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Private & Group Lessons:  Our teachers welcome students of all levels of musical experience.

Our teachers boast some of the most impressive resume`s in Palm Beach County.  Many of our teachers are music teachers in Palm Beach Schools as well as college professors at Palm Beach State, Florida Atlantic University, and Palm Beach Atlantic.  We also have many teachers who played with many famous artists such as Cab Calloway, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Amy Grant, the Miami City Ballet, Jimmy Buffett, and Artie Shaw to name a few.  We specialize in weekly lessons aiding students with the ability to improve on their instrument, audition for ensembles, prepare for college auditions, and adults who want to pick up the instrument they always wanted to learn.  Lessons are scheduled for the same time every week and can begin at any time.  Students may choose between hour and half hour lessons to be billed monthly or biweekly.

30 minute lessons……………………………………$30 per lesson
60 minute lessons……………………………………$50 per lesson
1 time registration fee ……………………………$25

Guitar

For more than 25 years Greg Kokus has taught music and performed over 3,500 shows running the gamut from Broadway shows to corporate events, to opening for National Acts. Performances have taken him to locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and to his home in South Florida. Greg has worked with Julius and Felix Pastorius, Jim Bailey, Karl Berger, Joey Gilmore, Rob Whitlock, Kenny Millions, Bill Hicks, Bobby Thomas Jr. and Ziarah Washington. Greg has also taught guitar, bass guitar, jazz pop piano and voice lessons at North Broward Prep, Florida Youth Orchestra, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach Day Academy, and Georges Music.

Bill Coleman’s specialty is teaching beginning guitarist with an emphasis on good fundamentals related to reading, chord vocabulary expansion, and improvisation. Bill has a very flexible attitude regarding the goals of the student. Some students desire to play just for personal enjoyment and other have a goal of playing professionally. Bill has over 45 years of experience as a professional musician.
Bill’s hometown is Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of 5, his family moved to Columbus, Ohio.  This is where his musical orientation and education began. He also spent a number of years performing on the road with a variety of show and dance bands. Bill has been teaching and performing in the West Palm Beach area for the past 17 years and for the past 2 years he has also been performing with JAZZSLAM, which is musical group that performs for Broward County Elementary Schools sharing the history of Jazz and blues in America with students. Bill is also an instructor with Young Musicians Academy that provide after school music instruction in some of the Palm Beach County Elementary Schools.

Woodwinds

Paul Magersuppe earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University. Since returning to South Florida in 1982, Mr. Magersuppe has enjoyed a musically diverse career, performing professionally on the saxophones, clarinet and flute. Some of the performers he has worked with include Robert Goulet, Al Martino, Carol Channing, Eddie Fisher, Perry Como, George Burns, Rich Little, Aretha Franklin, Dick Johnson, Dudley Moore, Eartha Kitt, Duffy Jackson, The Temptations, the Four Tops, the Platters, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Marshall Grant Orchestra, the Palm Beach County Chamber Ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the Palm Beach County Woodwind Quintet. A member of the former International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the Music Educator’s National  Conference (MENC), and the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), Paul has been a band director at Palm Springs Middle School for the past 22 years. In addition, he has served as instructor of saxophone at Palm Beach Community College and has performed with the PBCC Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble. He is now the woodwind instructor at several high schools in Palm Beach County and assists at Palm Beach State College. In addition, he has a roster of private students ranging in level from beginning to advanced.

 

Kristopher Ferranti is a native of New Jersey and relocated to Palm Beach County in 2007.  Upon graduating high school in New Jersey. Mr. Ferranti graduated from the University of Delaware and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education certified to teach K-12.  He had the honor of performing under the baton of Dr. Robert Streckfuss and studying under Todd Groves, who is a sought after pit musician in New York and Charles Salinger, Philadelphia Orchestra.  Throughout his diverse career Mr. Ferranti has performed, conducted and educated up and down the east coast. Some performances include Steve Salo’s Big Band, Orquesta de la Playa, The PBCC Tuesday Night Band and Sid Parkers Jazz Band.  Mr. Ferranti taught 3 years in New Jersey prior to teaching at Atlantic Community High School for 7 years.  He also had the honor of being the guest clinician at Lee County Schools for their district Jazz Band.  Mr. Ferranti has worked with several Palm Beach County District ensembles, conducted all district concert bands, and worked with the United States Marine Corps Band in Paris Island.

