Our teaching philosophy.
OUR PHILOSOPHY IS TO FIND JOY IN BOTH THE PRACTIcE AND PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC.
Our goal is to foster a positive relationship with musical practice and performance. If the student is inspired the practice will follow naturally. By cultivating a fun attitude you are laying the path for a great life-long relationship to music.
THE ROLE OF A MUSIC LESSON DEPENDS PARTLY ON WHO IS STUDYING.
A student studying for a university audition will have different musical goals than another student hoping to master a few songs for the campfire. As such, the nature of the lessons need to change, too! The Haliburton Guitar Studio acknowledges this and seeks to support students of all skill levels and aims. Our lessons are structured on individual abilities and interests, with encouragement to explore new techniques through songs that they themselves choose. We provide repertoire and exercises that are appropriate for the student to help expand their scope.
We believe MUSIC IS COMMUNITY BUILDING.
Music brings people together! As such we encourage students to share their music as well as experience music played by others. We help facilitate this through promoting concerts, performance opportunities and networking likeminded musicians.
Music study can PROVIDe SUPPORT FOR personal GROWTH.
Playing and sharing music with others can have a profoundly supportive impact on self-esteem and confidence. These qualities come in part by achievement, too. So we provide musical goals for students of all ages to pursue and accomplish. Setting, striving and accomplishing a goal gives students a focus and purpose.
A Typical Lesson May include...
-warm up exercises
- working on repertoire chosen by student or teacher
-learning about the instrument
-listening and sharing music
Facts about the study of music
“Musical activity involves nearly every region in the brain that we know about, and nearly every neural subsystem”. - Daniel Levitan, This Is Your Brain on Music
Music improves language abilities, empathy, attention span and focus. - E. Glenn Schellenberg, Music Lessons Enhance IQ (Psychological Science, 15)
In a 2009 Canadian study, young children taking music lessons showed dramatic improvement in their verbal intelligence scores after only four weeks of training. - Sylvain Moreno et al, Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities in Eight-year-old Children: More Evidence for Brain Plasticity, Cerebral Cortex, (Volume 19, Issue 3, 2009)