By Luca Giannini aged 10 years
Teachers at school are telling us to learn a musical instrument, however do we know which one to choose? It takes a while to learn, so how do you know if you’re picking the right one? There’s so much musical choice, it amazes me!
Yamaha Music London in Soho have come-up with the answer. On the weekend of 24 & 25 March, their hosting Learn To Play Weekend, where kids can pop into the store on Wardour Street and enjoy a full day of learning how to play all of the instruments in the store, taught by professional music teachers; all for totally free! It’s like a musical pick n mix! Yamaha Music London say there aims to be an amazing selection of the world’s leading acoustic, bass and electric guitars, piano, brass, violin, drums, saxophone and the Venova, a quirky, little instrument with a big sax-like sound waiting to be discovered!
Exams, tests, and computer games may be all be left at home for the day, whilst us kids dive into an exciting adventure of music exploration. There is recent research which says learning to play an instrument may help us kids to become more confident with ourselves and our feelings and increases our attention span – so I reckon it’s definitely worth giving music a go!
Yamaha Music London have given us seven reasons why we will love learning to play:
Never too young to start
You can begin to play at whatever age, apparently, even as toddlers we have rhythm skills! Music enhances our fine motor skills and the ability to use small, muscle movements to write, use a computer, and perform other physical tasks.
Learning to play an instrument may help us feel more confident. Kids who play the piano, for example – may become more confident in other areas of their life.
Everyday listening skills are usually stronger in musically-trained children than in those without music training. Making music may changes the brain, and these brain changes may have tangible impacts on listening skills, learning and cognition.
Learning to play a musical instrument uses both parts of the brain and this in turn may boost memory power.
A calming force
“Music is an age-old way to heal,” says Doris Jeanette, PsyD, a psychologist in Philadelphia. Listening to and creating music may give us a great feeling inside which makes us feel calm.
Because learning a musical instrument takes time, us kids learn ‘patience’ as we’re learning how to play. Computer games and online homework this is marked instantly mean we are used to everything happening straight away, yet learning a musical instrument helps us to become patient.
Learning to play a musical instrument gives all of us – especially us kids – an huge sense of achievement. Music lessons may change the course of brain development and may influence children’s success in other, non-musical tasks.
Give it a go – it is FREE! ‘Save the Date’ (24 & 25 March) and remember to arrive early on Saturday and Sunday as the free places are available on a first come first served basis.
For more information on this year’s Learn to Play 2019 Weekend visit: https://www.yamahamusiclondon.com/Learn+to+Play+Weekend+-+March+2019/aid317