The Ten Benefits of Music Education, continued

In last week’s blog we listed five benefits that a music education offers to a child’s education and personal growth. 

Today we conclude the list with benefits 6 to 10. 

6. Makes the brain work harder: The brain of a musician works differently than a non-musician’s brain. Neuroscience research shows that children involved in music education have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. A musician playing an instrument uses more than their brain.

7. Relieves stress: We all know that listening to a favorite artist or song can lift our mood and relax us. The same goes for creating music. Studying music relieves stress in students. It allows them to immerse themselves in something that’s fulfilling and calming. One student said, “I know that no matter how stressed I was in school, I would always come out happy and relaxed after choir practice.”

8. Creativity: Music nurtures children’s creative abilities, and this can have a positive impact on their future. Creativity is considered one of the top five skills important for success in the workforce. Because music requires creativity and innovation, originality and flexibility are benefits of music education. Students of music programs learn creativity, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills that are necessary in any career. 

9. Helping special needs children: Music can have a powerful impact on children with special needs. It helps them communicate and share their thoughts. For this reason, schools are implementing music therapy after-school programs for students with disabilities.

10. Higher graduation rates: Schools with music programs have higher graduation rates. According to a report, “Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to schools without music education who average 72.9 percent graduation and 84.9 percent attendance.”

If your child’s school does not offer a music program, consider private lessons through the Belinda Brady Arts Academy. They offer a number of high-quality music programs that can help your child learn new skills and build their self esteem. Contact us today to discuss your options. 

Written by: Nicole Holas

The Ten Benefits of Music Education

Music education offers many benefits to a child’s education and personal growth. 

When a child plays an instrument or sings, they are doing more than moving their fingers or using their voice. They are tapping into various skill sets. They use their senses of sight, hearing, and touch, and a variety of muscle groups. 

Whether studied in school or in private lessons, music education offers numerous benefits. Here are ten of them: 

1. Language skills: Recent studies reveal that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain involved with processing language. Musical training can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. If your child is learning a second language, learning a musical instrument will improve how their brain understands human language. 

2. Improved test scores: Students perform better on tests when they are involved in a high-quality music education program. A university study found that the quality of a music program is key. Students in elementary schools with superior music programs scored about 22 percent higher in English and 20 higher in math on standardized tests compared to schools with lower-quality music programs.  

3. Self-esteem: Studying music builds a student’s confidence as they work towards mastering an instrument or singing a song. Music students learn how to express their opinions and they appreciate it when their interests are understood by others. This creates a sense of acceptance that is critical to their self-esteem.  

4. Listening skills: Musical training develops a person’s ability to listen to themselves, to cues, and to other musicians. Musicians need to hear tempos, dynamics, tuning and harmonies. Music education helps develop the auditory part of the brain, which plays a critical role in our ability to perceive sounds. It is responsible for sound processing, such as determining where a sound originates and identifying what produces the sound. 

5. Math skills: A music student learns fractions when they read quarter, half and whole notes. A music student who learns about rhythm learns how to count notes. They are using logic to count out the rhythms and bars, as they work through a piece of music. Many musical concepts have mathematical counterparts.”

We’ll share the rest of the benefits of musical training in next week’s blog. For now, please visit The BelindaBrady.com Arts Academy website. We offer a number of high-quality music programs that can help your child learn new skills and build their self esteem. Contact us today to discuss your options. 

Written by: Nicole Holas

Express Yourself Using Music

Music is a great tool for expressing human feelings and emotions. A songwriter and singer shares their emotions with every song. Music expresses joy, disappointment, anger, love, anticipation, and a number of other emotions. 

Consider these songs: 

  • We Found Love by Rihanna
  • Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
  • I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston 
  • Hello by Lionel Ritchie 

All of us can relate to the emotions in these songs. Chances are songs remind you of different events in your life. At weddings, brides and grooms enjoy their first dance as husband and wife to “their song.”

Music comes in different forms and styles, from reggae to hip-hop to rock and pop. There’s acapella, solo acts and instrumental melodies. Regardless of the style or cultural background, music connects people in amazing ways. People use music to share stories, celebrate their culture, and connect with God. 

Music is universal. 

Music is also therapeutic. Consider the story of an elderly woman in a medical facility who was angry but could not speak. After three days of escaping her punches, the staff call a certified music therapist. 

She played the song, “Bicycle Built for Two,” and the elderly woman joined in. She knew the words to all the verses. 

That’s the power of music. 

Our bodies are musical. We respond to music by humming, tapping our toes, or dancing to the beat. Some people even believe the movement of blood and fluids in our bodies has a musical rhythm. 

Tap into your hidden musical talents and learn how to express yourself with a Vocal & Music Training course from the Belinda Brady Arts Academy. 

Written by: Nicole Holas

Belinda Brady & Friends

If you thought Belinda was finished with her musical escapades think again! She continues to light the world with her effervescence in entertainment, and is prepared to meet the new demands of her renowned band Belinda Brady & Friends, originally called BB’s Band.

