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Month: November 2015

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Encouraging Correct Posture In Young Musicians

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A failure to maintain the appropriate postural alignment in musical professionals can result in severe back problems and pain at a later stage. When the spine is not in the proper position, it will lead to inhibitions in performance capabilities and requires encouraging correct posture in your musicians. Alignment will minimize the development of chronic conditions that affect stability and the means to reach full playing potential.

correct posture when playing an instrument

According to Mark Davies, a chiropractor in Rayleigh, Essex, it is important to instill the correct postural awareness in children as they learn. “I see a number of musicians over the course of a year with elbow, shoulder and lower back problems due to poor postural alignment. When they show me how they actually play I can see where they are placing undue stress upon joints and muscles. They have played this way most of their lives, and over time they have aggravated that part of their body.

It would be better if they had learned to play in a manner that worked with their body, rather than against it. Bringing this awareness to children as they learn could save them difficulties later in life.

Many musicians are unaware of the impact that posture can have on the quality of playing including subtle changes in the delivery of tone and beat. Managing the appropriate ergonomics proves most beneficial for musical players as it protects against the development of chronic conditions that affect spinal stability and predispose one to repetitive stress injuries. Methods such as The Alexander Technique have beome popular as it is increasingly recognised thet changes in structure will negatively impact wellness and the ability to maintain a functional position to effectively play instruments. (more…)

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Month: November 2015

Choosing The Right Instrument For Your Child – Guitar

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Many new methods of development swirl around in the head of a parent who wants the best for their kids. A great way to encourage the types of developmental styles that work best is through music.

child with guitarOne of the biggest pitfalls that many parents fall into is that they seem to be more enthusiastic about this new venture than their children appear to be at first. It is important to keep the child’s best interests in mind at all times and not to force them into any new paths that they do not wish to travel down.

A lot of times an adult may wish that they had led different lives for themselves, and when they have children of their own, they try to live vicariously through them without any regard to how their kids feel about the issue. By getting your children involved in the selection and brainstorming process, you will be sure to avoid this at all costs.

Considering the amount of time that is available in your schedule and your kid’s schedule will help to lead you to the best decision. Some instruments take up a lot of time while others are easier to transition into without as much hassle. For instance, if a teenager wants to be cool and play the drums in a band, that is going to take a lot of commitment that they may not be prepared to maintain. Any simpler instruments, like guitars, is easier to set up and practice with than the drums and is still just as cool. Your child can focus on practice time and interaction with actually playing their music. (more…)

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Month: November 2015

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How Learning Music Helps Children’s Cognitive Development

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Cognitive development refers to the ongoing changes in the human brain that increase an individual’s ability to reason, think, and understand. The thought processes involved include memory, decision-making, and problem-solving. These changes in mental capacity continue through adulthood, but children develop cognitive skills rapidly as they learn to make sense of, and navigate their way through, the world around them. When you understand the basics of music instruction, it is easy to see how learning music helps children’s cognitive development.

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Scientific studies have shown that the brains of children who learn to play a musical instrument are learning to process new sounds. Being able to distinguish the difference between various sounds can boost reading skills. Improvements in literacy can ultimately translate into better grades at school.

According to a Northwestern University study, simple enrolling a child in music lessons does not ensure he or she will receive the full benefits of brain development. The child must actively participate in the lessons to experience enhanced neural processing. The results of the study revealed that the active manipulation and generation of sound stimulates changes in the brain. Students who attended a music appreciation class showed less improvement in neural processing than students who played instruments during the class. (more…)

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