If I had a nickel for every time an adult said to me, "Oh, I've ALWAYS wanted to learn how to play the piano." OR, "I quit piano lessons when I was younger and I wish I had stuck with it." Well...I'd have lots of nickels saved!
Learning to play a musical instrument offers a lot of benefits. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Playing A Musical Instrument Makes You Smarter
Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music to the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument too because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active eventually helping to sharpen the memory.
2. It Teaches Discipline
Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master playing your instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice and practice some more.
3. Playing A Musical Instrument Relieves Stress
We all have days when we are so stressed out and we just want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.
4. Sense of Achievement
If you're a beginner learning to play your first piece, it can be frustrating. But once you've mastered it, the satisfaction you'll feel is priceless. Never mind if it's just a simple piece, believe me you'll never forget the first piece you've mastered. You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.
5. Playing A Musical Instrument is Fun
Sure it can be a lot of hard work but there is no denying playing an instrument is fun. Once you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learned skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that will surely enrich your life.
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Don't want to catch a cold? Having trouble sleeping? No problem. Go through your music library to find the perfect cure!
♫ To ward off a cold…
Opt for music with a tempo of 80 to 90 beats per minute (BPM). Studies show this tempo enhances parasympathetic nervous system activity, which reduces the body’s output of the immune-suppressing hormone cortisol and increases the production of compounds that fight off colds and flu. (Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA)
♫ To sleep more soundly…
Unwind to music with 60 to 80 BPM for 30 minutes before bed. Credit goes to the tempo’s ability to slow heart rate and deepen breathing, inducing a relaxation response. (Tokyo University of Science)
♫ To rev energy…
Tunes with 120 to 140 BPM are proven to increase endurance by 15% and make physical activity feel easier. The heart rate and breathing sync to the beat, increasing levels of circulating oxygen that energizes muscles. (British researchers)
♫ To improve focus…
Tune in to a symphony. This type of music (approximately 60 BPM) lights up the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex, areas of the brain that are involved in making predictions, paying attention and committing details to memory. As a result, you’re better able to concentrate on problems and retain information after listening to such music. Make it work for you by listening for 10 or more minutes, then switch off the music and get to work! (Stanford University School of Medicine)
HOW TO DETERMINE SONG BPM--
Grab a stopwatch, start the music, and count as you tap out the drumbeats for 15 seconds. Multiply the number by 4 to get the BPM. DIGITAL MUSIC--
Go to mixmeister.com, download a Free BPM Analyzer, and drag your songs into the program to learn their BPM. iTUNES--
Go to apple.com and download beaTunes 2.1.14. It will calculate and assign a BPM for every song in your library.
How to Choose Your Wedding Musician…by Ellen Bartolozzi, Founder of Bella Angel Music
Congratulations! Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and deserves only the best music…in other words, your wedding singer should NOT be Adam Sandler!
Listen, Listen, Listen
The most important way to know if you are hiring the right person is to listen to them play and sing. Seems simple enough, but many musicians do not offer this service!
>Bella Angel Music will play / sing for you LIVE and IN PERSON! This brings me to my next point…
The musician should offer a FREE initial music consultation.
>Bella Angel Music will play and sing a variety of songs / styles for you at your FREE consultation.
>After we meet, I will give you a FREE demo CD so that you can listen to Bella Angel Music’s sound at your leisure…in your car, while home relaxing, etc. Call me to set up your FREE consultation. Ellen 708.466.8553
Experience, Experience, Experience
How long has the company been in business?
>Bella Angel Music has been providing wedding music since 1986.
>I’ve also worked as a church music director for many years. I understand church customs and traditions and have knowledge of which songs are appropriate and will be allowed in a church wedding.
FREE demo CD
The musician should provide you with a FREE demo CD of singing and playing examples.
>Bella Angel Music provides you with a FREE demo CD with MP3s of singing and playing.
Website and Facebook Page
Does the musician have a website? Facebook fan page?
>Bella Angel Music has a website and FB page which offer: tons of information; coupons; customer reviews; MP3s; more!
The musician should be very knowledgeable of many styles and types of music (popular music AND church music).
>Bella Angel Music’s repertoire is quite extensive and depending on the location / setting of your wedding, most song requests can be met
>Bella Angel Music offers music for: wedding ceremonies; wedding Masses; cocktail hours; dinner hours
This is YOUR Wedding (not the Church’s)
If you’re getting married in a church, you can hire an outside musician and do not have to hire the church’s music director.
>There may still be some churches out there that will discourage you from hiring an outside musician, but remember this is your wedding and your special day!
>It’s also your money! Hire whom you want and the “sound” that you want. Do you want Adam Sandler or “the church lady”…or do you want beautiful music? =)
Reviews & References
Quite simply, the musician should be able to provide references / reviews.
>Bella Angel Music has many satisfied brides and grooms! Visit us online to read reviews: www.BellaAngelMusic.com
Most important, remember that this is YOUR DAY! Enjoy it and best wishes on this magical, wonderful journey. J Ellen
Call me with any questions or to set up your FREE consultation. Ellen 708.466.8553
Bella Angel Music
...is a leader in the music business, providing music lessons and beautiful music to Chicagoland since 1986.
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