Stojo Miserlioski, a native Macedonian, has won many national and international competitions. To name a few: National Clarinet Competition 2002 (Macedonia), National Chamber Music Competition 2003 (Macedonia) Sofia International Chamber Music Competition 2003, (Bulgaria), International Clarinet Competition 2004, (Serbia), Lynn Conservatory Concerto Competition 2008(FL, USA).He is currently working as a freelance musician and a clarinet teacher in south Florida. His engagements include: Symphony of the Americas, Miami City Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic, as well as several different chamber groups. Besides playing classical music, Stojo is also passionate about teaching, playing Klezmer, and practicing Yoga. In addition to his private studio teaching, he is also holding the clarinet professor position at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Marie Tallerie is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Ms. Tallerie worked with Music Man for three years and is now the band director for Bear Lakes Middle School.

Lisa Yonge Gelfand joins us at Music Man as our oboe teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida and Master of Music degree from the University of Miami. Lisa has been a professor at Broward College, and has also taught at Miami Dade College as well as at New World School of the Arts.  A South Florida native and active musician, she has performed on oboe and English Horn with many local ensembles, including the Miami Symphony, Symphony of the Americas and Boca Sinfonia.

 

Jackie Powali began playing the flute at the age of nine. Over the years she began studying piano, oboe and saxophone. She received her Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Tampa and received her Masters from Florida Atlantic University. During undergraduate studies she served as the flute section leader for three years as well as the Music Director and Secretary for Sigma Alpha Iota, Music Fraternity. Jackie also served as a Graduate Assistant in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band & Music Librarian at FAU.  Over the years she has served as a clinician for schools and music storesacross the state, as well as the Music Director for Camp Airy in Thurmont, Maryland.

Stephenie Revell, a Central Florida native, moved to Palm Beach County to further her education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Currently a senior pursuing a degree in Music Education, she is finishing her semester of student teaching and set for graduation in May 2017. Throughout her collegiate career she has won many awards and scholarships including the 2015 PBA Concerto Competition and is a 3-year member of the Florida Intercollegiate Band. Specializing in clarinet performance and education she has been a guest clinician for multiple master classes and band camps in Central Florida.

Jon Ferguson attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia and is from Wisconsin. Previously, Ferguson was the band director at Osceola Creek Middle School in Loxahatchee and currently teaches music at Woodlands Middle School. Mr. Ferguson teaches saxophone and clarinet.

Ben Sparrow earned a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance with a concentration in jazz studies and a Master of Arts in Teaching from East Carolina University.  He has performed with artists such as the North Carolina Symphony and The Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard.  Ben enjoys sharing his love for music with students of all ages: he formerly taught band at Boca Raton High School and now teaches music at West Gate Elementary.  He and his wife, Sarah, have three beautiful children

 

Tammy Roggen is the former band director at Watson B. Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens and the former adjunct flute professor at Palm Beach State College. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Florida State University and a Master of Music in Flute Performance at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She performs with the Treasure Coast Flute Choir, the South Florida Flute Orchestra, the Florida Flute Orchestra and the International Flute Orchestra. Every summer, she teaches flute master classes at the Palm Beach County Summer Band Camp. She is a member of the Florida Flute Association and the National Flute Association.

Alondra  Bahls-Mariles  is  a  flute  instructor  and  aspiring  band  director.  She  has  a  degree from the University of Central Florida in Music Education and studied Flute Performance intensely  under  the  direction  of  Dr.  Nora-Lee  Garcia.  Her  experience  in  performance includes  recitals,  large  ensembles,  chamber  ensembles,  competitions,  and  even  a  tour through  Guatemala  with  the  Flute  Club  at  UCF. Her  teaching  experience  includes  three years of working in middle and high school sectionals ranging from concert, solo, chamber, and marching music. A native to West Palm Beach, she went to Santaluces High School and Dreyfoos School of the Arts where she experienced both worlds of intense marching curriculum  and  classical  study.  Additionally,  she  has  been  a  part  of  the  Florida  Flute Association since 2010 and has actively taken her students to the State Conference since 2015.  As a private instructor, Ms.  Bahls’  goal  is  to  inspire  students  while  challenging  them  through  meticulous  technique  and  exploration  of  flute repertoire in order to be fully prepared for activities such as Solo and Ensemble, All-County, and All- State.

High Brass

John Lovell started his musical career playing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  Later on he did a tour with the O’Jays and ended up touring with them.  He eventually moved to Miami and attended the University of Miami.  While in school he performed with many groups including Tony Bennett, Dianne Carroll, Bob Hope, and Ben E. King.  John is a Downbeat Magazine Award winner and currently is the Trumpet player for the world famous Coral Reefers Band with Jimmy Buffett.

Frank Bermudez Jr. is a Florida native and graduated from Florida State University. Bermudez is the band director at Palm Springs Middle School. He teaches trumpet lessons.

