So many results come from our vocal lessons. Research has found a significant positive relationship between musical vocal skills and non-musical speech production skills since music bypasses speech and language barriers in individuals. Many students find it easier to learn words in the form of a song than words in everyday speech, and demonstrates how music can be a powerful tool to improve speech and communication. The end result is increased focus, eye contact, concentration, ability to sing, and reduction of sensory overload.
Doesn’t everyone want to be a guitar player? You’ve seen the TV shows and movies. The musician gets on stage with a guitar strapped over their shoulder…they play one note and the crowd goes wild! We all want to be ‘that’ Rockstar. Our Rockstars Rising program will do just that. One of our biggest challenges was teaching beginners how to play guitar. Statistically speaking 8 out of every 10 people quit playing guitar after the first few months of lessons. However 9 out of 10 people prefer the guitar as being the instrument they would like to learn first! After a long search for a solution, owner Michael Grande sought out Travis Perry; the founder of the Chord Buddy. Travis appeared on Shark Tank in 2012, and introduced the Chord Buddy to all of the Sharks. The Chord Buddy simplified guitar playing in a way never done before. Within 5 minutes Travis was offered a deal from all four sharks! Michael spoke with Travis who agreed to work directly with Rockstars Rising. With the help of Travis, Michael put together a guitar program that would get anyone playing guitar within the first hour of playing.
What makes piano such a fantastic instrument to learn is the ability to see all of the notes…in black and white. Teaching piano introduces the individual to both visual and sensory skills. We encourage all of our students to get familiar with the piano as an introduction to hand/eye coordination. Our Rockstars Rising program customizes lessons based on the individuals learning level. We have found keeping learning simple is the most effective way to have a child playing in the shortest amount of time. While many music schools overwhelm their students with learning to read music, our Rockstars Rising program has the student play the piano immediately, connecting the sounds of the notes to the keys on the piano. We have found there is nothing more exciting than seeing a student light up with confidence after hearing themselves play a song they hear on the radio. This approach builds a level of self esteem and confidence at an extraordinary pace.
Many of our students have tackled their sensitivity to sound simply by playing the drums. By giving our student the ability to play as loud or as soft as they want puts the control in their own hands. We have found this helps the student forget about the volume and concentrate on the physical aspect of playing. This technique has also shown to improve their sensory skills as well. Researchers have found that rhythmic entertainment is the most helpful for improving social behavior because it helps the mind and body to relax and re-trains the body to its natural rhythmic patterns.
Playing drums also provides a functional activity that supports language skills such as categorization, sequencing, predicting, turn taking, listening, problem solving and following directions. The complexity and “call and response” action of drumming mimics and encourages human speech. The structure and repetition of drumming appeals to individuals and gives them an outlet for their emotions and a means to channel their energy.