Belinda Brady & Friends is a special events band in Toronto providing top notch live entertainment for several years to a diverse clientele, from fundraisers and galas to major corporate events, community events, live concerts and festivals. The band guarantees a fantastic live performance in an atmosphere of merriment and cheer, and brings amazing vocal abilities combined with some of Toronto’s finest musicians.

The full piece band is approximately nine pieces. The players include trumpet, horn, trombone, guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and two vocalists. The band is available to perform for your event in several different configurations, starting with the core ensemble being the vocalist, the bass player and the pianist. The result is an amazing musical experience, tailor made for your event. 

The versatility of the band is endless, and has the ability to perform any style of music that can be tailored specifically for the type of event. This makes Belinda Brady & Friends one of the most flexible live bands capable of delivering live music to your exact requirements, spanning the best songs ever written and performed. Additionally, potential clients are able to choose songs of their choices from a repertoire of songs, and create their own song list for their event, ranging from Classic hits, Motown, Reggae, Dance, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Disco, Latin and songs at the top of the charts. 

As the demands for the band resurfaces in this season, Belinda Brady & Friends is committed to bringing a sophisticated group of performers that will bring passion and excitement to your celebration. In Belinda’s words “We are committed to our prestigious clientele, and will produce dynamic and superior performances.” She is over the moon with the support from her loyal band members who are willing to take the journey with her to new levels in musical coaching with Belinda Brady Arts Academy. In her world, a plethora of opportunities awaits on the horizon for Toronto’s Premiere Events Band, Belinda Brady & Friends, a band which ensures a successful event, and customized to suit any occasion. 

For bookings, please visit her website at Belindabrady.com where you have the opportunity to book Belinda Brady & Friends for your next event.

Photo Credit: Vocalist @juicyfatt & Keyboard @planet85

Written by: Nadine Brady-Taylor

Digital Strategies for Artists

The 2nd annual Sauga City Music Conference was a major success. The Webinar on “Digital Strategies for Artists to Reach a Diverse Audience” was a winning jackpot for those upcoming artists who sought direction on how to capitalize on marketing strategies in the digital world. 

On the Panel, were some of the greats in the digital marketing industry such as the Marc Goode, Nikita Waugh, Chanele McFarlane and Belinda Brady. What a treat it was to learn from these experts and to see Belinda immersed in her role as Master Coach and Mentor. 

Host Phil Vassel kicked off the fest with a bang and invited TEDx speaker Chanele McFarlane to share her wealth of knowledge on using digital tools in social media such as Instagram Live, Tik Tok, Spotify and Apple music. She impressed on building brand partnerships and connecting with the right people in social media to win PR opportunities.

Nikita Waugh took the baton in sharing her expertise in digital marketing by taking a tactical approach. She looked at the positives in a season where she sees the pandemic as a catalyst for change, and that which gives artists the opportunity to engage on online streaming platforms, to learn the power of virtual tools, and to become a name in the digital world.    

Digital marketing expert Marc Goode brought fresh views on how to grow your music business online using innovative marketing strategies. He emphasized the importance of an online presence that had the power to multiply fans and supporters who would promote your brand through streaming and sharing. 

Belinda took the wheel and blazed the platform with her musical journey. She then leapt into her career as an entrepreneur that evolved into an artistpreneur who is able to heavily monetize her artistic talents and her music. Her newest venture is the creation of her own Academy teaching singing, music and other innovative programs that equip aspiring artists to take their music business to another level. 

With background experience in musical engineering, marketing and project management, Belinda has a 360 degree experience in every facet of the music business. As a recording artist she firmly impresses the necessity of understanding your audience in order to target them and monetize your brand. The goal is to grow your social media following and your email list in order to continuously remarket to them and monetize your work and your art.

Perhaps one of the greatest takeaways from Belinda as an artistpreneur  is to take your time to learn the digital ecosystem in the new world of the 21st Century. Leveraging your networks through social media is the hub of maximizing the advantages of the digital world. This would mean learning about the different platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and gravitating to the ones that suit you best, and ones that are aligned with meeting your goals.

Leaving her final words of wisdom, Belinda impressed upon the necessity of a recording artist to keep up with the constant changes in the music business, where platforms are constantly changing and evolving. The only way to keep up with the upgrades is to consistently position yourself to be educated on the revolutionary changes. She shared some valuable resources and organic strategies that any musician could use to upgrade themselves, and those interested were encouraged to visit saugamusicfest.com for the recording on “Digital Strategies for Artists to reach a Diverse Audience.” 

Written by: Nadine Brady-Taylor

Sauga City Music Conference

The Sauga Music Festival returns for it’s 2nd annual Music Conference taking place in Zoom from March 17 to 26th 2021. Stay tuned on March 19th for the New and most requested topic “Digital Strategies for Artists to reach a Diverse Audience,” with Master Coach Belinda Brady on the Panel. Sign up and see how to overcome challenges in this season and still reach your audience digitally. 

Register for FREE on Eventbrite

http://saugamusicfest.com