Dear music lover,
It’s Jason Sagebiel, founder of Sage Music…
Recently, while talking to a group of my students, I was asked a question that really left me scratching my head and thinking about how life enhancing, and in so many other people’s lives… life changing music is.
One of the girls in the crowd who appeared to be a little on the shy side, suddenly popped up her hand and smiling nervously, asked…
“Um, a friend of mine told me that people who are into music are smarter than those who aren’t… is that true?”
You know, I’m a firm believer that every single one of us have inborn gifts and talents given to us at birth, but that ultimately, it’s up to each of us to discover what they are, and develop them.
Glancing around the room I was aware that most everyone knew about my background, and how after being wounded in Iraq while serving with the Marine Corp. and sustaining a head injury…
I struggled and eventually made a complete recovery through a careful and consistent stream of study and practice of music.
In fact, my recovery was so startling, I had to know why the practicing of my music was healing my mind and body.
This drove me into the study of psychology, and wholistic medicine in a quest to discover the connection between mind and body… and how they both work in conjunction with one another.
Pausing to collect my thoughts… I slowly scanned the group and locking eyes with the girl who had asked the question, replied:
I’m going to let you and everyone else here come to your own conclusion about this.
However, most of you already have heard about the journey I’ve had, and the major role music played in my recovery.
But you know, the research I did, and continue to do… was life changing…
And when I incorporated my findings which personally was responsible for radically changing my life for the better…into the ARPEGGIO™ lesson framework that each and every one of you are experiencing here at Sage Music…
The results speak for themselves.
But getting back to your question… are people who are into music smarter than those who aren’t?Here is some of what I have discovered and know from personal experience as well as through study, which has impacted not only my life… but has, and is changing the lives of many of you… as well as the Sage Music students who came before you.
Playing a musical instrument improves memory
Music and your memory go hand in hand. When you are learning to play a musical instrument, you are forced to use both parts of your brain. This in turn boosts memory power.
Maestro Eduardo Marturet, reiterates this point when he says, “Further research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development.” Music education is also linked to higher IQ levels and the physical development of certain parts of the brain.
Playing a musical instrument fosters discipline
As you all know, music requires dedication and regular practice. Allotting a specific amount of time to practice music daily develops discipline in the learner. Everyone in this room knows that personally.
Mira Stulberg-Halpert, of 3D Learner Inc., who works with children who have ADHD, has seen music discipline children when everything else fails. She has this to say on the effect of music on kids:
“Exposing kids to musical instruments is the key. They are naturally curious and excited about them-and the discipline that parents and kids learn by sticking with it is a lesson in itself.”
Playing a musical instrument teaches you patience
Most music teachers will tell you they feel that music can help teach you patience. Because in a world where instant gratification seems to be the rule of the day, learning to play an instrument is not something that can happen overnight.
It is the daily effort of everyday practice that can help a musician learn how to play without mistakes. This is turn develops your patience. Most musicians go through years of regular practice that includes daily musical exercises and the tackling of progressively difficult musical pieces, which in turn helps them acquire patience.
Playing a musical instrument helps build your confidence
Choosing to take music lessons can help build your confidence. Once you are aware that you are able to do something well, like play the flute for instance, you naturally become more confident of your skills.
Learning to play an instrument can help both children and adults who face confidence issues. Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, a music teacher and performer, has found that music has helped many students develop confidence. “They find that once they can develop a skill by themselves that they can get better and better.”
Playing a musical instrument makes you smarter
People who have received a music education are generally smarter than their non-musical counterparts according to researchers.
Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, in their research paper titled Music Training Causes Long-Term Enhancement of Preschool Children’s Spatial-Temporal Reasoning, speak about, “a research team exploring the link between music and intelligence.
They reported that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills, the skills necessary for learning math and science.”
