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October Monthly recital video clips
Check out highlights from our October monthly private music lesson recital!
congrats to suzuki violin teacher leslie Hoyle!
Congrats to Suzuki Violin Instructor Leslie Smile, now Leslie Hoyle, on her recent wedding! Take a look at the photos she provided us below. Beautiful! Many of Leslie's students attended and even performed at the event. What an honor!
what's going on at the academy?
Check out the following video and images from our dance and voice classes this semester! Students are having lots of fun and learning a lot!
Student shout outs!
Congratulations to Sam Salita for his best lesson ever! And, congratulations for graduating into étude book 5 of the Royal
Academy. Keep it going! - Phil Hosford Piano Instructor
Phil Hosford's former acting student Amanda Fischer was cast the role of "Sponge" in James and the Giant Peach at Quince Orchard High School!
Congratulations to piano class student Anna Scherhaufer! She started learning piano in September in Young Musician 1, and quickly moved into Young Musician 2, and now has just moved again into Keyboard Prep 2! This is a great accomplishment as she has completed an entire semester of piano class in half the time! Way to go, Anna!
A big shout-out to Academy piano student, Ryan Lo (student of Hayuru Taima), for his diligent, careful practicing in the last several months. His playing has bumped up a notch, and his ears are much more keen now! He is extremey motivated, too. He has decided to learn lots of Christmas songs for the holidays. Instead of just learning all of the songs from one book, he has decided to tackle two books for the holidays! WAY TO GO, RYAN!
Woo-hoo! to Academy piano student, Jia Chopra (student of Hayuru Taima), for her expressive playing on her first private student recital this fall. She completed three years of piano classes (through Keyboard Musician 2) before starting private piano lessons. Keep up the great work!
A big shout-out to Academy piano student, Ian Kwon (student of Hayuru Taima), for the big change in his sound! What a great sound he produced on the piano at the last recital! Don’t stop the good work!
“I adore my Keyboard Prep 1 class this semester!”, says Academy teacher, Hayuru Taima (Private Piano/Piano Class). “Both students AND parents are working hard with me in learning their pieces and note reading in their class. Some of the parents are learning along with their children…and performed in class! It’s very exciting!” Two thumbs up!!
Congrats to WIllow Graves (Acting Student of Phil Hosford), she was cast as one of the justice speakers for the play 12 Angry Men. The play is November 17 -19th at Rockville high school! Nice work Willow!
Cello Instructor Harriett Kaplan will be performing J.S. Bach's Suite No. 4 in E flat major for solo cello on Sunday, November 12 on the Rock Creek Chamber Players series. The free concert takes place at 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD. There is free parking behind the church, and it is walking distance from the Bethesda Metro station.
More info about the group is at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rockcreekchamberplayers/
How is the practice-a-thon going?
How is your practicing going?? Are you getting better? Do you feel more accomplished? Leave us a comment on our Social Media pages or on the comments section of this Newsletter to let us know how things are going!
How music benefits children
BY Dawn Rose
Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect” – the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence – has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter”.
This interest in the relationship between musical aptitude on ability and intelligence has been around for some time. But despite these beliefs being pretty widespread, there is still no conclusive evidence to actually prove that listening to certain types of music really can improve your intelligence.
In 1974, music researchers Desmond Sergeant and Gillian Thatcher said that:
All highly intelligent people are not necessarily musical, but all highly musical people are apparently highly intelligent.
And “apparently” is the key word here, because the evidence regarding musical listening in itself is mixed. Research has shown that listening to music shows an improvement in certain kinds of mental tasks. But these are specifically short-term improvements involving “spatial-temporal reasoning” skills – puzzle solving type tasks.
Listening vs Playing
But while listening to music is all well and good, what about actually playing it? Research that focuses on how or if playing a musical instrument can impact on intelligence, often looks at how learning in one area can lead to improvements in other areas – an idea known as “transfer effects”.
This is the idea that learning to play the violin, or the drums, could help children to do better in their spellings or a science project. And this is in part the reason why some parents naturally encourage their children to learn an instrument – because of a belief that it will in some way make them more intelligent.
While some studies have shown how musical training can shape brain development. And that improvements in small motor skills and general intelligence have been linked to musical training. A recent review suggests that actual evidence supporting this idea of “transfer effects” is limited at present.
But despite these finds, there is still a wealth of evidence suggesting musical learning is beneficial. And with this in mind, drawing from my experience as a professional musician (drummer), music teacher and performing artist, I decided to investigate the effects of individual musical instrument learning on aspects of cognitive and behavioural development.
I also looked at the impact on “socio-emotional” development, which includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of emotions, as well as the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others.
All the children who took part in the study had typical school group music lessons, but half of them had also chosen to learn an instrument individually for the first time that year.
The results showed that children who had started individual music lessons developed a better awareness of their “aim” and “force” in relation to their own motor skills as well as improving their “fluid intelligence” – which is the ability to solve new problems, use logic in new situations, and identify patterns.
This suggests that musical instrument learning encourages the development of a physical sense of self in relation to the how we use objects in the world around us, as well as developing a specific kind of intelligence that is used in problem solving.
MUSIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
As part of my research, I also wanted to understand whether parents and teachers noticed any changes over the year in terms of the children’s socio-emotional well-being. The results showed that the children who had chosen to learn an instrument were considered by both their parents and teachers to be less anxious than those who had received only group lessons.
These children were also thought to internalise their problems less compared to the children who had only received the group sessions.
This is also reflected in my research looking at adult musicians, who explained that the “social structures” surrounding musical learning are the bits that they most appreciate, and have had the biggest impact on their lives.
This includes the opportunities to travel, the exchanges of culture among friends around the world, and their ongoing ability to be foster creativity in their lives through music.
It is clear then that music can have a big role to play when it comes to children’s learning. Not necessarily just in terms of intelligence, but also in term of their physical development and social well-being.
Research also shows how musical learning can help children to apply themselves, as well supporting the processes involved in teamwork and appreciation of working towards shared goals.
Valuing music education includes nurturing the development of these abilities, and these skills and mindsets. Which is why developing a culture of creativity and musical learning in our schools should be a key part of children’s lives.
James Ellis is ready to start new classes as they fill!
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN THE GUITAR?
Take our word for it:
"Jim is absolutely terrific," says Phil Hosford director of the Academy. "When Jim first joined us, I indulged myself by taking several months of guitar, something I had always wanted to do. I learned so much! I still play every chance I get and what he taught me is still keeping me going. Thank you Jim!"
"I am not the greatest musician, but Jim's patience and attention to detail during my lessons really makes me want to strive to improve each week!" says current student Darren Bell. "Each week I am excited to tackle a new song or concept and drill it towards mastery."
If you are interested in guitar please do not hesitate to call the office at 301-947-9705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
IMPORTANT ACADEMY DATES
11/22/17 - 11/26/17 - Thanksgiving Break
12/24/17 - 1/1/18 - Winter Break
3/26/18 - 4/1/18 - Spring Break