Are you a parent who wants to give your child the benefit of better grades, increased confidence, and greater creativity? Is your kid bored or hyper-active at school but you know that with the right activity he could shine? Do your want your child to be both successful and happy in life?
As a parent you want your kid to have the best possible childhood experiences so that he or she can get started in life with the right foot and become a healthy, independent, and happy adult. To this end, an enriching and relevant education is important, and we all know that we can't just rely on schools to provide everything that a child really needs.
For Education... And For Fun!
If you are a parent that cares about your child's education, success, and happiness in life then you want to supplement your child's education with other activities that will give him a well-rounded education and will provide him with extra benefits such as increased sense of responsibility, self-reliance, and also fun! After all, the key of happiness is to have fun doing what we do, and we can't say that most kids do have fun in school... so how we expect them to have fun in their future jobs if we never provide them with a first-hand example?
As a musician and educator I can completely relate with the apprehension you feel regarding your child. On one side you want to shield him, so that nothing can hurt him. But on the other side, you know that he has to make his own experiences. It becomes paramount to find activities that allow your child to try, make mistakes, try again and succeed in a safe way. It is also important that such activities are fun for him so that he will be motivated to stay in them for a time long enough to reap the benefits. Rome was not built in a day, and your child will need time to grow and learn.
It's All About What's Best For Your Child
Since you are a conscientious parent (you would not be on this page otherwise) in the past you may have tried other extra-curricular activities for your child, or you may be considering some alternatives right now. Hockey, dance, theatre, soccer, gymnastic, second or third language classes... the list is endless. And yes, your child may have fun doing all of these activities, but are these activities giving a real, permanent benefit to your child? In the long run, are these hockey lessons worth the thousand of dollars in equipment and the hours of waiting in the cold? Are these dance lessons worth sacrificing every weekend?
This is not just about what your child likes: that is an important condition, but not the only one. This is about making the best possible investment that will have the largest positive impact in your child's life.
Why Piano Lessons?
But how are you to choose the best for your child when you are faces with so many alternatives? Turns out science already knows the answer: countless studies demonstrate that music lessons are more effective than anything else in influencing your child in a positive way. In fact, a recent study found that music lessons (and piano lessons specifically) improve cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills, and school grades more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance ("How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills", A. Hille and J. Schupp, SOEPpaper No. 591. September 2013)
(For more about the surprising benefits of music lessons, see the box below)
Imagine an activity where your child will have not just fun but creative fun, where he will learn the value of practice and the joy of achievement in a perfectly safe environment, where he will learn to work both by himself and with others. An activity that will boost confidence and self esteem, and that provide your child with a skill that will accompany him and give him joy for the rest of his life.
Piano lessons are all this, and much more. And, let's face it, they are going to be good for you too because there will be no need to wait out in the cold like you would be doing at every hockey game :-)
Your Piano Teacher In Edmonton
My name is Brendan McGrath. My parents raised me in a musical home where I could listen to music of all types and genres, and I still love all kinds of music .
I got my start in playing at seventeen for the Littlebirds big band, I'm now finishing my degree in Jazz Piano Performance at the Grant MacEwan university.
Teaching piano is my life's passion and I have already helped many kids in learning to play the piano. I am committed to teaching excellence and I would be delighted to help you and your child too and be his guide in the incredible journey of learning a musical instrument.
Some Cognitive and Educational Benefits Of Music Lessons
Music lessons can permanently increase the IQ of the student compared with students who did not take music lessons ("Music lessons enhance IQ", G. Shellenberg, Psychological Science August 2004 vol. 15 no. 8 511-514)
Music lessons improve cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills, and school grades more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance ("How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills", A. Hille and J. Schupp, SOEPpaper No. 591. September 2013)
High-performing students who take music classes have consistently higher grades compared to those who do not ("Music and academic performance", A. Cabanac et al, ScienceDirect Volume 256, 1 November 2013, Pages 257–260)
Adolescents with music training have better cognitive skills and school grades and are more conscientious, open and ambitious, regardless of socio-economic status. ("How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills", A. Hille and J. Schupp, SOEPpaper No. 591. September 2013)
Musical ability has a significant positive correlation with second-language proficiency ("Individual Differences in Second-Language Proficiency Does Musical Ability Matter?", L.R. Sieve and A. Miyake, Psychol Sci. 2006 Aug;17(8):675-81)
Children who learn a musical instrument are 13 percent less likely to watch TV every day. Moreover, they are 15 percent more likely to plan on obtaining an upper secondary school degree and 18 percent more likely to aim at attending university ("How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills", A. Hille and J. Schupp, SOEPpaper No. 591. September 2013)
Childs playing an instrument show better performance in spelling and higher verbal IQ compared to the ones not playing an instrument ("Associations between music education, intelligence, and spelling ability in elementary school" K. Hille et al. Adv Cogn Psychol. 2011; 7: 1–6.)
