Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions we are asked!
They are many and varied! Here are just a few:
Boost Academic Skills
Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. Exposure to music helps children develop social skills and build confidence. It also helps make neural connections in the brain to develop memory and foster creativity!
Improve Test Scores
A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts. Johnson compares the concentration that music training requires to the focus needed to perform well on a standardized test.
And it doesn’t end there: along with better performance results on concentration-based tasks, music training can help with basic memory recall. “Formal training in music is also associated with other cognitive strengths such as verbal recall proficiency,” Pruett says. “People who have had formal musical training tend to be pretty good at remembering verbal information stored in memory.”
Refine Focus and Discipline
Learning an instrument or developing the voice teaches students about delayed gratification. Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece. Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention.
Foster Self Esteem
Lessons offer a forum where students can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence. The recital process, in particular, may help students understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement. Presenting yourself in public is an important skill whether you become a professional musician or not. This skill is easily transferrable to public speaking, job interviews and increased confidence in social situations.
At SNJ Studio of Music we are fortunate to employ the best and brightest music educators and teaching artists in the Omaha area. All of our teachers have vast experience in teaching and instrument specific university degrees, many with advanced degrees in their area. After a lengthy interview process, we only hire those teachers who are caring, nurturing, and imaginative educators passionate about their teaching.
Yes! We welcome students of all ages and goals. Our adult students range from professionals polishing their craft to the beginner who wants to sing in the church choir or play Christmas carols with the family. Whatever your goal, we meet you where you are and design a program tailored to you.
We operate year round with open enrollment, so you can start anytime. Private lessons are offered every day of the week so you can find a lesson time that fits your schedule. Our group classes are scheduled with the needs of busy families in mind.
Each instructor is guided by a broad and flexible curriculum using a diverse set of approaches tailored for each individual student.
We believe that any exposure to music can positively impact your child’s development in other areas of life as well. Enjoyment and having fun while learning music is first and foremost – we emphasize the process!
If you are interested in private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, acting or dance, just call us at (402) 933-1326 or fill out our interest form and we will pair you with an instructor and help you choose a lesson time. Online registration is available for our clinics, workshops and musical theater & acting classes.