As a private music teacher, Kindermusik educator, and mother of three, I know that learning needs to be fun! During the summer I searched websites and blogs looking for new and innovative ways to teach music to children. Over the past several weeks I have been making more games for my private piano and voice students. Rhythm, note naming, intervals, triads, key signatures, enharmonic snap, and many more wonderful learning activities are ready for our next lesson. I’m not sure who’s more excited to use these great learning tools – me or my students! Their faces light up when they ask, “Can we play a game today?” The best part? My students just think we’re having fun.
In a recent study, researchers at the University of St. Andrews concluded that musicians have sharper minds and are able to pick up and correct mistakes quicker than non-musicians. They measured the behavioural and brain responses of amateur musicians compared with non-musicians when performing simple mental tasks. Playing a musical instrument improves a person’s ability to detect errors and adjust responses more effectively. Those with little or no musical training also responded slower than musicians. Even moderate levels of musical activity can benefit brain functioning.
It’s never too late to start! Have you been making music lately?