Music Education is a great for just about every student who joins and there are probably hundreds of reasons why they should join. This list focuses on the data of why music education participants have a higher chance at a successful life. Beyond the basic reasons of developing a strong work ethic and building life-long friends, there is evidence that even more benefits come from being a part of these groups. The multiple studies show that these students excel in many other areas in life.
Music Education helps Students Develop Better Memories
There have been studies done with evidence that music education helps with memory. It is to be expected that a musician would have better musical memory, but there are signs they may have better verbal memory as well.
For example, multiple studies have shown that musicians are better are recalling a list of words than those who aren’t musicians. In a study shared by Psychology Today (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/eyes-the-brain/201006/do-musicians-have-different-brains), students had to recall a set of 20 words. Then they had to recall a set of 40 words that randomly included the previous 20 words. They then had to identify which words were old and new. The students who had music education did better with this exercise than the students with no music experience.
We have had a great week in orchestra. The students are working very hard and making great progress.
We have had a great week in band and I know your student is looking forward to the Fall Break.
Here is a list of Web sites for various music organizations (Press Ctrl + Click to follow link on each organization).
International Clarinet Association
International Double Reed Society
International Horn Society
International Trombone Association
International Trumpet Guild
International Tuba Euphonium Association
National Flute Association
Percussive Arts Society
North American Saxophone Alliance
Violin Society of America
American Viola Society
International Society of Bassists
Learn your first basic scale for Alto Sax! This scale is awesome because you can use these notes to play a lot of fun songs. This scale has 5 notes: G, A, B, C, D.
If you need to learn any of these notes, click the links below!
G is one of our Beginner Notes on Alto Sax. It is also part of our Basic 5-note Scale! Watch the tutorials for the other notes in the 5-note scale, then you are ready to play your first scale!
How to Play A on Alto Sax - Beginner Tutorial
How to Play B on Alto Sax - Beginner Tutorial
How to Play C on Alto Sax - Beginner Tutorial
How to Play D on Alto Sax: Beginner Tutorial
This series of video lessons will provide students and instructors alike with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques for the most common percussion instruments. From instrument setup to maintenance to performance techniques, Vic Firth’s PERCUSSION 101 will cover the essential skills necessary for today’s all-around percussionist.
The curriculum for this series was compiled by members of Vic Firth’s Collegiate Educator Program which includes some of the most influential university instructors in the country. Presented by percussionist David Skidmore in a relaxed, approachable atmosphere, this series is sure to become the most widely referenced video guide for percussion education!
To learn the fundamentals for concert keyboard percussion maintenance and playing techniques, first take some time to watch the following videos.
Keyboard Percussion: Setup & Playing Position / Vic Firth Percussion 101
A discussion of general set up tips for all keyboard instruments, including moving around the instrument and feet positioning.
What is Expert Practice?It’s often assumed that world-class performers have a gift or talent the rest of us lack. Experts do share something that sets them apart, but it’s not just “natural ability”—it’s ability they developed through a special type of practice.
Expert Practice has three steps that maximize learning. First, a student and teacher identify a specific sub-skill that incrementally challenges the student. Second, the student practices that skill with full effort. Third, the teacher gives feedback.
By repeating this cycle, students will learn to replace “going through the motions” with the kind of purposeful effort that leads to true learning. Expert Practice can help students master a wide array of skills both inside and out of the classroom.
It’s often assumed that world-class performers have a gift or talent the rest of us lack. Experts do share something that sets them apart, but it’s not just “natural ability”—it’s ability they developed through a special type of practice. Watch the 1-minute video.
At its core, music theory helps students understand how a piece of music works. When learning music, students may find themselves wondering why a certain note was chosen or what those funny symbols in a piece of sheet music actually mean. Fortunately, music theory helps students answer these questions, and many more. An understanding of intervals, scales, and keys will help students see why notes are placed together, or why a sharp or a flat makes sense in a certain context. For students who want to play in an ensemble or band, music theory will show them where their part is in the group–making it easier for them to play with other musicians. Whether they’re casually jamming in a garage or playing in an official band or orchestra, understanding how written music works will make it easier for them to play in harmony with other musicians.
The music information and theory pages below will help you learn the names of notes, rhythms, instruments, terms and the names of famous musicians and composers. These pages may help you with some of the Music Quizzes and Games.
1. Seek out instruction: Find an experienced teacher who knows what you should be doing. A good teacher will help you understand the purpose of practicing and can teach you ways to make practicing easier and more productive.
2. Write out a schedule: A schedule helps you organize your time. Be sure to allow time to review the fundamentals because they are the foundation of all the complicated things that come later. If you are practicing basketball, for example, be sure to put time in your schedule to practice free throws.
3. Set goals: Like a schedule, goals help you organize your time and chart your progress. Goals also act as a challenge: something to strive for in a specific period of time. If a certain task turns out to be really difficult, relax your goals: practice doesnʼt have to be painful to achieve results.
4. Concentrate: You can do more in 10 minutes of focused practice than in an hour of sighing and moaning. This means no video games, no television, no radio, just sitting still and working. Start by concentrating for a few minutes at a time and work up to longer periods gradually. Concentrated effort takes practice too, especially for young people.
5. Relax and practice slowly: Take your time; donʼt rush through things. Whenever you set out to learn something new – practicing scales, multiplication tables, verb tenses in Spanish – you need to start slowly and build up speed.
6. Practice hard things longer: Donʼt be afraid of confronting your inadequacies; spend more time practicing what you canʼt do. Adjust your schedule to reflect your strengths and weaknesses. Donʼt spend too much time doing what comes easily. Successful practice means coming face to face with your shortcomings. Donʼt be discouraged; youʼll get it eventually.
7. Practice with expression: Every day you walk around making yourself into “you,” so do everything with the proper attitude. Put all of yourself into participating and try to do your best, no matter how insignificant the task may seem. Express your “style” through how you do what you do.
8. Learn from your mistakes: None of us are perfect, but donʼt be too hard on yourself. If you drop a touchdown pass, or strike out to end the game, itʼs not the end of the world. Pick yourself up, analyze what went wrong and keep going. Most people work in groups or as part of teams. If you focus on your contributions to the overall effort, your personal mistakes wonʼt seem so terrible.
9. Donʼt show off: Itʼs hard to resist showing off when you can do something well. In high school, I learned a breathing technique so I could play a continuous trumpet solo for 10 minutes without stopping for a breath. But my father told me, “Son, those who play for applause, thatʼs all they get.” When you get caught up in doing the tricky stuff, youʼre just cheating yourself and your audience.
10. Think for yourself: Your success or failure at anything ultimately depends on your ability to solve problems, so donʼt become a robot. Think about Dick Fosbury, who invented the Fosbury Flop for the high jump. Everyone used to run up to the bar and jump over it forwards. Then Fosbury came along and jumped over the bar backwards, because he could go higher that way. Thinking for yourself helps develop your powers of judgment. Sometimes you may judge wrong and pay the price; but when you judge right you reap the rewards.
11. Be optimistic: How you feel about the world expresses who you are. When you are optimistic, things are either wonderful or becoming wonderful. Optimism helps you get over your mistakes and go on to do better. It also gives you endurance because having a positive attitude makes you feel that something great is always about to happen.
12. Look for connections: No matter what you practice, youʼll find that practicing itself relates to everything else. It takes practice to learn a language, cook good meals or get along well with people. If you develop the discipline it takes to become good at something, that discipline will help you in whatever else you do. Itʼs important to understand that kind of connection. The more you discover the relationships between things that at first seem different, the larger your world becomes. In other words, the woodshed can open up a whole world of possibilities.