Should You Take Your Music Lessons to the Next Level?

Should you take your music lessons to the next level?
Should you take your music lessons to the next level?
Should you Take Your Music Lessons to the Next Level?

Taking it to the next level means practicing more diligently and with focus.

Elevating your casual lesson into something more serious means:

  • playing scales and chord exercises with accuracy.
  • learning proper sight reading skills.
  • developing your ear with listening exercises.
  • playing many pieces really well and sometimes memorized.

Worth noting, if you desire a musical certificate in your desired instrument, you need to complete “real” theory books and take the theory exam.

There are two main systems for music exams in Canada:
Both Exam Systems:
  • offer exams for many instruments.
  • have a syllabus and guidelines to follow.
  • have certain music books that they like to use.
  • can be used as credits for high school.
  • have exams throughout the year in various cities.

It sounds like a lot of work.

Thank-goodness, there are music teachers out there to help you achieve these goals!

One of my long-time adult students just recently told me that his goal is to take a Level 5 Piano Exam.

I was thrilled. How exciting!

Exams are not just for the young. I am finding more adult student who want to work towards an exam. Doesn’t mean they’ll do the exam but, they will try to complete everything in that level. Overall, the end result is a better, more informed and well-rounded musician.

Most parents of kids who have trained for exams would say it is worth it. These kids are more focused, organized, dedicated, and are often high achievers in many areas, especially in school academics. Most importantly, they are busy working towards their future. They have learned how to self-manage their time, to take criticism, and how to fix their problems effectively.

So, should you take it up to the next musical level? Ask these two questions:
  1. Do you wish to increase knowledge and explore new musical concepts?
  2. Do you believe a challenge towards a goal would be a great way to measure growth and encourage persistence in learning?

If you answered “yes”, then give it a try.

We are here to help!

Summer Tips for Thinking Music

Imagine Music Inc. Summer Lessons

Summer Tips for Thinking Music

It’s here, the lazy days of summer! A time for doing other activities that you love to do. After all summer is short!

So how do you keep your fingers limber and your mind, musically sharp!

Here’s a few summer music tips I use to keep #thinkingmusic :

  • Summer is the perfect time to learn that new song you always wanted to play. Just pick away at it slowly a few lines at a time. Then in your lessons in the fall, you can go for it!
  • Play around on the BLUES. Learn the basic 12 bar blues form and improvise using the blues scale. No notes are needed, just play by ear.
  • Have a summer only song . . . nothing too long . . .maybe something easier than what you usually play.
  • Pick up a “how to play” YouTube tip on your instrument and implement it. Make sure it’s at your level and then have fun with it.

A Musical Refresh

A Musical Refresh

I love spring. It is always a time for new ideas and fresh starts.

Imagine Music Inc. is celebrating its 25th year in business. It’s time for a refresh. It’s time for new growth.

As I think of what makes us successful, I remember all the Imagine Music families over the years. Many of our students continue to play and enjoy music well past university. We call this success! We even have generations of families take lessons from us. We’re proud of these outcomes in the last 25 years.

I reflect on where we are now, and the community of musicians we are now coaching toward musical growth and maturity. 2019 will continue to bring many influences on our youth. However, my hope for our students is to use music as a healthy outlet, just as I see our adult students playing music for relaxation and mind strengthening.

The refresh towards growth always starts with some small idea that, under the right conditions, blossoms into potential. We are excited to reveal both our new website and our blog “Think Music”. Our solid commitment remains the same.

Our business continues to positively coach and influence our students to

“Think Music” as a part of their life.

I love this the most about our business,
Jennifer Aumentado

THREE Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

THREE Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

As a music business owner, musician and piano teacher for over 30 years, I have had the pleasure of working with many different students of all ages and learning styles. I see the benefits of learning music first hand as I’ve seen my students grow and develop over the years.

One thing for sure, music is a discipline. It is one of the few activities that expand the mind and gently works on physical dexterity. Both of which fosters patience and perseverance.

There is so much information on music on the brain tying in how learning a musical instrument makes use of both parts of the brain. This, in turn, boosts memory power, improves academic skills and makes you smarter.

What always amazes me is how new beginners start to comprehend musical concepts. Take the reading of music for example, as teachers we usually use rhymes and/or phrases to remember notes over time students begin to memorize these and rely on them less. Eventually the mind begins to recognize these notes and the student can play them without thinking too much.

I have seen music lessons do wonderful things for adults and seniors. Music keeps them sharp and inquisitive as they quest to understand – “How does this music work?” Take arthritis – learning piano or guitar keeps fingers and joints moving in ways that we don’t usually use them.  I have many students with arthritis who continue to play piano as they are worried that their fingers and joints will stiffen up too much. Music lessons are a form of exercise to them.

Learning to play a musical instrument takes time. But, it is time well spent, given the lifelong gifts music can give. Patience and perseverance are qualities that we want in ourselves and in our children. Learning music teaches that. Students who must keep trying until they get it – don’t give up. This in turn, reinforces musical concepts, develops the mind, and provides self-satisfaction and enjoyment.

The result is a rewarded student playing a song that they can now enjoy!