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It is never too late to learn! Whether you are a young beginner student or an adult who used to play as a child and want to pick up where you left off, learning an instrument can be so much fun.

Music is a universal language which can be enjoyed by all. It has a power that brings people from all over the world together. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others. We hope to inspire young minds and help them to grow into confident musicians. Research has shown that people who learn an instrument achieve better results at school and become successful adults in society.

Whether you want to persue music as a career, or just learn for fun, we can help you achieve your goal and develop confidence in your playing.

Personal achievement

Students will be acquiring a skill that will bring immense personal satisfaction and pride when they are able to play their first tune, or make it into the school orchestra or band for the first time. Imagine the audience clapping you at their first school concert! And later on, your local youth orchestra, band or jazz group will provide new and exciting opportunities - truly something worth aiming for. Who knows one day students may wind up in a rock or pop band. Music is a great deal of fun, but is also hard work. It takes self discipline and dedication - great traits to attain at a young age.

Some people prefer to play their instrument on their own in the comfortable surroundings of their home. Others love to show off their talents and enjoy performing to crowds. Everyone is different but everyone can share the fact that they will get great satisfaction from playing their favourite songs.

A lasting pleasure

Music is a skill that once learnt will be with you for the rest of your life. Just like learning a bike, you never forget how to play. I have seen many adults come who had lessons in their youth but thought they would never remember what they were taught. They are pleasantly surprised to find that once the basics are re kindled it all comes flooding back!

The social side

One part of being a musician that brings great pleasure to many young people is the "social" aspect of music-making. To meet and work with other people of your own age and with similar tastes is always enjoyable. It's like belonging to a youth club, only better because working on a common task - like preparing a concert or a show, undertaking a concert-tour or entering a competition - brings you all together so much more

It makes you smarter!

Learning an instrument is good for your brain, body and soul! Reading notes involves having to focus on timing, rhythm, counting and keeping the beat. It is a great sport for your brain and will keep your mind active throughout your life.

Students who learn an instrument in their school years develop self-esteem and critical thinking skills. It also teaches discipline, achievement and is a huge stress reliever.

Many students take their instrumental tuition in school, and have to miss "normal" lessons once in a while in order to do so. Experience shows that in very few cases is their long-term progress in the "normal" subjects badly affected. Partly this is because pupils who take instrumental tuition tend to be intelligent and well-motivated and have supportive parents, and of course these are just the kind of pupils who do well in most subjects. The self-discipline and organisational skills required to learn an instrument (and it does take a lot of discipline and organisation to remember when your lesson is each week, to remember to take your instrument and music to school, to set aside time in each busy day to practise, and to organise that practice time in a useful and productive way) will help in every facet of school life. By taking up a musical instrument children are more likely to become a better student, not a worse one.

But there is an even more important benefit. Although the idea is still the subject of some debate, recent research in several different countries has suggested that there are strong links between musical experience and reading age, IQ, or the physical development of certain parts of the brain. To put it crudely, many experts consider that learning music makes you more intelligent!

In his book The Mozart Effect musician and educator Don Campbell of the American Music Research Centre describes how French research into the use of music with children with speech and communication disorders revealed that Mozart's music in particular can enhance time/spatial perception, and more recent research has confirmed that Mozart's music has a beneficial effect on the development of spatial intelligence. This year there has been publicity about the increasingly-respectable idea of playing music to unborn babies!

In an excellent article (The Music Teacher, September 1998) Sally Goddard Blythe of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology described music as "one of life's earliest teachers", and quoted studies from the University of London demonstrating a clear relationship between musical experience and reading age (Barwick, 1990) and from the University of California showing that music lessons had a beneficial effect on spatial reasoning (Rauscher and Shaw). She concluded that music is "... a primary language; in its most primitive form it is akin to sensory language. In its most highly developed form it is pure art. To squeeze it from the curriculum or sideline it so that only the most privileged or the most determined receive musical training is short sighted and may ultimately contribute to falling standards in both literacy and numeracy .......".

"The Mozart Effect" is a website containing interesting articles and links on the effect of musical training on children's intelligence and general education.

So what are you waiting for? It is never too late to learn an instrument!