Andrew Lopez attended the University of Central Florida and works as a band director in the Palm Beach County School District. Andrew teaches trumpet lessons.

Low Brass

Chris Martindale is a brass player who graduated from FAU with a degree in Music Education. Prior to working for Music Man Chris Martindale was a middle school band director in Palm Beach County for 18 years.  He is a certified FMEA judge, clinician, and a sought after teacher. Mr. Martindale also is an active musician with the Palm Beach State Concert band as one of their Tuba players.

Kevin Cripanuk is a South Florida native, born in Boynton Beach, Florida.  Kevin is a graduate of Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education.  During his stay at FSU he studied with John Drew and Paul Mckee.  As an educator, he is currently working as low brass instructor in Palm Beach and Broward Schools along with many private lessons.  Currently he is the Assistant Director of bands at BAK Middle School of the Arts.  As a performer, he is a sought after freelance trombonist performing with big bands, orchestras, jazz groups, and commercial music across the state.

 

Jacob DiEdwardo, horn, is an active freelancer and private instructor in his hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Music degree in horn performance and literature from Northwestern University.  His primary teachers include Gail Williams (Chicago Symphony), Jonathan Boen (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Predrag Ivanovic (form professor of horn, University of Belgrade).  During the 2013-2014 season, Jacob was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  From 2014-2016, he was a member of Axiom Brass, a highly acclaimed brass quintet based in Chicago.  During that time, Axiom placed in the finals of the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Jacob also spent two summers with Axiom Brass as an Artist-in-Residence for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Currently, he is an artist in residence at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Independence Middle School and he performs regularly with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Eric Dunn was the secondary band director at The King’s Academy from 2000 – 2016. He previously directed at Lynchburg Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia from 1990 – 1999 and was director at Northampton Middle School from 1988 – 1989. Mr. Dunn received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from James Madison University in 1988 where he played euphonium in the top ensembles. He holds certification in music from the State of Florida. Mr. Dunn was a member of the National Champion Norwin High School Marching Band in 1982. He was in County, District and Regional Band as a student in High School and Intercollegiate band in College. He was also a member of the All-American College Marching Band for Ronald Reagan’s 1985 election. In 1997 he directed the Lynchburg Christian Academy Marching Band when they won the Bands of America Johnson City Regional Class A Championship. His bands also competed in the 1999 and 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The King’s Academy Marching Band has been Florida Class A State finalists in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Mr. Dunn has been recognized twice as an outstanding educator by the Virginia Governor’s School. He has also been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Dunn was a guest conductor for Louisa County’s 2008 Celebration of Music in Our Schools. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha professional men’s music fraternity as well as the Florida Bandmaster’s Association and the Florida Music Educators Association. Mr. Dunn is the founding co-director of the organization, STYRKE Wynds, the 2015 WGI Silver medalist in Winds Independent Open (WIO) class and 2016 WIO WGI Fan Favorite and Gold medalist.

Cleve Maloon has received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Augustana College  and a Masters’ in Music Performance from the University of Iowa. Cleve held the position of band director at Rock Island High School in Illinois from 1989 to 1996, band director and music department chairman at Palm Beach Gardens High School from 1996 to 2000 and Bak Middle School of the Arts from 2001-2012,  and band director at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches from 2012 to 2015. Cleve currently works as the band director at Emerald Cove Middle School. He also organized the Juilliard School Summer Jazz Program in 2011, 2012, and 2013 where middle school students were able to experience a sneak peak of life as a Juilliard student. Here at Music Man, Cleve teaches trombone.

 

Sara Shearon-Smith has been the band director at Okeeheelee Middle School for the last 21 years. Before Okeeheelee, she taught at Christa McAuliffe Middle, The School of the Arts, Holy Name of Jesus, and was a clinician at Howell Watkins Middle and Dwyer High School. Sarah received a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Music Performance on Euphonium from Western Michigan University. She earned her Masters of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic Univerisity, Sarah works as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College teaching Euphonium and Tuba. She performs with the Orchid City Brass Band and has performed with several other bands throughout Palm Beach County. Mrs. Shearon-Smith is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and National Band Directors Association.

Percussion

Steve Salo hails from Massachusetts, but has been a resident of Florida for over 40 years.  Steve holds degrees from Broward College and Florida Atlantic University.  Steve has led a dual career as a music educator and performing musician.  His versatility has led him to many musical generes.  Steve has played with such artists as Kaye Starr, Julius LaRosa, Shecky Green, Ferrante and Teicher, Boots Randolph, Eddie Fischer, Amy Grant, and many more.  He has toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra as well as performing with Jimmy Dorsey, Art Mooney, Guy Lombardo, and Marshall Grant.  Steve also performs with the Boca Symphonic Pops, the Florida Sunshine Pops and the Klezmer Company Orchestra.

