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The Importance of Early Musical Involvement: A Retrospective

May 31, 2011
Santa Teresa High School  Jazz Band

Image by San Jose Library via Flickr

Article by: Devin Grant

Music. For many of us, imagining a world without it is unthinkable, almost tantamount to losing a part of ourselves. But while music is now so clearly a part of our lives in one way or another, it’s important to remember the gifts that it has given us along the way, and the benefits that it can bestow early in life. Finding myself working with music for the summer has made me think back on all of the ways that music has affected my life to this point, and being thankful for that past I feel the need to share these benefits, in the hope that young (potential) musicians can experience the same friendly, supportive helping hand that music has granted me.

Academic Benefits

In this section I aim to speak not from personal experience (that would be a tad pompous) but from the much more persuasive statistics. Many studies have shown a strong correlation between participation in music and academic success, particularly in mathematics. The links aren’t hard to find; it doesn’t take much effort to connect rhythms and fractions, mathematical formulae can be (and have been) written to mimic melodies, and the complexities of a skilled composition are mirrored in the many facets of a complicated equation. However, the academic benefits are not limited simply to mathematics; one study conducted in Southern California showed that students involved in musical extra-curricula’s such as band or choir on average had a GPA over half a point higher than their non-musical counterparts. Some studies have gone as far as to say that music majors have the highest SAT scores in all areas (as a math major I find that hard to believe, but we’ll leave it to the experts). Regardless, it is undeniable that music positively impacts academic success and it’s not hard to see why. Between building analytical skills from reading and understanding musical scores, to the work ethic gained by the necessity of regular practice, music teaches children many important skills for academia.

Social Benefits

While a somewhat obvious benefit, this certainly merits mention considering its importance. Anyone who has been involved in musical groups can tell you that it is practically unavoidable that you will make new friends through music. Many of my friendships started and matured through music, resulting in some of my very closest friends, as well as having friends living all across the country. They say that an important part of a friendship is having common interests, and when meeting through music this first requirement is already met. Regular practices as well as performances and other occasions provide the perfect grounds to foster a new friendship. Speaking from personal experience, music offers a venue for many otherwise shy, introverted people to break out of their shell. Whether it be playing solos, belting out a spectacular note, or simply performing as part of a group, music allows these people to make themselves heard in a venue where they can feel accepted and comfortable with themselves.

Personal Benefits

This is perhaps one of the more overlooked benefits granted by musical involvement. As mentioned in the previous section, music offers a place where people can begin to express themselves socially and break out of their shell. What comes with this opportunity is a means to grow as a person, especially where confidence is involved. I for one was very unconfident throughout my elementary and junior high school years, until jazz band, choir, and musical theatre performances gave me a chance to push myself into roles that I had never seen myself filling up to that point, making solo performances and even resulting in performing a 60’s love song in a white tuxedo (anyone who knows me well remembers this event, whether fondly or not is a point of contention). It’s hard to find a medium other than music that allows someone to push and improve themselves as much as music does. Of course emotionally, music has always been an incredibly important mode of self-expression, whether one is performing, composing, or simply listening. The connection between music and the human psyche is one of the strongest there is, and having music as a part of one’s life is truly a gift at a time filled with emotional turmoil. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but often the way to your own heart is through your ears.

Despite everything written above, the effect music can have on a young person truly can’t be expressed in words. Those of us who have lived it know how it feels, and we can only hope that many more of future generations will experience it for themselves. My message to today’s youth: play early, and play often.

Related Articles:

http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/studentdevelopment.html (Children’s Music Workshop)

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In Short – Around the Internet and World of Jazz, Blues and World Music

October 19, 2010

Kellylee Evans on CBC – Kellylee Evans was interviewed this week on CBC radio about her new album ‘Nina’, a tribute to Nina Simone. You can listen to the full interview here.

The International Song Writing Contest Deadline Extended – The International Songwriting Competition has extended its entry deadline to Dec. 3, 2010 find out more at their website at Link

John Lennon Song Writing Contest – In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Sonicbids has launched a song writing contest bearing his name. Find out more and submit your entry here

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues now Accepting Submissions for the 2011 Festival – Artists wishing to submit to perform at the 2011 WIJBF are now able to do so. Application forms and further details on funding and the submission process are available here

Early Bird Submission Dealine for JUNO’s is October 22nd – Find out more by clicking here.

Forget jazz flute — jazz triangle is where it’s at – Watch this amazing video where you realize music can be made in many different ways, Click here

R.I.P Marion Brown – Renowned saxophonist Marion Brown passed away this week aged 75. Read more

Musician’s to aid Igor Relief Effort –
On Tuesday October 19th a who’s who list of musicians’ from Newfoundland & Labrador will be performing at Mile One Centre in aid of relief efforts for Hurricane Igor. Included in the line up is previous festival performers Billy and the Bruisers. Find out more about this great event, Click here.

