A website which I read weekly, because of the insights into performance, practice, and learning in general is this one by Dr. Noa Kageyama. A violinist, and professor at Julliard in NYC, he applies sports psychology and training methods to how we learn and retain information. He also focuses on effective practicing strategies for musicians. Here is a recent blog which I wanted to share with my students, as our first recital of 2019 is approaching this weekend.
Have a great week!
The benefits of playing an instrument should be no surprise. I have cited several of them for years. It is nice to have confirmation of the great benefits:
* helps children learn better
* makes children learn faster
* children learn with greater long-lasting affects.
* involves whole brain: enhancing ALL learning
AND later in life, the benefits continue well into adulthood: staving off dementia and deafness, providing social involvement and purpose.
I personally experience the social, therapeutic, and satisfying effects of music in my life on a daily basis. My happy place is to be creating music, whether for my own enjoyment, performing solo work, or performing with an ensemble. I guess that's why I am so active in community bands, orchestras, and choirs!!
Here find a link to an article listing the wonderful side effects of being a musician!
Here is a piece written by Hugh A. Glauser at Kent State University School of Music.
Have a lovely week!
ps: see also the pdf from the Royal Conservatory of Music, if you want some really awesome studies on music education!
I am privileged today to help Music Director Kevin Bays with Solo and Ensemble at Vanguard Charter Academy! I have been coaching these 6-8th grade students for a couple weeks, and all the hard work has paid off! So proud of them and all the I and II ratings they earned!
I'll be continuing my support of this program with some more accompaniments this coming Wednesday for their 6th grade showcase concert.
I got to see some old music associates (who were adjudicating), and met some wonderful staff and parents at VCA as well.
This is the type of thing I absolutely LOVE doing!
Here the renowned Khatia Buniatshivili gives a wonderful example of control of accompaniment figures, watch how she keeps the underlying eighth notes supporting, not dominating. Note how closely she keeps the hand over the keyboard. Also,listen to the way the melody "sings" over the top, no matter which hand is playing it.