 

Drummer, Frank Derrick, has led a multifaceted national and international music career. He is a virtuoso performer, composer, and educator. In addition to his many theatrical credits, he has performed with numerous legends including Eubie Blake, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Ann Hampton Calloway, Keely Smith, and The Louis Armstrong Legacy Band to name a few. He toured worldwide with Cab Calloway for 10 years and was the drummer for “The David Letterman Show” on NBC. Currently he is the drummer, assistant conductor and personnel manager for the Palm Beach Pops and drummer and conductor for the Bob Hoose Orchestra. He is the respected author of FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE FOR DRUMMERS, Drum set Editor for Percussive Notes, and makes guest appearances following the recent release of his new jazz-chart busting CD, THE BEAT GOES ON on the Jazzed Media label.

Strings

Carmen Del Valle Ruiz was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and her family moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. She started playing violin at the age of 11 and piano at the age of 15. Carmen attended Augusta State University on an academic scholarship and multiple music scholarships where she majored in music education. She was very involved throughout the campus and received many honors as a music major. In April 2008, she won the concerto competition and was a featured soloist for the university’s orchestra. Carmen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in December 2008 and the following Fall, started her Masters degree at Florida State University. During her Masters degree, she was an active performer and teacher. She graduated in April 2011 and became an orchestra director at a high school in Atlanta, GA. Last July, Carmen married Juan Acevedo and moved to West Palm Beach, FL. Currently, she is a local musician and a music educator.

Dr. Alice Naegele received her Bachelor’s Degree from Steston University, her Master’s from Southern Methodist University, and her Doctorate in Music Composition from Ohio State University.  While working on her Bachelor’s, she participated in the Study Abroad program in Freiburg, Germany.  She began her piano lessons at age 6, and violin at age 12.  After graduation, she began teaching private and group lessons at The Language and Music School in Oak Park, IL.  She is currently working as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College and in the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University, teaching Music Appreciation.  She continues to teach private piano and violin at her home and at Music Man, Inc.  She instructs group violin lessons at King’s Academy (5th grade) and Kindergarten and 1st grade group violin classes at Egret Lakes and Grove Park Elementary schools.  She is also the pianist at Lighthouse Baptist Church.

Joshua Lennox graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Music Education in May of 2016. He just finished up his first year as a teacher and strings director at Wellington Elementary School Fine Arts Academy. As a first year teacher, he has started a 90 student strings program and implemented a general music curriculum for grades K-2. He continues to play violin with the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and a number of chamber groups in the area.

A native of Brazil, Dr. Doug Ferreira earned the Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance at Sao Paulo State University. He moved to the United States of America where he earned the Artist Diploma and Master of Music in Bass Performance at Lynn University Conservatory of Music. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Bass Performance from Michigan State University. Douglas has performed widely with orchestras in Brazil and the United States including; The Florida Grand Opera, The Palm Beach Symphony, International Chamber Soloists, Orquestra Experimental de Repertório, and the Orquestra Acadêmica de São Paulo. In 2004 Dr. Ferreira was a winner in the Orquestra Experimental de Repertório Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the Karkoarko Chamber Orchestra and the Sao Paulo State University Experimental Orchestra. Dr. Ferreira has taught at Lynn University Preparatory Music School, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo College, Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, Porterville Summer Strings, and Birch Creek Orchestra Academy. Douglas has studied with Jack Budrow, Rodney Whitaker, Valerie Albright, Shigeru Ishikawa, Mark Morton, and Timothy Cobb, Principal bass of New York Philharmonic. Currently, Dr. Ferreira performs with Miami City Ballet and teaches throughout south Florida.

 

Nico Kiriazos has 15 years of performing experience, and is best known for playing electric and upright bass. He was first chair in the All District Band and bassist for the All State Jazz band. He has performed with several jazz bands, show bands, slam bands, bluegrass and rock bands.

Bassoon/Piano

Mary Oser is currently the band director at Wellington High School and has been teaching music for over 20 years.  She holds a B.M. degree from Florida State in music education where she studied bassoon and teaching.  Under her direction the WHS band has earned numerous awards and accolades.  Her private students consistently earn top ratings on auditions and Solo/Ensemble festivals.

