4th and 5th Graders Excitedly Open Their New Instruments, Donated by a Musicnotes Grant Through VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Musicnotes Teams with VH1 Save The Music Foundation to Bring Strings Back to Elementary School

The halls of one elementary school are alive with the sound of music, thanks to a partnership between Musicnotes.com and VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Musicnotes.com sponsored a $35,000 strings program through VH1 Save the Music Foundation at Sandburg Elementary school in Madison, Wis. The program will allow all 4th and 5th grade students, regardless of economic status, to participate in music education. The event, which took place September 12, 2016, featured a surprise ‘unveiling’ of the instruments for the school’s 4th and 5th graders, who were giddy with excitement over the new violins, violas and cellos. Representatives from VH1 Save The Music and Musicnotes.com spoke to the children about
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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Kids: How Does Music Help?

Emotional intelligence — or emotional quotient (EQ) — is a lot like your IQ (intelligence quotient), but instead of assessing your smarts, it looks at your emotions. Basically, emotional intelligence indicates how well you can recognize and use your emotions. More schools are integrating emotional intelligence learning into their programs to help children perform better in the classroom. One way to do this is to incorporate music-related studies into the curriculum, as research has shown a very close relationship between emotional intelligence and music. What Is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence refers to your ability to perceive emotions and assess them. This includes your ability to understand emotions, read others’ emotions,
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Learn The Many Ways That Music Benefits Your Mind – Fun Animated Infographic

As musicians, we appreciate a vast array of music benefits that come from playing and practicing. For some of us, music helps to relax us. For others, it helps to pep us up! Sitting down at the piano or picking up our violin can offer a fun diversion, or it can challenge you in unique ways. Aside from the general pleasure we get out of practicing and performing, learning and playing music has proven benefits when it comes to mental, cognitive and emotional health as well. For example, did you know that playing music increases memory, coordination, and can actually alter your brain’s structure? School students who study music are
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Fun! Engaging! Educational! Learn How to Play Piano with Piano Maestro for FREE.

At the heart of everything we do, Musicnotes aims to help you make the world a more musical place. Every once in a while, a tool comes along that so closely and perfectly aligns with our mission, we can’t wait to share it with all of you. If you know someone who wants to learn how to play piano, or if you’re looking to pick music back up after time away, JoyTunes‘s Piano Maestro, for iOS, is one of the hands-down best music education apps we’ve seen (and they have the awards to prove it). We’re so excited to announce that our friends at JoyTunes are offering a FREE Piano Maestro 1-month membership to our
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Q&A With Superstar Pianist Lang Lang + FREE Sheet Music Download

He’s sold out great concert halls around the globe,  made Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People,’ and, at just 33 years old, Lang Lang is the most popular concert pianist in the world. We were beyond honored to get the chance to ask Lang Lang about his astounding professional career, including his latest venture, Piano Academy, featuring a series of books that are sure to influence the next generation of piano virtuosos in the making. (Enter to WIN your own copy of Lang Lang’s Mastering the Piano series, a $70 value, at the end of this post!) What’s been dubbed the “Lang Lang effect,” watching and hearing the exuberant, virtuosic
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How to choose a music teacher

How to Choose a Piano Teacher

The benefits of learning to play music are indisputable, and one of the most important aspects in creating an exciting, valuable music education experience for yourself or your child is knowing how to choose a piano teacher. Communication styles, learning methods and preferred genres are highly personal, meaning that it takes a little bit of background work to choose the best music teacher FOR YOU. Below we’ll go over our 5 helpful tips for choosing a piano teacher, which actually may applied to choosing any music instructor, and our top resources to turn to for additional help. By following these tips, you can be sure to choose a teacher who
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Song for Thought: The Many Benefits of Playing Music

Encouraging young ones to take instrumental or vocal lessons not only will  help them foster a love and appreciation of music, studies prove the benefits gained through music education will last throughout an individual’s lifetime. If you’re a musician yourself, you likely can vouch for how music has helped shaped your life, and the measured benefits of playing music that you’ve enjoyed when performing and when pursuing other interests. That’s because learning to play music may actually re-wire your brain, bringing about a wide array of beneficial traits that extend beyond the music room. The varied skill sets we develop while learning to read, play and perform have helped bring
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