Spring 2015

Spring 2015

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In This Issue

Greetings From the Front Porch
Greetings From the Front Porch

This long winter has created its share of hardships for all of us, but often times it is these hardships or times of stress that reveal the most.  In its best form, it creates grit, resilience, and can bind our respective communities together.  For Snow Pond Center for the Arts, it has also exposed a few weaknesses in our infrastructure that need attention before we have a large number of students and residents here on …

A Parent’s Perspective of Why We Teach Music
A Parent’s Perspective of Why We Teach Music

Music is alive in our family’s home! My daughter began taking violin lessons with Pineland Suzuki School teacher Lori Scheck when she was six years old and fell in love… first with her violin teacher, and then with the violin!   The Suzuki method of teaching uses a light touch, not a heavy hand. Expectations of daily practice, precision of playing, and group classes grow from the beauty of the music that inspires my child …

Benefits of Music
Benefits of Music

In recent years, there has been more and more evidence gathered about the benefits of music lessons on young people, including improving test scores, increasing math skills, even preventing Alzheimer’s.  However, if asked for my firsthand experience with this evidence I would be hard-pressed to give scientific data.  My evidence is what I have witnessed in students and fellow performers: a gleam of glory in an eye, an adrenaline-charged accomplishment, the ‘I did it!’ feeling …

Learning to play a musical instrument wires child’s brain for all education
Learning to play a musical instrument wires child’s brain for all education

As a 7-year-old pianist, I experienced the joy of learning Beethoven’s “Für Elise.” My eyes deciphered the notes on the page, my ears guided me to depress the right keys, and my fingers translated the symbols on the page with the right speed, rhythm and expression. The benefit in my mind was the pleasure of making music. What I didn’t know was that I was wiring my brain for classroom learning. Yet in the years …