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Music – yes!

Talking with Steve and Rebecca on KXL101…

Should music be a part of your child’s education?

Six percent of kids want to be president but 13% want to be musicians.

Music is a big part of our lives but unfortunately, it seems to be the first go in school budget cuts.

YET it is increasingly more clear with each new study that is released that Music Education boosts IQ and changes behaviors – from depression to joy, anger to calm, hate to love. In one study, students who learned to read music and play the piano scored significantly higher on math and science assessments. Another study showed 75% of Silicon Valley CEO’s had instrumental music education as a child!

What about the dreaded MUSIC LESSONS?
Should kids be allowed to quit when they start complaining?

One piano teacher put it like this:
Assess whether they have talent and whether they like to play:

IF talent = no and fun = yes: Keep Playing!

IF talent = yes and fun = no: Find more fun, switch teachers, back off the difficulty level for a while.

IF talent = yes and fun = yes: Add another instrument or add some singing.

If YOU find yourself humming along and wishing YOU had music in your life – consider joining a non-audition choir. In Portland, give SING PORTLAND! a try – a relaxed, open, fun singing environment with a director who believes “If you can speak, you can sing!”Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 7.00.30 AM
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