Celebrate Small Business Week – Drop in to the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board between  12-2 on October 21st in the main boardroom of the CNLBSC to (located at 90 O’Leary Avenue) to celebrate your successes and network with other small businesses/small business stakeholders. Please RSVP to NEA REDB at (709)-753-5554

The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper – The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper is a an online resource that compiles all the stories relevant to Newfoundlanders found on Twitter in one place. The site is updated daily and covers topics such as news, arts & entertainment and education. To take a look Click here.

New and Reissued Jazz Released Today – Click here

Any suggestions on what we should include in next weeks edition contact

ben@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

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Festivals Never Sleep

October 19, 2010

The 2010 WIJBF was a resounding success but we are not resting on our laurels. Preparation has already begun to build on our world class festival for 2011. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is excited to extend an invitation to all current and potential donors and sponsors to join us to celebrate another milestone: the 10th anniversary of the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival!

An early investment will help to provide opportunities to aspiring artists, educate young jazz, blues and world music enthusiasts, create employment, diversify and grow the city’s cultural heritage, and promote St. John’s as a world-class cultural tourism destination. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is more than the festival; it presents a year round calendar of events and is significant contributor to the music and arts community in Newfoundland.

In the coming weeks, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues will re-tool its sponsorship structure to provide even better flexibility, ingenuity and value without sacrificing the previous opportunities to actively engage our audience and enjoy a solid return on your investment. That’s part of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues’ commitment to and appreciation for its supporters. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues looks forward to your enduring support as together we build upon the fabulous success of the past ten years.

To find out more about sponsorship and how to get involved with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Please contact us,

Liz Dunbar ,  Executive Director, liz@wreckhousejazzandblues.com ,

Ben Waring, Marketing & Communications ben@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

Festival Never Sleeps PDF

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Music NL Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop October 30th!

October 8, 2010

Music Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to offer its export-ready musicians, managers and company representatives an advanced Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop on Saturday, October 30th held at the Delta St. John’s (Salon G) from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Learn the skill sets and tools to forward your career in the business of music!

This full-day advanced Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop, facilitated by internationally-acclaimed pitching consultant Jan Miller, is designed for export-ready artists, managers and companies who wish to perfect their presentation and one-on-one pitching techniques while developing relationships with music industry buyers.

Learn the components to strengthen your personal communication styles and adapt pitches for conversational, one-on-one business meetings. Participants will take part in an interactive, two-hour session focusing on the elements essential to conducting an effective business meeting through observing live, one-on-one pitch conversations in action. Guest Speakers: Shelley Nordstrom (ECMA Export Manager, Halifax, NS), Val Denn (Val Denn Agency, TX), Jonny Stevens (Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, NS).

I would like to thank you for the wealth of knowledge you provided during the export readiness training workshop. I feel very enlightened and excited to discover another avenue to direct my music. I took some great notes and the insight and materials provided will better prepare me for one-on-one meetings in the future”.

Patrick Molloy, Recording Artist

Pre-registration is required $25 and includes a light lunch.  To register, contact MusicNL at (709) 754-2574 (www.musicnl.ca).

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The Instigators Annual Halloween Party at the CLB Armory

October 7, 2010

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Sponsor of the Week: CBC

October 5, 2010

The 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival would not be possible without the support of our corporate and media sponsors.  To show our appreciation for their support, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) will be showcasing a different sponsor each week.  This week’s sponsor of the week is CBC.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of this country’s largest cultural institutions. Through the delivery of a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services, CBC-Radio/Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

As a Media Sponsor, CBC helped promote the artists and events taking place during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.  Television ads featuring the dates of the Festival and an introduction to the key performers were run on CBC leading up to the 2010 WIJBF.  Multiple Festival performers were also featured on CBC Radio in an episode of the Performance Hour, and radio hosts frequently mentioned the events on the air.  Several CBC Radio personalities provided hosting services for concerts during the Festival.

Promoting the Festival and its performers would be a nearly insurmountable challenge for WJB if it weren’t for the support and generosity of media sponsors like CBC.  That’s why WJB is proud to acknowledge CBC as this week’s Sponsor of the Week!  Thank you so much for your dedication and commitment to Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues!

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Photos of Jeanne Rochette Performance at the 2010 WIJBF

October 1, 2010

Jeanne Rochette gave a wonderful performance at the Masonic Temple during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival. Here are a small selection of photographs from the night;

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