016 Nov 15, 2016 Amanda Register
Babies Class (0-8 months) Tuesday 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Sep 13, 2016 Nov 15, 2016 Amanda Register
Mixed Ages (birth - 5 yrs.) Wednesday 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Sep 14, 2016 Nov 23, 2016 Jney Register
Mixed Ages (birth - 5 yrs.) Friday 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Sep 09, 2016 Nov 11, 2016 Jney Register
Mixed Ages (birth - 5 yrs.) Friday 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Sep 09, 2016 Nov 11, 2016 Jney  Register

 

 

Are you looking for a studio that has great results?

A few of our well known students including pop superstar Charlie Puth, Phoebe Ryan, award winning songwriter Shannon Corsi and singer songwriter Colton Kayser can all attest to the simple fact that sometimes they felt like they weren't improving and wanted to quit music. Thankfully for them, their parents and all of us they didn't! Please take a look at the following Path to Musical Success Chart and know that when your child starts studying music with us they are in the right place and will be learning from a caring, qualified, friendly University trained professional.

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Do you write songs and want to learn how to record and produce them?

Would you like a coach to help you take your music to the next level?

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Our newest program "Band Coach" is designed for young musicians looking to create and finish a song, produce and record it professionally and create a unique website and social media presence to promote the music. Our team includes a master musician, teacher, and recording engineer, an amazing web designer and social media director and an active and accomplished young singer songwriter with all the right connections on the local scene. Call 732-219-1850 today for a free consultation. Your creativity and inner RockStar are waiting to come out. Let's make it happen - together!

In related news...“You might’ve already written your biggest hit without realizing it yet.“That’s the lesson from the music career of Kashy Keegan, a London-born songwriter whose unexpected “overnight” success saw him outselling artists like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Here’s the story: Kashy worked hard for years trying to make his musical dreams come true. After countless rejections and much frustration with the business side of music, he gave up.And that’s when everything changed. Out of the blue, a popular Hong Kong TV network licensed a song that Kashy had written years before and which had gone largely ignored. When government censors denied that network a broadcast license, Kashy’s song became the unofficial anthem for a whole protest movement. Within 48 hours, he was performing in a distant country in front of thousands of fans he never knew he had. The song was then catapulted to #1 on the iTunes charts in the region, and he was quickly signed to the record deal he’d been striving for all those years before. “After 15 years of what felt like an uphill struggle, things just clicked and it was the right song at the right time that captured the spirit of the moment. It didn’t matter that I had written the song six years earlier or that it had sat there all that time with no one really listening to it. The whole experience has opened my mind again and taught me that life really can surprise you when you least expect it.” None of this would have happened if Kashy’s music wasn’t accessible online, worldwide. Since you never know who’ll discover your music (or how they prefer to listen to songs)it’s best to be EVERYWHERE, in every popular music platform around the world. The power of a song. Sometimes connecting with a large audience is all about the right song at the right time. Or as Kashy says: “A lot of the time people will write a song and want an instant reaction. It doesn’t always happen when we want it to, but once a song is recorded, there’s no saying how or when it might become the next big hit.”

 

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