In today’s age of social media and cell phone addiction, when community is shaped by your Facebook feed, and a time when kids and adults alike are experiencing an inability to be alone brought about by technology, how could you expect someone to tolerate sitting down at an instrument every day? To tolerate spending time alone every day? To feel proud having devoted an entire hour to a passage of music when there are texts to answer, instagrams to post, and your teachers and bosses expect to be able to reach you at all times?
So many chronic mental health issues in today’s society can be addressed in music lessons. We all know that music study improves self-esteem, teaches overcoming obstacles and setting goals, and brings respect and a loosening of ego into daily life. Here is how you can focus that power to make a more lasting impact.
To have your students participate in my survey to further this research, send them here: Mental Perks of Music Study Survey.
Having been raised as a Suzuki musician, Aubrey finds the Suzuki method to be a nurturing teaching style that effectively develops a child’s sensitivity to nuance of sound and expression. It also helps the child develop careful listening skills and an understanding of subtlety. A child’s very first teacher may be the most important in developing these musical skills, and Aubrey has been inspired by witnessing some great teaching of children as young as three years old. She offers teacher training in the Suzuki Method of Piano study in an apprenticeship situation where a group of local teachers meets regularly at her studio for extended training. Aubrey is also currently seeking funding to return to Peru to continue her teaching in the Latin American community, advancing her Spanish-language skills, and networking with Suzuki Musicians in South and Central America.
Most instruments are manufactured at various sizes to fit the musician, but as pianos became popular as a household instrument in the mid-1800s, they began to be mass produced and rigid in their design. There is a small movement happening to create ergonomic keyboards for pianists with smaller hands. This is a major breakthrough for women pianists and young pianists in particular. Musicians are starting to realize that small hands have been at a major disadvantage for most of the history of the piano, but no one has addressed the problem until now. It is becoming apparent that we are just at the beginning of something revolutionary for the art of playing the piano. Currently the closest ergonomic keyboard is in Oklahoma. Aubrey was introduced to this concept while studying at Southern Methodist University with Carol Leone, a champion of performing on the small keyboard. Aubrey hopes to bring a small keyboard to the Chicagoland area in the next several years.
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