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The positive impact of music education

As the fall swirl of extracurricular activities gets underway, parents and children are making decisions about programs and schedules.

Did you know that learning music is more than just taking a weekly lesson?

Enrolling in a music program at an early age opens up a whole new world of enjoyment, creativity and self-expression.

Making music sparks the imagination and provides opportunity to think outside the box.  “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” Albert Einstein wrote.

A child’s potential can be developed in the fields of memory concentration and perceptual motor skills which are necessary for success in school and in other parts of life.

The rewards for studying music are numerous.

Through a structured course of music study, a child learns to focus and concentrate which helps to persevere and persist and develops self-discipline.

Good listening skills and attention to details are taught. Since there is a direct correlation between math and music, a child acquires skills to excel both in math and music.

Studying music also establishes good thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, evaluation and problem finding and solving. Music is a “symbol” language and the semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is an international language that all people speak.

It cuts across racial, cultural, social and economic barriers and enhances cultural appreciation and awareness.

Music is like a gym class for body, mind and human emotional spirit.

Let’s face it. Not only is sports great for children but so is taking music lessons.

Music is an art form that opens the doors to all sorts of social opportunity that is so important for young people. Continued study of music tends to inspire continuous growth in other areas of life.

There is no question about the positive effect of music education on a child. Music study can be a fun, worthwhile and most rewarding learning experience.

Of paramount importance though is the parent-child-teacher relationship that establishes the foundation for a positive learning experience. A lot of listening, understanding, support, guidance and praise are required from both teacher and parent.

A strong educational partnership of teacher-child-parent is key.

The Kelowna branch of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association is an association that currently consists of 19 members, all fully qualified and registered teachers, who are committed to music educational excellence.

For top quality professional service and instruction, parents, seeking the very best in music education, are strongly advised to visit www.kelownabcrmta.com for teacher contact information along with soon to be posted upcoming events.

BCRMTA teachers are located in and around the Kelowna and West Kelowna areas.

Sitting on the newly elected 2012-13 BCRMTA Kelowna branch executive along with myself as co-president are treasurer Debbie Batycki, secretary Ursula Pidgeon, past president Marla Mesenbrink and co-president Graham Vink. We are a passionate, “upbeat” group of volunteers who are eager to bring new energy to the community. Professional development for teachers and students with workshop, seminar and master class opportunity is planned.

The Kelowna BCRMTA executive board is proud and excited to announce the newly founded creative educational partnership with Maestro Rosemary Thomson and the OSO. Anybody with professional qualifications and interested to become a new member is cordially invited to join and be an active team player as part of our enthusiastic board.

For more information, contact Debbie Batycki, the membership/teacher representative, at 250-763-5773 or email batycki@telus.net.

Claudia Kargl is the co-president of the Kelowna branch of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association.

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