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Nov 29

Music Builds Better Brains

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 12:22 PM by Sarah Rankin

A study by James Hudziak and his colleagues at the University of Vermont College of Medicine found that musical training doesn't just affect your musical ability — it provides tremendous benefits to children's emotional and behavioral maturation. "What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument," Hudziak told the Washington Post, "it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control." The study provides even more evidence as to why providing children with music education may be one of the most effective ways to ensure their success in life.

Nancy Larson Piano Instructor
For 30 years Nancy Larson has been teaching music, specifically piano lessons to children and adults and has seen how music builds better brains. “You engage so much of your brain when you have to use all your fingers on the keyboard.” She says, “A good time to start lessons is when the child is starting to read.” She began learning at 9 and teaching at 21. Nancy says she gets as much out of teaching as the students do. “I get so much satisfaction in seeing student’s progress.” Citing the example of two young sisters, one at five and the other at seven “The five year old was hungry to learn notes and the seven year old wanted to make her own music. I have become a better teacher by understanding each student has an individual need to express and learn.”

Nancy is offering private half hour lessons for children and adults on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. Lessons will be held in Building C at Amazon Community Center. An 8 week session costs $140.

For more information call Amazon Community Center, 541-682-5373 or register online (registration starts 9 a.m. Dec. 8).


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