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Open House With YPATC

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Have you heard about all of the classes and activities offered here at the Youth Performing Arts Center (YPATC), but still have a few questions or unsure of whether this is the right place for your child(ren) to attend? If so, come on out to the YPATC's open house on July 20th, from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, where all of your questions will be answered. Here, you will get the chance to meet Ryan Ace Music and its wonderful team of instructors, as well as the YPATC's other affiliates. 

Some things that will be discussed include, the various classes/lessons offered, the prices, and the business hours these classes/lessons are held. You will also get to know more about the company Ryan ace Music, its non-profit foundation, involvement within the community, fundraisers, and the Music Shop where you can shop for music supplies that your child needs.

Have more questions about this event? Don't hesitate to contact us: 

Phone: (407) 451-4563

Email: ryanacemusic@gmail.com

The Impact of Music on Little Ears

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Many studies over the years have shown that it is never too early to introduce your child to music. Regardless of whether he or she truly comprehends the music being played, simply listening has been reported to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and sharpen memory and mental alertness- according to an article written by Katie Gagnon.   

While all of these benefits stand true no matter what age, it is said to be more distinguished among young children with developing brains. These long-term benefits that can take effect include, "improved language development, enhanced motor skills, better social skills, higher IQs, increased concentration and basic memory recall" (Katie Gagnon, May 2018). If you would like to see even greater mental and physical benefits in your child, consider signing them up for music lessons where they are taught to read music or play an instrument. The more involved your child is in music, the better your child's chances are of experiencing these benefits.

 

Many parents find trouble in starting their kids in music, because they do not know how to simply start their child on an instrument or think that it is too costly. However, having your child involved in music daily may be simpler thank you think! Many parents have even decided to begin exposing their child to music before they are even born by playing music out loud for them to hear in the womb. While this may seem like an early start to many, there are other ways to expose your child to music from a very early point in their lives. Some ideas that parents use from almost day one may include:

  1. Buying toys or instruments that play music or make sounds

  2. Playing music in the car (classical music is a good starter for younger children and babies)

  3. Singing songs to them (such as nursery rhymes or any other upbeat and kid-friendly song)

  4. Enrolling them in music lessons when able

  5. AND MORE!

There are a plethora of options for having your child enrolled in music, and these activities can evolve as the child grows older. While these activities may not stay consistent throughout their childhood years or even their whole lives, building an appreciation for music in your child from a young age can increase the chance in them being involved in music for the rest of their life.

Music and Child Development

What benefits does music bring to your children? 

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There is a wide range of neuroscience research that explains how children who are exposed to music have a larger growth of neural activity than those children who aren't introduced to music. Why? This is because music involves more than the voice or instrument, it involves the brain. Learning  how to read music is difficult, and takes a lot of practice. Ever try learning how to play the piano? It takes more than one day to perfect the beautiful instrument. We are often fascinated by the young prodigies because learning how to play any instrument is not an easy task. There are several skills a child must learn before being able to play an instrument, but while children learn these musical skills, they are also developing other skills. 

One of these skills is language development. When a child is studying music they are using the left side of their brain that is known to be involved with processing language. "While children come into the world ready to decode sounds and words, music education helps enhance those natural abilities" as said by Mary Luehrisen, executive director of National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). This is seen most prevalent in those children ages two to nine because this is when children begin to learn how to speak and carry a conversation. 

Another skill that is enhanced when a child learn music is spatial intelligence. This allows children to conceptualize  components that should go together. This skill is often linked with math. When a child learns how to play a specific song, they are piecing together many parts of their musical abilities. In the video provided below you can watch a young girl develop a beautiful melody with only four notes. This is a beautiful example of spatial intelligence and music. 

Beside the fact that music can enhance a child's skills, it can also make a child happy. There are more than just brain benefits that come from musical education at a young age. Music is a fascinating art that can bring joy to anyone, and being able to respect music with a deeper understanding is a benefit in itself. 

I would like to thank PBS for publishing the article that provided me with all this wonderful information. Click LEARN MORE to be directed to this article.