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Seniors

 

 


According to the 2008 NAMM Global Report on Music,
82% of adults who don't play a musical instrument wish they did!


Playing an instrument enables a student to feel creative, to share with other musicians and keeps seniors mentally sharp and feeling better about themselves.


There is absolutely no shame in being an adult beginner, on the contrary!
Besides, if they had nothing to learn, would they need lessons?

 

Article by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.


It is never too late to start. Research shows that even a few years of musical training can build brain power. Many adults start musical lessons for the first time in adulthood, or return to music lessons that they discontinued.

Participation in music has long-term cognitive benefits, but it's also fun and can help brighten your mood. A song in your heart plus a song in your brain may give untold benefits for years to come!

According to a recent study, the rising popularity of musical activity should help future generations by enabling them to stay mentally sharp throughout their lives.

In the investigation, University of Kansas researchers Brenda Hanna-Pladdy and Alicia MacKay compared 3 groups of 70 healthy older adults ranging from 60 to 83 years old: nonmusicians, low activity musicians (from 1 to 9 years of formal training), and high activity (10 years of playing, including formal training). As you might expect, before comparing the groups, the researchers thought to control for every possible condition of importance, including the obvious ones of intelligence, physical exercise, and education.

The results provided clear superiority of the highly active musicians in several areas including spatial (nonverbal) memory, processing speed, and cognitive flexibility. The more the years of practice the individual engaged in, the better the cognitive performance. 

 

Christine has experience teaching piano and harpsichord to both beginners and advanced seniors,
in a fun and relaxed adult environment where they do not feel out of place
and where they receive exactly what they are looking for.


Students can either follow the ABRSM syllabus or a thoroughly customized program suited to their personal needs. 

 























 

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