Monday, 15 January 2018

Learning a Musical Instrument Builds Self-Esteem

Today people of all ages are taking up learning a musical instrument or learning to sing. What is one of the biggest benefits of learning a musical instrument? It is the development of Self-Esteem.

Why is this?

As many people become older they often express the thought that at some point in life they felt they had developed low self-esteem.

Sometimes even as parents we observe in our children a lack of self-esteem, sometimes due to bullying at school or from peer pressure among friends ,sometimes from illness or circumstances in life and we look for ways to assist our child to become more confident and to have greater feel good about themselves and their unique personality and abilities.

On the other hand ,as adults at some point in our life we might experience difficult situations and circumstances that can deplete our self-esteem.

When a child or an adult learns a musical instrument or learns to sing well there can often be a dramatic increase in that students' self-esteem. Very often over time, from being shy, or timid or nervous , music students who are encouraged and praised for their efforts and progress will begin and continue to demonstrate tremendous improvement in their self-esteem.

The reasons for the development of self-esteem in music students include:

*Learning to play a musical instrument , including singing, is a unique experience for each student. Everyone has a different learning style and when a new piece is mastered the quality of self-esteem begins to develop.

*Mastering a new skill on a musical instrument is very rewarding. As a student realises that hard work and practise is required to master a certain skill they feel happy with the effort they have put into learning that new skill when it is mastered. Each small accomplishment builds self-esteem.

*When a student plays or sings for others, perhaps only to family members initially, they feel very happy that they are progressing and accomplishing something that not everyone has the ability or desire to do.

*When a student looks back after a few months or years of learning they can see the great progress that has been made by continual practice and perseverance. This builds self-esteem. Students  have a strong sense of personal accomplishment.

*Learning a musical instrument provides numerous opportunities for the student to play in group situations. This provides more opportunities for positive social interactions with others of varying ages who have a common interest--the art of playing and enjoying music.

The above are only a few of the many reasons why learning a musical instrument builds self-esteem.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Music Lessons 2018

Another year has passed by and so quickly.Students are busy with concerts and looking forward to end of year holidays.

Congratulations to all music students who have done so well in examinations, eistedfords and other performances during the year.

I have recently relocated to Mandurah in Western Australia and taking new students at this time. For students in other locations Skype lessons are available.

For those parents looking to start their children in Music Lessons in 2018 now is the time to make bookings.Lesson times are limited and available spaces fill quickly.

For students who are contemplating tutoring for the Aural and Musicianship components of VCE Music or any Year 11 and 12 Music now is the time to arrange times. All VCE and Year 11 and 12 Music Tutoring is done Online with Skype. Please don't wait until the end of Term1 as the requirements can be challenging.

I am currently taking bookings for lesson times for 2018. Please note that available times are extremely limited.

Weekly lessons are being offered in the following:





*Personalized musical development program for 3 to 5 year olds

*Music lessons for children with Special Needs especially Autism Spectrum  disorder

*VCE and all Year 11 and 12 Music Tutoring for Aural and Musicianship components

*Theory and Musicianship all grades

*Music Craft

*Mentoring for AMEB Certificate Teacher of Music Australia

*Mentoring for AMEB Associate Teacher of Music Australia

I can be contacted on 0400891799

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

How to Decide Which Musical Instrument to Play

One of the biggest obstacles that a budding musician,whether young or older,has to overcome is that of actually deciding which musical instrument to learn to play.

 Here are a few things to consider that will help you decide which musical instrument to play. 

1.Which instrument do you find yourself imagining playing? 

2.Which instrument do you like and enjoy the sound of?Why do you like that particular sound? 

3.Do you enjoy singing?Is that your instrument? 

4.Do you want to play an instrument that you can master to some extent quite easily,without spending hours and hours on practice? 

5.Are you prepared to spend money on a good quality instrument or are you limited in funds and need a less expensive option? 

6.Do you enjoy listening to or watching performances on the instrument you would like to play?

7.Do you have the patience and self-discipline needed to master certain skills,sometimes over a long period of time?Or do you get frustrated easily when things become difficult? 

 Considering the above questions can greatly assist you in knowing how to decide which musical instrument to play. 

Brenda Shaylor has begun taking new students for 2018
Contact Brenda on 0400891799