Piano/Percussion

Carlos Mota started his professional music career at the age of 13 at the local venues in his native Dominican Republic. His first break was with the Anibal Brabo and Tipica Dominicana which opened the doors to travel and New York City’s Merengue and Salsa scene of the late 80’s. Since then work for some of the top Latin acts Wilfrido Vargas, the Moreno Brothers and Milie Quesada. Later transition to Latin Jazz and performed with Mario Rivera, Ray Vega, The Banda Brothers, Steve Turre, John Santos, Bobby Sanabria, Leah Babatunde to name a few. Carlos moved to Florida to study music at Palm Beach State College, and Jazz Performance at Florida Atlantic University under the mentoring of Dr. Tim Walters.

 

Piano

Mary Ann Williams graduated from Whitworth College with degrees in piano, organ, and elementary education.  She currently works in the autistic program at Forest Hill Elementary and has been the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church for over 30 years.  Mary Ann is versed in classical, jazz, pop, and religious music.

Voice/Piano

Alayna Carver has been studying classical voice and piano since a very young age. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has sung various roles in international opera programs, including the International Lyric Academy of Rome. Currently, she teaches chorus and hand bells at Wellington Landings Middle School since 2013.  She is also an active vocalist in her local church with groups as well as a soloist.

Roberta Rehner has been studying voice, piano and flute since she was a young girl and fell in love with the stage once she performed in dancing and theatrical productions.  She holds a bachelor of arts in communication and has been working toward her second bachelor in vocal performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she has completed her senior recital and piano proficiency exam. She is aspiring to continue in obtaining a Masters in music. She’s currently the soloist/cantor at St. Patrick Church and St. Ignatius Loyola Church both In Palm Beach Gardens. She has given many solo concerts over the years in Palm Beach County, Miami, Vero Beach and Nashville, TN including classical and jazz concerts and has also performed in professional theater productions and on cruise ships for entertainment productions.  She has studied under Marilyn Mims, Dr. Suzanne Galer-Wert and the late Dr. Richard Adler (Broadway composer).

 

Trombone/Bass Guitar

Christina Johnson holds a B.A. in Music Education from McDaniel College, where she was Vice President of Beta Alpha Chi (music honors society) for two years and served as principal trombonist in both the concert and top jazz band. She is currently working to finish her Master’s degree in Music Education from Towson University. During her college career, Christina studied electric bass for four years and has performed with McDaniel College’s Electric Bass Ensemble. Christina is currently the band director at Wellington Landings Middle School.

Why Is Music So Important to Your Child?  (and you!)

Students with one year of music participation show an 11% increase in academic performance, students with two years show an increase of 14%, students with three years show an increase of 17%, and students with four years of music participation show an average increase of 23%. (Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, 2010)

Students in music classes scored, on average, 50 to 100 points higher than students with no arts coursework. The difference in scores becomes more dramatic as the years of music participation increase. CEEB (College Entrance Examination Board, 2004)

The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling – training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression. John Ratey, MD, A User’s Guide to the Brain, 2001.

Students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematical proficiency by grade 12. In addition, differences in mathematics proficiency between students consistently involved versus not involved in instrumental music grew significantly over time. Caterall, Chapleau and Iwanaga, UCLA, 1999.

Music training does far more than allow us to entertain ourselves and others by playing an instrument or singing. Instead, it actually changes our brains. Actively working with musical sounds enhances neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt and change. Scientists found that musical training has a profound impact on other skills including speech and language, memory and attention, and even the ability to convey emotions vocally.

So what is it that musical training does? According to scientists, the findings strongly indicate it adds new neural connections — and that primes the brain for other forms of human communication. (Nina Kraus, Northwestern University, 2010)

Middle school students who study music significantly outperform their peers in algebra skills. While the link between music instruction and algebra achievement most likely lies in a combination of factors, the primary effect is a matter of enhanced brain development, researchers found. Middle-school music instruction ‘takes place during a time (age 10-12) in which a proliferation of new connections occur in the developing brain. These new synapses are formed and strengthened, at least in part, by musical activities that are undertaken during early adolescence. (College of Notre Dame, MD, 2010)

When teenagers were asked to express the life benefits of their music study, the most frequently mentioned skill was self-discipline, with students acknowledging that the hard work and dedication that are essential to participation in school music groups teach the valuable lesson that if ‘you stick with something and practice,’ the rewards will be many. Other students conceded that the concentration required for learning music and the process of memorizing music pieces had honed those skills in other areas of their schoolwork. Music was frequently described as a force for building one’s character, and many students expressed their belief that music was capable of directing them in shaping their broader sense of self, who they were becoming, and how they might succeed in the world. The students highlighted confidence, responsibility, compassion, pride, patience, and respect as aspects of their character they feel they owe, at least in part, to music. (Campbell, Connell and Beegle, Journal of Research in Music Education, 2007.)
Music will benefit your child in ways that no other academic subject will.

Congratulations on choosing music for your child!