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SMD Gives To The Community

On Sunday September 18th we performed at a benefit for a local recovery program called Help Not Handcuffs NJ Celebrates Recovery in Middletown. It was wonderful to be asked to donate our time and talent to a really worthy cause and a chance to have some fun performing our original music. There were interesting speakers, artists, Colton and I played a long set and Ross, one of our music and drama instructors did a terrific set of Magic! A great time was had by all and awareness and funds were raised. If you are involved in a cause or charity and could use our talents at an event please ask. 

 

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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

We Are Partnering With Applaud Our Kids!

...and we are absolutely thrilled. AOK is a foundation that provides arts education - music, drama, art, dance and more - to students in New Jersey who other wise would not be able to afford them. In addition, Applaud Our Kids does virtual open mic nights, recitals and provides students the opportunity to perform and share what they are learning.

AOK Logo Over the years our School has given back in the form of need base scholarships and by joining AOK we know we can help so many more families. If you know a family who is in need and has a child who is interested in the program please contact us or Applaud Our Kids for more information today.

 

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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