Last year over 600 instructors and schools all over the world took part in this event. And this year, I have been asked to take part! I am really excited about the possibilities of this idea! And to kick things off, I am offering a free introductory lesson to the first five people who schedule either for or during this week.
If you or your child have ever expressed a desire to learn how to sing or play an instrument, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a chance. And this doesn’t have to be local folks or just voice or piano students. Check out their homepage, put your zip code into the map’s search bar, and find a participating teacher! This is an international event, so there is a good chance that you’ll be able to find someone nearby.
Why is music important? Music gives us so much enjoyment, but it also teaches us. Whether you sing or play an instrument, as you learn, you are creating new neural pathways in the brain. And this works at any age. In fact, on many websites devoted to helping people in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, they recommend learning how to play an instrument.
But music can do so much more. I was a lonely, and often unhappy, child. My brother was 9 years older than I, and the street we lived on had no children my age. Music was my solace and my joy. I would sit at the piano and play and sing for hours. I was painfully shy, but when I sang, I was confident and sure of myself. When I say that I am a musician, this is not just what I do, it is who I am.
This week, I’ll be playing some of my favorite songs on my Minnich Music Facebook page, so check those out. Do you have any stories about what music has done for you? I’d love to hear them.
Until next time!