Young musicians are more creative than non-musicians (i.e. they score higher on divergent thinking tests) even in non music-related situations ("Enhanced divergent thinking and creativity in musicians: A behavioral and near-infrared spectroscopy study" C. Gibson, B.S. Folley, S. Park, Brain and Cognition 69 (2009) 162–169)
Kids who start music lessons before the age of 7 perform have better motor skills and coordination than kids who don't play even on non-musical movements and tasks ("Early Musical Training and White-Matter Plasticity in the Corpus Callosum: Evidence for a Sensitive Period" by C.J. Steele et al, Journal of Neuroscience, 33(3): 1282-1290)
Music students between the age of 6 and 25 have better visual, spatial, and verbal working memory and the effect is proportional to the numbers of weekly hours spent in musical practice ("Music practice is associated with development of working memory during childhood and adolescence"
S. Bergman Nutley, F. Darki, T. Klingberg, Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7: 926.)
Do You Have Any Questions?
Q: I don't have a piano at home, and I don't have the space or possibility to buy one now.
- A: While having a piano at home is ideal, there is no need to buy a new Grand Piano for your child. To all parents who don't own a piano yet I would recommend getting a keyboard with weighted keys rather than an acoustic piano, as the keyboard is a very affordable investment and does not occupy as much space as a piano. If you need help in that, you can ask me during your free intro session, and I will give you all the details of where to find one and how to choose it. On the other hand, if you really want to have an acoustic piano without breaking the bank, I would suggest checking on Kijiji as it is quite common to find people who give away pianos for free (usually because they are moving).
Q: Will my child need to practice every day? How can I keep him motivated?
- A: Yes, practicing every day is required, but do not worry. Motivating your child to practice every day is, after all, part of my job. Not only I will make sure that every exercise feels like a game, but I will also inspire your child to practice. I have a lot of experience in teaching kids and in the years I have developed many educationally positive ways to motivate them. One example of this is the Mozart Money program (described just below), but I will share with you many more ways for your child to stay focused and motivated while having fun!
But Wait, There's More!
Bonus 1: Mozart Money Reward Program For Kids. When your child takes lessons with me he is automatically enrolled into the Mozart Money program: a reward program designed to motivate your child to practice more at home and at lesson. In each lesson, if your child completes the goals that the teacher has outlined, he will earn a number of Mozart Money tokens. Your child will then be able to use the tokens collected to buy "gifts" that we will provide. This program alone would be worth $50 per month, but you will get it for free together with your child's piano lessons.
Bonus 2: Recitals. For a child studying a musical instrument, learning to play in public and be proud of his accomplishments are one and the same. Kids love to show us what they are learning and what they can do. Recitals are the perfect opportunity for your child to be used being at the center of the attention and be celebrated, and at the same time allow other people to be the center of the attention and be celebrated too. I take special care in making every recital a positive and low-pressure event so that the students can naturally grow and learn to share their musical accomplishment with other people and develop a healthy self-esteem and self-reliance.
Try Before You Start. Before we start lessons together, you can book a free 30m introductory session for you and your child so we can get to know each other and I can show you what I can do for your child. Every child is different so I will make sure to interview both you and your child to see how I can best help you both. Piano lessons should be part of a whole educational experience, so I will do my best to understand you and your child and giving you what you need in your specific situation. To book your free introductory session click on the orange button below.
Pay As You Go. Unlike most other piano instructors in Edmonton, I do not lock your child into a long-term contract. I am fully confident in my ability to keep your child interested in playing the piano and learning more about music, so I do not need to make you sign a yearly contract. Lessons are paid on a monthly basis.
Here Is What You Have To Do Right Now:
- Click on the big orange button below that says "Continue".
- On the next page you will find a contact form. Fill it completely and click on the "Submit" button.
- I will review your submission, and be back to you in 24h via email. From there we will set up together a free 30m introductory session for you and your child.
- P.S. Contact me right now so we can book a free introductory session for your and your child. Come and see first-hand why my piano lessons are different.
- P.P.S. Remember: piano lessons are the BEST investment you can make for your child. Don't make your child miss out on all the amazing benefits that can give him an edge in life, and make him a happier and more successful person in future.