Group Music Lessons

When we opened our studio in 1994, we only offered piano, guitar and singing in group setting.  We did not offer private lessons at all.   We only added private lessons later on when we started enrolling really young children who couldn’t sit and stay focused for one hour of lesson.  What are the advantages of taking music lessons in a group?  Is it effective, do they learn, how exactly does it work?

In my experience, group music lessons are very effective.  The students look forward to coming to class each week, they develop a camaraderie with the other students and together, they feel more motivated and challenged and committed to achieving their goals.  They would sometimes even have a contest as to who gets to class first, who finishes and passes their homework first and who gives the right answer first when it comes to music theory.  The key to making it effective is keeping the group small, so there is still opportunity for individual progress.  So if you ask me if it is effective and if they learn, my answer is yes.  Next blog, I will write about our Band program and how our students are thriving and soaring.

Do you want to check out our Music lessons?  You can request your free trial class at  Hollywood Music & Dance, National City 619-474-0122 or Hollywood Music, Eastlake 619-397-3430.

Music Lessons improve memory

According to Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University, (2006) young Children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training. Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics, and IQ.

It’s interesting to note that memory improvement was apparent after just one year of taking music lessons. This is just one of the many benefits of making music.  Would you like to schedule a Free trial lesson for yourself or for your child? Head on over to our website or call our National City location at 619-474-0122 or our Eastlake, Chula Vista Studio at 619-397-3430.


How much music can our brains remember?

“Your brain has almost an unlimited capacity for memory,” said Dr. Emily Mason, who studies memory and cognition at the University of Louisville. “It can actually store about 2.5 petabytes of memory.”

A petabyte is a million gigabytes, so it’s pretty large. To put that in terms of digital memory, Mason said, if your brain was a smartphone on which you downloaded TV shows, it could record 300 years of continuous TV before starting to run out of space.

But your brain’s short-term, quick recall memory has more limitations.

“You need more cues to remember things like that, and for something like your keys, where you might leave them in a different spot every day, that’s sort of confusing to your brain to remember,” she said.

And, in contrast, there are a few reasons why we remember music so well. Some of it has to do with how our brains are hardwired to latch onto repetition and rhyme — elements most songs have.

“In elementary school, that’s why things are put to song,” Mason said.

Enrollment is now ongoing at Hollywood Music and Dance, National City and Eastlake.  Request your free trial today

Piano Lessons, National City and Eastlake Chula Vista

What are the benefits of taking Music lessons?  There are several studies that prove Making music makes you smarter.

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital conducted a controlled study using functional MRI brain imaging and found a possible biological link between early musical training and improved executive brain function in both children and adults. The study was published online in the June 17 issue of the journal, PLOS ONE.

Boston Children’s Hospital defines executive functions as “the high-level cognitive processes that enable people to quickly process and retain information, regulate their behaviors, make good choices, solve problems, plan, and adjust to changing mental demands.”

Researchers note that it was already clear that musical training relates to cognitive abilities, but few previous studies had looked at its effects on executive functions specifically.

“Since executive functioning is a strong predictor of academic achievement, even more than IQ, we think our findings have strong educational implications,” says study senior investigator Nadine Gaab, a researcher at the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s. “While many schools are cutting music programs and spending more and more time on test preparation, our findings suggest that musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future.”

Request a Free trial class by filling up form on our website or call the location most convenient to you.  National City 619-474-0122, Eastlake 619-37-3430.