5 Surprising Social Benefits of In-Person Music Lessons

Over the years we’ve spent a fair amount of time here discussing all the variety of benefits that an education in music can have for children and adults alike. There’s no denying that picking up an instrument can have lasting benefits no matter what age you are when you start. But that being said, humans are social creatures, and many of us do even better with most things when we’re in a group. Of course, the current ongoing pandemic has made that difficult. But now many music schools (including here at The Music Studio!), are beginning to reopen for limited in-person lessons...

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COVID & Music: What are the Risks of Lessons & Performances?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around us, many music schools and programs have been forced to debate how to safely reopen. Many programs have turned to the same solution as schools have - online and remote lessons. However, while there is some evidence that musical instruments, particularly woodwind and brass, do create airborne particles that could carry the COVID virus, the actual risk to both performers and their audience may be relatively low and manageable. One hurdle in this area is that there is almost no research at all on whether musical instruments produce the airborne particles - called aerosols -...

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Group or Private Music Lessons: Which is Best for Kids?

Every child experiments with music at some point. And that means every child also holds the potential to become a fully fledged musician! But at this early point in their lives, deciding how much time, effort, and money to invest can be tricky. Once you and your child have decided on what instrument they’d like to learn, the first step is to sign up for lessons. But while finding the right teacher is critical, it’s also important to decide whether group classes or private lessons are best for your child. When considering the two, there are two major things to keep in...

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What is the Best Age to Start Music Lessons?

Music has an incredible effect on the brain. We’ve talked about it before. In fact, we’ve covered just some of the countless studies that have shown the amazing impact that an education in music can have on the developing mind. So it’s no wonder parents all over the world are enrolling their little ones in music programs of every type. But there is a crucial question that many parents need to have answered before they sign their children up: what is an appropriate age for them to start? The short answer is that it’s different for everyone. There are a lot...

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The Music of Chile

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been dipping our toes into the waters of World Music. We started off with a taste of Brazil, before moving on to Cuba, and last week we explored the music of Argentina. Today we continue, with a look at the music of Chile. Chile occupies a long and narrow strip of land on the west coast of South America. The country is about 4,300 kilometers from north to south, 340 kilometers wide at its widest point, and only about 65 kilometers at its most narrow. This unique shape has helped the country create a...

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The Music of Argentina

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve began exploring some of the world’s music. We began with a look at the music of Brazil, including samba and bossa nova. Last week we explored Cuban music, like rumba, salsa, and reggaeton. This week we’ll be continuing our journey through world music with a look at the birthplace of the Tango, Argentina. While the tango is undoubtedly Argentina’s most famous export,the country is home to a wide variety of musical genres. Traditional sounds, like folklore, tango, and cumbia are combined with modern digital technology to form new, global sounds that are only now gaining...

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The Music of Cuba

When most people think of Cuba, a handful of things tend to come to mind: beaches, cigars and rum, and if you’re lucky enough to have experienced it, the country’s beautiful tradition of music and dance! Cuba has long had a major influence on the music of Latin America, and its musicians are recognized around the world. In fact, Cuba is the place of origin for a number of remarkable musical genres, something the Cuban people are rightly very proud of! Let’s dive into the many sounds of Cuba! The Origins of Cuban Music Like many other forms of music, Cuba’s musical genres have...

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The Music of Brazil

When discussing the culture of Brazil, you can’t leave music out of the conversation. Music is a critical cornerstone of Brazilian culture, with genres like samba and bossa nova having become synonymous with Brazialian life. One of the most interesting and remarkable fascets of Brazilian music is the incredible breadth of genres that are unique to the country. What’s more, many Brazilian artists have taken elements from other, more worldly genres - rap and pop, for example - and have evolved them into something distinctly Brazilian. Let’s take a dive into the wild variety of genres that make up Brazialian music! Samba Samba may...

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Characteristics of Music: Heavy Metal

Our journey through the realm of music characteristics has taken us down a winding road as we’ve explored the ins and outs of music’s many genres. From pop to opera, country to Indigenous, gospel to punk, we’ve seen how these genres relate to and grow from each other to weave the tapestry of music. This week we’re going to take a detour down a path we’ve only begun to explore. On the tree of music, rock and roll is a pretty hefty branch, supporting many offshoots. One of the most robust, diverse, and popular subgenre of rock and roll is known as...

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Characteristic of Music: Opera

What a whirlwind journey we’ve been on! We set off with a look at one of music’s most adaptable and ever changing genres, pop, before moving into the wider world of music, including classical, jazz, R&B, hip hop, folk, funk, punk, and rock and roll, and more. We even took a peek at the incredible diversity of Canada’s Indigenous music. But even with all this exploration of music and what makes each genre tick, we’ve only just scratched the surface. Let’s dive straight into out next genre, opera! What, Exactly, is Opera? In a nutshell, opera is a dramatic story told through the use...

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