Our upcoming recital is NEAR!
Come check out our Fall *Costume* Recital on Sunday, October 20th at 2:00pm at Red Light Cafe. Tickets are $5 at the door.
The cornerstone of the Music Together® program is our Mixed-Age music class, for children from birth through age 5—and the grownups who love them! Gathering babies, toddlers, and preschoolers together makes each class fun for all. There are lots of group activities for kids out there, but Music Together offers a true family music class for the youngest infant to the oldest great-grandparent, and everyone in between. Imagine an extended family with a dozen or more kids and a bunch of caring adults, and you’ll get the idea!
Each week, a trained Music Together teacher leads the class in singing, dancing, and playing songs that range from tender lullabies to boisterous jams using child-friendly percussion instruments. Our award-winning music, illustrated songbook, and other print and online resources will help you continue the music-making fun at home and nurture your child’s musical growth—even if you don’t think of yourself as a great singer or dancer. Like parenting, making music requires no previous experience or expertise, just a willingness to get down on the floor and get silly with your child!
It’s time to get ready for back to school! Have you checked everything off your list to get your kids ready for school? I’m sure you’ve gotten academic classes picked out, clothes bought, and school supplies ready. But, have you signed your kids up for music lessons yet?
Music lessons aren’t only fun for your kids, but they are essential to the growth and development of your kids too!
Here are the top 5 reasons why your kids should start the new school year with music lessons!
Improves academic skills.
As much as people need to work out to build muscles to make their body stronger and healthier, the brain is also a muscle that needs to be trained and developed. Music lessons increase brain activity. Researchers have found a correlation that music lessons can increase a child’s IQ and memory, which can lead to higher results in test scores. A child’s ability to understand notes, patterns, and vibrations in music corresponds with the same skills they need to learn and understand math and physics. Did you know that Albert Einstein was not only a physicist but also a violinist as well?
Improves social skills.
Group music lessons allow kids to be in an environment that encourages teamwork, good communication, compassion, and patience. The kids can work towards a common goal to produce beautiful music. Through this community, they learn to increase their social skills and can develop strong leadership qualities too.
No one masters an instrument right away and it takes hard work and perseverance to improve in the instrument that they are playing. As with anything in life, learning an instrument goes through the journey of continuous practice to build discipline and patience. This will help a child in their academic studies to learn to problem solve and to continue to work hard. Today, it’s all about instant gratification. Learning an instrument has no room for that. Only hard work, patience, and discipline.
There is nothing more empowering and humbling than working hard and achieving a goal. Music lessons allow students to build themselves up to advance their musical skills and self-esteem. It allows them to be proud of something they have worked hard for and creates an environment where they can learn to give and take constructive criticism.
Improves mental health.
We all know school can be academically stressful, so being able to take music lessons can boosts mood and enjoyment. It can also relieve stress and aids in anxiety and depression. Being able to practice and express creatively is essential to mental health.
Are you ready to start the new school off right? If you have any questions in regard to music lessons, then feel free to contact Highland Music Studio anytime!
At Highland Music Studio, we’re excited to share that we will be holding MORE recitals this year at various venues around town. This will give our students an opportunity to feel like real, true musicians playing their own gigs.
We hope to see you at our very first ever “off-site” recital!
Highland Music Studio has been experiencing a lot of growth these days and with it, we are excited to welcome several new staff members!
Please welcome Ben Fraser, Lily Nguyen & Samantha Puckett.
Learn more about them…
Ben Fraser (piano, guitar, ukulele & violin teacher):
Ben Fraser is a professional musician and private music instructor in the Atlanta area. He plays and teaches piano, guitar, violin, and ukulele. After being classically trained on the piano, guitar, and violin throughout his youth, he chose to study Guitar Performance at the Georgia State University School of Music.
He currently performs in several ensembles, spanning multiple different genres, including classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk. Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, Rialto Center for the Arts, and Fulton County Auditorium are a few of the venues in which he has performed. Some festivals he has played include the Peachtree Corners Festival, Friendship Music Festival, and the Night Market in Peachtree City.
Music education is a great passion of his. He teaches students of all ages and all skill levels, from beginners to more advanced players. Providing personalized lesson plans to a wide variety of students, he has crafted an effective methodology that improves upon technique and increases musical understanding.
Lily Nguyen (Office Assistant):
Growing up in Florida, Lily has always been involved in the arts. She loved exploring different ways to express her creativity, such as painting, playing the flute, singing in chorus, and acting in theatre. Lily believes that creativity is a lifelong practice that nourishes the soul and that creativity can create wonderful gifts for others.
Lily graduated from the University of Central Florida and she has professional experiences in events, hospitality, and digital marketing. Her passions lie in making an impact on others and creating memorable experiences.
In her free time, Lily loves to travel, act, and explore new foods. She also has an adorable calico cat named Eevee, like the Pokemon.
Samantha Puckett (piano & voice teacher):
Samantha Puckett is a mezzo-soprano originally from Katy, Texas. She attended West Texas A&M University for her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music. Samantha pursued her Artist Diploma at Georgia State University. She is currently an alto Staff Singer at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Samantha’s operatic roles include Magda Sorel (The Consul); Charlotte (Werther) and Rebecca Nurse (The Crucible). Miss Puckett continues her vocal study and often performs as a guest soloist in Atlanta and the surrounding area.
We are thrilled to have all these wonderful people on our team!
Highland Music Studio is proud to now offer violin lessons at our studio!
Why is violin a great choice for an instrument to learn?!
- You can play with others. One of the many benefits of playing the violin is that it is an instrument that is often played in a group. Kids may play in the orchestra or a chamber group.
- It increases brain activity. To play the violin, you must use both mental and physical abilities. Violinists often stand up when they play and their feet are in position. Many violinists walk around or move while they play. This paired with the mental capabilities create a powerful experience.
- It’s portable. Violins are a great size and easy to carry. It can fit in any home or apartment. It can travel with you, making it easy to practice anywhere!
- Auditory learning is strong when learning the violin. Unlike the piano, to play the violin and in tune, many ear training skills are required. A violinist must carefully listen for the pitch when he/she plays. We can teach a child from an early age to hear pitches and adjust accordingly.
Violin comes with many benefits and is one of the instruments kids can begin learning at an early age!
We’re so proud of all the kids who performed in one of our 3 Spring Recitals this year.
Recitals are so special because not only do kids get to perform and show off their music, but they grow their confidence. One parent said to us, “Wow, it is amazing how much they grow musically, but I have seen their confidence increase as the year’s pass, too.”
With each recital, they grow into confident music-makers and kids. These lessons and skills translate into so many other areas of life (school presentations, job interviews, and more!).
It’s beautiful to see all these kids grow! Congrats to them all!
What is coming up at Highland Music Studio?! One of the biggest events of the year!
We can’t wait to share how awesome our students are doing. We are so proud of them already!
Before iPads, we had to use flashcards in music lessons to help with note memorization. Nowadays, we have so many awesome apps that help people memorize their notes in a fun way. One of our favorite apps for note memorization is Flashnote Derby.
What is Flashnote Derby?!
Flashnote Derby is a fun way for kids to learn their notes on the staff. Students select exactly which notes they want to work on and then they’re off to the races! Each race is a timed test in which a student identifies the notes in order to push their horse closer to the finish line. We love flashnote derby because it’s exciting & we can pinpoint exactly which notes the student will work on in the game.