The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling – training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this multi-tasking art form can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression.
In addition to these concrete benefits, it has been shown that secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs). Wow. You can learn more about the value of the arts for our children by visiting the Arizona Commission on the Arts website.
Here are some other articles and sources showing music’s powerful effects on everyone, from the aging to those with disabilities.
Watch this video of one of our students in a recital performance:
“I just have to express how pleased I am with your organization. The work with Joseph has been outstanding. It proves to us that in spite of his autism, he can look forward to a rewarding future in his personal development and possibly as a musician. I don’t know how other parents cope with situations such as ours, but I do know that music has greatly benefited our family and has been and continues to be a unifying element with Joseph at the center. Bravo to Deborah for her work! It is surprising that treatment of autism is not closely coupled with music, without excluding the performance of music as a means of mental and physical therapy.” — Frank Islas, father of Joseph
Academics of Children…
NAMM study on Academic Performance