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

Belinda as the Master Coach

Toronto based Jamaican Singer Belinda Brady is no rookie to the music arena, and is making vigorous strides in the industry. She wears many hats as a performer, musician, songwriter, composer, entrepreneur, marketing consultant, and now Master Coach for Brady Arts Academy. With extensive accolades, musical abilities and vast experiences spawned from her background in engineering and production, she is an indubitable ambassador for performing arts education.

With more than two decades of solid training and experience as a performing artist, as well as with the acumen of self-management, she is able to get a head start in launching her Academy, geared towards giving back to the community through teaching and mentoring. By doing so, she is able to equip any artist in becoming who they aspire to be in the world of Musical arts and entertainment.

Brady Arts Academy has launched several programs including Vocal and Music Training, Music and Digital Marketing, Music and Video Production, Performance Coaching, Song Writing, and Photo Shoots. As the Master Coach and Manager of these programs, she has been able to seek out professional music coaches to work alongside her in delivering quality mentorship to students who register for her programs.

Belinda spearheads the Vocal and Music Training modules, Music and Digital Marketing, Artist Development and Consultation, Performance Coaching, and the Songwriting Camps. Under her tutelage and mentorship students are trained in these programs and are given the tools that will equip them to hone their skills, and uncover their brand identity.

Modules are customized and tailored to accommodate students at various levels of talent who are able to unlock their potential and give back to their community. As the engine that makes the wheel turn for the Academy, Belinda encourages anyone who sees a dream in themselves to make it become a reality, and to experience the ultimate breakthrough that they have been searching for, at Brady Arts Academy.

Written by: Nadine Brady-Taylor

New Single: What We Need is Love Let it Soar

Belinda Brady is creating a buzz on social media and turning heads with her new track “What We Need is Love Let it Soar.” The original song written and composed by Belinda, has evolved into a roaring club mix twist, produced by the renowned multi-platinum producer  DJ Marvin Prince. The single has a flavour of “Reggae meets Pop” vibe and is currently released on all music platforms.

The timely release is in a season when the world needs a message of hope and love, and where nations seek ways to heal from the inherited challenges of 2020. An interview with the artist revealed the passion to exude a breath of fresh air into a world that is hurting and in need of change. She brings a strong message of unity that is built on standing together as one people who feel the same pain, hurt and shame. Avid listeners to the track, will spot the call to remove the chains from their minds and gain the freedom to let love soar all around the world.

Carefully webbed in the fabric of the song is the tone of creating the awareness that the warming of our planet is a reflection of an aching world. Belinda brings a universal message that the change that we need is an extension of a change that is not only requisite for nature but in how we care for each other, and respect each other.

Belinda is pleased with the level of musicianship that accompanies the song which includes musicians from BB’s Band, on drums, bass, and horn, all of which played a key role in the making of the original track. The club mix is out now on all digital music platforms, and on her YouTube channel. She hopes to produce a video for the song in the near future, and fans are encouraged to visit her websites for any event updates.

What we Need is Love Let it Soar, is a sure hit and fans are buzzing with excitement. The song promises longevity as the universal message of hope and love will last for a very long time. It has the power to build a bridge to change in our own milieu, and eventually to the wider world. Indeed, what the world needs now is love, let it soar like an eagle, all around the world! 

Written by: Nadine Brady-Taylor

Channel Your Music

Channelling your music on various digital platforms is a crucial part of music promotion. Almost gone are the days when distributors sought arduously to get records in stores for people to buy them through their promotions. Digital music distribution is the way to go and is essential to reach potential fans. Smart distribution gets your music to as many people as possible and it helps you to get paid for your music.

As an artist, your digital distribution goal should be to get your music on as many digital platforms as possible, such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora, Apple Music, SoundCloud, Xbox, MySpace, iHeartradio, and other digital platforms and music stores.

Channelling your music on these platforms will allow your music to get the clout and the digital revenue it deserves even more than live performances and radio shows. The idea is to reach your listeners by meeting them in their online hangouts and open the door of opportunity to the hotspots that will sell your music.  

Another perk of channelling your music online is the smart algorithms that recommend and suggest tracks to people based on what they listen to. In the digital world, this is how people discover music. How amazing is this?

A lover of your genre of music begins listening on his or her favourite hangout spot and Wallah! A song begins to stream that he or she has never heard before but is the exact melody, tune and lyrics that they have been searching for.  

When all is channelled and done, the idea is just to get your music out in the world so that your fans and music lovers across the globe can discover your song or your album and begin streaming and networking your music that will inevitably promote sales.

Sign up with Belinda Brady’s course on Music and Digital Marketing Coaching and learn how to get your music on these digital platforms and out into the world.

Written by: Nadine Brady-Taylor

Write Your Song!

Have you ever heard a melody floating in your head? You feel it could be a hook to your next hit song, but you are probably unsure of how to reproduce it. You have come to the right place. The melody in your head is the beginning of your story and is complimented by words that marry the music that is birthed within you.

As soon as you think of your ideas, record them whether in your notebook in your phone or on a software. This way you can always come back to the song to add, edit and improve on your work. As you go along, the rhythm becomes the engine of your music and guides you to a structure that cultivates patterns of beats needed to make notes and pitches in the melody. This is called the composition structure.

The melody is the driving force of your song, the lyrics are the storytelling part of the song, and is the link to making your listeners have an emotional connection. When they listen to the words they feel they can relate to what inspired you to write your song. This is why lyrics are so important because you are building on your story and taking your listeners on your journey.

 A major contributor to songwriting is using an instrument to assist in your composition. Both the Piano and the guitar help with song patterns and chord progressions. Using any of these classic instruments will assist in honing your skills in songwriting since you are able to identify the chords and key signatures that match the melodies that you have created.

Most importantly, it is the steppingstone for finding creative ways to structure your songs. Sometimes the chorus of your song is what first pops in your head. Use that as a lead to compose your song. Start by finetuning your chorus and then use the words in your chorus to help to tell the rest of your story. 

Keep the basic structure of your song in mind which will be Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Verse 3, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus and then Outro. The instrument you choose is an extension of your songwriting that helps to deliver your story in the way you envisioned it when putting your words down on paper. The goal is to inspire your audience and to mirror the same feeling you have, by igniting those emotions.

Written by: Nadine Brady-Taylor

The Advantage of Stage Presence

Grabbing the attention of your audience and keeping them captivated throughout your performance is an art.

This ability to command attention and engagement is a skill that is sharpened overtime as the artist progresses through their career on stage.

Stage presence is often realized when the performer becomes comfortable in their delivery and is able to connect with their audience when they are completely in the moment and executing their work with confidence. Coupled with the musical talent and vocal abilities of an artist, an audience is drawn by his or her facial expressions, movement, body language, and verbal and non-verbal communications.

In doing so, the performer is able to see the rewards of completely surrendering themselves to the moment and inviting their onlookers into their world. In drawing them into your performance you incite audience participation by making them feel the emotions generated from your artistry and share in the passion that you exude.

Leaving a lasting memory of your production through your stage presence will create a magnetic appeal that will pull them to your next performance. The key to this end goal is hard work and commitment in preparing for your performance.

Once the artist is completely confident in his or her act and has determined the techniques that will be used to lure the audience, he or she is bound to mesmerize their fans. Once you leave a lasting impression, your audience will support you and be drawn to follow your performances. They will spread your work on social media platforms, bring attention to your artistry, and share the good news about your professionalism and charisma.  

Written by: Nadine Brady-Taylor