Playing a musical instrument relieves stress
Michael Jolkovski, who is a psychologist who specializes in musicians, feels that music also helps in bringing down stress by helping people connect with others. He says:
“It (music) can satisfy the need to unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things people often use for this purpose, such as excessive eating, drinking, or TV or aimless web browsing, it makes people more alive and connected with one another.”
Other researchers who study the benefits of music have reported that playing a musical instrument on a regular basis can help bring down stress. Studies show that playing an instrument helps in lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn lowers the stress hormone cortisol, thus making us feel relaxed.
While just listening to music also helps… and learning to play an instrument brings with it a comforting routine of daily practice that helps in keeping the stress hormones away.
Speaking of our ARPEGGIO™ lesson structure, one of our music students who is now a professional musician herself, Sarah S., confided that:
“Competence drives your confidence – it was boot camp going through Jason Sagebiel’s curriculum and I’m glad, because I not only learned guitar technique but also how to be able to use my own voice, conquer my performance anxiety, and reach my potential as a musician.
As a teacher, he was patient, clear, helpful, inspiring, and supportive. I always had a voice but it was Jason that gave me the chops to rock the stage with it – presently, I teach music as a profession, compose my own music, play guitar and front my own band, and play paid gigs as a guitarist and bassist.
I am grateful for all that I have learned from Jason and hope others will benefit as much as I have.”
And then there is this…
“Because of the thorough teacher training, I was quickly able to help Alex I. achieve his audition goals within just a few short weeks of being hired at Sage Music.
Alex auditioned and successfully made it into the Frank Sinatra Summer Arts Institute. The teacher training paired with the use of the ARPEGGIO™ lesson system helped us hone in on his goals and quickly assess what we had to do to achieve them.
Additionally, because ARPEGGIO™, we were able to establish a comfortable student-teacher relationship right away, and we are fast becoming friends”. – Michael Conklin, Clarinet, Flute, and Sax Instructor
What about you?
Are you someone who has a secret desire to…
- Play an instrument?
- Learn to read music?
- Gain entrance into a specific musical program?
- Pass an audition?
- Impress your family and friends?
- Write music?
- Boost your confidence?
You see, if by chance you are not yet familiar with the extraordinary magic that occurs when you enroll as a student at Sage Music…
You’ll be delighted to know that each and every one of my instructors who are very talented, caring and highly qualified professionals, thanks to our exclusive Arpeggio™ lesson system…
Are helping make the dreams and personal goals of music lovers just like you – come true, each and every day… and can make yours come true too.
All of us here at Sage would love for you to join us…
That’s why for a very short time, Sage Music is opening the doors to a select few new students.
However, prior to accepting you, we like you to experience and feel the warmth and relaxing atmosphere that makes learning so exceptionally fun, exciting and worthwhile at Sage Music.
So…we are opening our doors to a select few and inviting you to visit us so you can get a sneak peek into the magic that exists here inside Sage Music.
You will get a close-up and personal tour of our school – and even get to look into and see how our acclaimed musical instructors achieve the amazing results they do with our students.
You will even have an opportunity to chat with our students and our instructors if you so wish. They will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Refreshments and snacks will also be served.
And for those who take the tour… we have a special surprise for you!
But remember… this is a time limited occasion you don’t want to pass up.
Due to the exclusive nature of this… this is a first-come – first-serve opportunity.
To experience the magic of Sage Music…call us now @ (718) 361-2922
Tell our operator you received a message from me: Jason Sagebiel, and you would like to visit and take Jason up on his offer. At which time you will get all the details on the dates and times the doors will be open so you can come and visit with us.
Don’t wait…numbers are limited… call today.
May all of your musical dreams come true.
MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
Founder, Sage Music
P.S. Imagine, for a moment, what it will feel like to finally be the musician you’ve always dreamed of, and always told yourself you can be, if only you had the proper training and instruction?
Well now you do… and you’ll find it at Sage Music
Don’t let the flame inside you flicker and die. Call us today… while the doors remain open.
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