As we enroll new students for the school year, I can't help but get excited. As these students establish and maintain a regular practice routine, they will be given skills that help them learn. I'm not just talking about passive neurological improvement like all the studies keep showing (see the articles below for more on that good news). What I love is that they learn how to teach themselves; how to refine the very way they learn.

I can say from my own experience that this is one of the greatest benefits of studying music, perhaps even beyond the in-the-moment expression which I so deeply enjoy. Learning how to improve in one hard thing helps a person prepare to tackle all the many other hard things in life. Knowing yourself better is a profoundly useful thing.

Refining motor skills and mental focus,
learning the violin is a worthy challenge.

So, stick with your lessons, give us a call if you need an accomplished & caring teacher or go to the great teacher down the street- Portland is blessed with many! Support classes in schools, pick up that instrument you played until 5th grade. Your brain will thank you for it.

A pair of supporting articles:
How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

Listening to and Playing Music Excites Lobes and Cortices Throughout the Brain

And if you'd like to know more about enrolling with us:
A link to our Fall 2014 registration form.