Children, Music and Brain Activity

my 3 year old niece showing an extreme interest!

my 3 year old niece showing an extreme interest!

 

 

Rebogged, read entire article here:

 

If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded – or loved – helped develop your brain. The younger you started music lessons, the stronger the connections in your brain.

A study published last month in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that musical training before the age of seven has a significant effect on the development of the brain, showing that those who began early had stronger connections between motor regions – the parts of the brain that help you plan and carry out movements.

The study provides strong evidence that the years between ages six and eight are a “sensitive period” when musical training interacts with normal brain development to produce long-lasting changes in motor abilities and brain structure. “Learning to play an instrument requires coordination between hands and with visual or auditory stimuli,” says Virginia Penhune. “Practicing an instrument before age seven likely boosts the normal maturation of connections between motor and sensory regions of the brain, creating a framework upon which ongoing training can build.”

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If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded – or loved – helped develop your brain. The younger you started music lessons, the stronger the connections in your brain.

A study published last month in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that musical training before the age of seven has a significant effect on the development of the brain, showing that those who began early had stronger connections between motor regions – the parts of the brain that help you plan and carry out movements.

The study provides strong evidence that the years between ages six and eight are a “sensitive period” when musical training interacts with normal brain development to produce long-lasting changes in motor abilities and brain structure. “Learning to play an instrument requires coordination between hands and with visual or auditory stimuli,” says…

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First – Play by the Rules and then…. FORGET the Rules.

Today is the day I see my piano instructor.  You know what?  Not much practicing went on this week and I’m Veeeery scared to go!  I learned the coupe of pieces in just 2 days and it sounds pretty good BUT….  I’ve not bothered to learn theory and have’t much cared to practice my scales 😦

This is pretty much how I know I will look to my Piano Nazi today.

I need to remember this!

Must first learn to play by the rules and THEN you can play with your heart….  but what if I’d rather to play by/with my heart?  Never been much of a rule follower.

pretty much!

Play your feelings 🙂

Off here to make sure it REALLY sounds the way it should so I can move onto something that makes me FEEL.

Introducing my littlest “Mini Me”….

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I’m privileged to be able to spend a lot of time with my nieces.  This is my 3 year old niece Esme’.  She’s a handful and a half, most of the time, but aren’t these kinds the most fun?  Besides, she wouldn’t be a “mini me” if she WEREN’T a handful!  lol  Here she is, SO proud of herself for making up a song.  She actually has an ear for music and her “made up songs” sound like they really COULD be songs 🙂  Look how proud she is of her little self!

 

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I could listen to her play all day.  This is how they get started.  Don’t limit them or make them stop… keep their interest playing anything that sounds good to them.  I wish I would have started  piano at 3 years old.  I played from the age of 8 to 16 years old, and I quit for 30 years.  It’s a little hard to get back to the level I was BUT it’s coming back to me and it takes me to a world all on my own.  It’s the cheapest form of psychological help!  lol

I’m actually getting ready to take Esme’ to my lessons with the Russian Piano Nazi (my instructor) now.  We’ll see if she sits still long enough to let me do something.  HA!  I think it will be good to teach the Piano Nazi some patience.  😉

What do YOU do to relax?

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Getting ready to order this arrangement from her for a small donation 🙂 She makes all of her own arrangements. I can’t imagine how much time it takes to do this! Oh that I would ever be this good! lol

Goodbye My Old Friend…

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They tell me that my piano was used during the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.  You know the movie, right?  Judy Garland’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” where the song, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” became famous?  The older gentleman who tunes my old friend tells me that he believes this to be true.  I adore the history behind my piano and as a piece of furniture, it’s just my speed.  HOWEVER, did you know that a piano is only meant to be used for 100 years?  That is unless it’s a baby grand or a grand piano, in which case they can be completely rebuilt.  I was under the impression that MY piano could be rebuilt.  Not true.  If my piano repair man was any less honest, he would tell me that it could be done for anywhere between $500 and $1,000, depending on the quality of the wood behind the strings.  Truly, I WANTED him to tell me that it could.  I was ready to pay whatever he asked.  Shame on him for telling the truth! He wouldn’t take my money for fear of what he would be getting into.  There’s the possibility that nothing would work.  SO, for today, the kindly old man tuned my old friend one last time and complemented me on the nice quality of furniture I had.  It’s just not practical to rebuild her and it turns out she’ll never sound right. It’s time to look elsewhere for a NEW “old” friend.  My problem is that I don’t like the uprights that are only half this tall.  I like them to be tall like this one.  I think the only piano’s that are this tall will be all over a hundred years old.  Awe well, at least my guy didn’t charge me a penny.  That’s the only bright spot in this very sad day.  Lol  This one still sounds acceptable so I’ll practice on her for a little while more before I make my final decision on whether or not to put her out to pasture 😦

Goodbye Old Friend…