Monthly - June 2019
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Quote of the Month
It’s that time again! Time to show what
you’ve learned all year long to family, friends and your fellow musicians! You
couldn’t possibly be nervous, right?
Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Some
of the most confident musicians from Billy Joel to
Taylor Swift, have all admitted to having stage fright before the show.
Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen would not admit it for years, until he realized that it would help other musicians to know that it’s a perfectly natural thing to feel.
Musicians as well as stage actors put so
much effort in trying
not to be nervous, they wind up being exhausted and having more anxiety than ever before!
What’s the answer? Don’t fight it!
Believe it or not, it’s good to have stage fright! That nervous energy can be
converted into performance energy!
Even though it won’t completely disappear, here are some methods to reduce your anxiety. You already know the first one…
1. Practice! The more you practice, the more confident you will be. Not only that, your hands will have muscle memory from practicing and “magically” know what to do!
2. Eating habits. Don’t be too hungry or too thirsty before a performance. Make sure you eat at least two hours before performing; you don’t want your stomach to be louder than your instrument!
3. You’re not alone. You have an audience of other musicians just like you! Everyone is nervous, and everyone is wishing you the very best.
4. Don’t Worry. “What if I make a mistake?” First and foremost, don’t be hard on yourself. Every performer has made a mistake on stage and that’s okay! Have a sense of humor about it and keep going.
5. Relax. Take a deep breath or two. It’s not a competition; each one of you has something to contribute to your audience. Your teachers couldn’t be more proud that you worked hard for them and yourself.
Remember, you are there to have fun as well!
Look forward to the recital day and before you know it, you'll be celebrating with your family afterwards!
Reading the title will probably
have you say to yourself, “Please don’t to tell me how my music lessons are
going to help me with my schoolwork!”
Would we do that?
No, this month we’re going to talk about “Music and Memory” and how music stays with you for the rest of your life.
Did you know that music connects to the part of your brain that is responsible for motor functions (movement of your arms, legs and muscles) your emotions and best of all creativity!
It’s almost like you were transported back in time! I know this for a fact because I recently heard a song that I haven’t listened to in 30 years - from my teen years. Not only did I still remember every lyric, I remembered friends and places I hadn’t thought about in years!
It brought back great memories from being a teenager in the ‘80’s! That’s why it’s so important to listen to new music at the times you would like to remember most, like vacations or starting something new. Those memories will last a lifetime.
Music does an amazing thing to that
brain of yours. It acts like a soundtrack to a movie!
For example, many years from now you may hear a song you haven’t heard in decades. Then, when you hear the song, all of these images of that time period come flooding back into your head.
In addition, the connection to emotions and muscles will make you feel and remember the same things you had experienced back then.
Okay, I know it's a schoolwork reference
but I have to say it…
Listening to music is also great for studying!
The music connection helps
push the negative feelings out of the way when you’re studying a subject you’re
not crazy about, and help maintain the subjects you like even better!
This discovery of the music and memory connection was even noticed in senior citizens. Listening to the music they used to listen to did an amazing thing...
They felt young again! The muscle memories made them want to get up and dance and the emotion memories inspired them to sing along with the music!
Just listening to your favorite music can inspire you. The next time you want to remember something many years from now, write a song! You can play it many years from now and tell your grandchildren something like the wonderful vacation you had one summer.
You’ll be surprised at the unique memories you had forgotten about on that trip and the nice thing is, it will be connected to your very own music memory!
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