HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! Student to Teacher: “I can’t reach the brakes on this piano!” Why is an 11-foot concert grand better than a studio upright? Because it makes a much bigger kaboom when dropped over a cliff. Why are pianists’ fingers like lightning? They rarely strike the same place twice. Why was the piano invented? So the pianist would have a place to put his coffee. The audience at a piano recital was appalled when a telephone rang just off stage. Without missing a note the soloist glanced toward the wings and called, “If that’s my agent, tell him I’m working!” What’s the difference between a piano and a fish? You can’t tuna fish. What did a piano player say to a tightrope walker? You better C sharp or you’ll B flat! Why was the piano player arrested? Because he got into treble.
Here is more about the study itself:Researchers grouped together a few 6-year-olds for weekly piano lessons. Then another group was created to take weekly drama lessons. Last group of children was going to receive no classes during the period of the study. All children went through a long intelligence test that assessed them in ten different areas. Following that children went off to first grade at school and to their assigned piano lesson, drama and no lessons at all groups. After the first year of study all children were retested. At the time of retesting, all students displayed increases in IQ of at least 4.3 points, on average, which is a common result from attending a school. Drama class children`s IQs didn`t differ from those who did not take any lessons at all. Testing the piano lessons children researchers found a slightly larger increases in IQ than the other groups, averaging 7-point gains in their IQ scores–2.7 points higher than children placed in either drama or no-lessons group.
The bottom line:sing up your children for piano lessons, it will make them smarter and will support all learning!
PRACTICE TIPS. Guitar can be an interesting instrument to get started on. The way we use our hands when we play guitar is unlike anything we’ve ever done before. This can make it challenging when first starting, but rest assured, the hurdle is very jumpable and you will be happy you did when you’ve cleared it. Here are three tips for beginners that I feel are vital to think about when approaching the instrument.