Adolescent-Teen Years (pt.3)

Exposing children to a strong music education can be crucial for their earliest formative years (check our last two posts for a refresher on the impacts this can have on infancy through elementary school).  The closer kids creep toward teenagedom, however, it can become increasingly easy to forget that they are still developing… and that their exposure to music is arguably at its peak of importance.

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Music and Kids (pt.2)

It’s officially back to school season! From new backpacks to back-to-school nights, parents and educators everywhere are dedicating significant amounts of time to ensuring our kids are starting the school year right. But how often do we spend considering what access they’re getting to arts… especially music?

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Utah Summer Concert Guide 2019

From bustling parades to serene campgrounds, Utah is home to many beloved summer traditions… and live music is no exception.  No matter what your taste, there are plenty opportunities to get outside and enjoy a performance! Here’s a collection of the state’s most celebrated and unique summer concert series and festivals.

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Chill Inducing Music, What Causes It?

Have you ever listened to a song you enjoy and suddenly felt a shiver of chills or goosebumps across your body?  This type of response from any stimulus besides a cold temperature (commonly music, art or poetry) is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn).  While not everyone experiences this phenomenon, there are scientific and physiological explanations as to how this happen, and who it happens to.

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Acoustic Guitar Strings: Buyers Guide

Guitar strings are available in a wide variety, and knowing which type to buy can be confusing. Once one starts considering gauge size, material of the string, coatings, and different brands, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed! 

The best way to buy strings is to educate yourself on some of the generic terms and figure out what type of music you mainly like to play on a specific guitar. Since using the wrong strings on your guitar may damage your instrument, knowing these things will give you a better idea of what type(s) you should purchase. 

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Private Music Lessons Vs. Public School Music Programs

Private music lessons come with a variety of social and cognitive benefits as do public school music programs.  There are benefits and drawbacks with each.  Experiencing some level of music education is better than not, however, what are the key differences between them, and what is it like to experience both?  

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Benefits of Kids Music Lessons

Part of the job of a parent is to sort out which activities best resonate with our children and to support focus in their interests.  With the array of extracurriculars available for today’s youth, it can be hard for a parent to determine what activities or areas of study are worthwhile for their child to explore.  Kids are unique, dynamic individuals and tend to have quickly changing interests. More commonly than not, they come across the idea to study music. 

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