Summer Music Camps at Musicians in Motion

Abandoned backpacks sit in a corner. Popsicle wrappers litter the kitchen island. Remnants of popped water balloons stick themselves to the hot concrete. It’s summer - and that means the kids have equal amounts energy and free time. While this combination is ideal for a parent’s day off, it might not be the most convenient thing during the week. Luckily, there’s a solution: summer camp. These packed weeks of group-oriented, engaging camps offer an unbeatable experience for a child during the summer. Moreover, specifically, focused summer camps offer a learning experience as academically beneficial as they are fun. That’s what we offer with our summer music camps at our Musicians in Motion Waxhaw location - an opportunity for growth, a discovery of passion, and a kick-butt time with new friends.

As a bonus, we’ve also partnered with our neighbors at Agradeahead, a tutoring center. We offer half-day summer music camps in the morning; they offer half-day academic summer camps in the afternoons. We’ve joined forces to offer discounted full-day camps for students to do both, with a break for lunch in between.

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Rock Band Camp

There’s no experience required at this camp where we teach you how to be in a rock band. No seriously - it’s just that cool. We cap our groups at 8 participants to ensure an intimate, focused environment. You can rock out with the guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, or even vocals! On the last day, we have a band camp performance that will be recorded and given to each student.

  • Dates: June 17-21, July 15-19, August 12-16
  • Location: 103 Waxhaw Professional Park Drive Suite H
  • Camp Instructors: David Dorenfeld and Ryan Lukas
  • Pricing: $149 ($285 for full day)
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable 30 days from the camp)
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Maximum number of participants per session: 8
  • Time: 9a-12p (9am to 4pm for full day w/ lunch break)

Songwriting Camp

While this camp has similar aspects to the rock band camp, most of the week is spent doing songwriting exercises and making a chord progression for an original song. After the song is written, the band will rehearse and eventually make a music video. On the last day of camp, the students will give a live performance for friends and family. This interactive, creative camp will be a very unique experience!

  • Dates: June 11-15 and July 9-13
  • Location: 103 Waxhaw Professional Park Drive Suite H
  • Camp Instructor: Ryan Lukas
  • Pricing: $149 ($285 for full day)
  • Deposit: $50 (non-refundable 30 days from the camp)
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Maximum number of participants per session: 8
  • Time: 9a-12p (9am to 4pm for full day w/ lunch break)

For more information, visit our summer camps page.

To sign up, please call (704) 769-3345.

Music & Math

Playing a musical instrument comes with many benefits. There are many physical and mental advantages individuals benefit from when it comes to playing an instrument. Piano playing, in particular, has a number of benefits that people of all ages can benefit from. No matter what musical instrument it may be, just know that’s it’s never too late to learn to play the violin, the piano, the guitar, etc.

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According to lindebladpiano.com, “specialized musical training in specific increments toward greater difficulty boosted second graders’ math skills significantly above their peers.” Research shows that when children learn to play music at a young age, their math skills tend to improve. It’s been proven that students who are musically trained have higher mathematics grades and standardized test scores, compared with students who have not studied music.

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There’s a wonderful advantage to playing the piano. Pianists’ mathematical skills improve with each piano lesson due to a process called spatial-temporal (ST). onlinepianist.com  claims that ST is essentially is the ability to think ahead several moves and see how individual pieces will fit into a larger picture (like a puzzle). ST reasoning is a key part of understanding mathematics, the world where everything has a place and purpose, as well as a key part of creating harmonious music in which every note fits and works well with the others. So when you’re playing the piano, you’re doing wonders for your ST reasoning, and your math grade will thank you accordingly.”

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Sound vibration is based upon vibrations per second so a pitch is determined by the speed of said vibrations. Rhythmically, timing includes studying fractions. Harmonically, it is all based on pitches played simultaneously such as 1–3–5 or 1–2-b5–5, etc.

Melodically, piano playing is more algebraic. Knowing those numeric values of the notes, allow music students to play in any key. If you only know how to read letters, you can only play in that key. Music is all about numbers! No, we’re not saying music automatically gives the gift of good math skills, however, being musically trained helps improve mathematical skills in the long run.

Like we stated before, it’s never too late to learn to play music. For more information about our music lessons and upcoming summer camp, visit our website.

 

Music And The Brain

Music! What would the world be without it? Boring. Since the beginning of civilization, the human race has incorporated the art of music into various activities. When your favorite TV show is interrupted by commercials, music is always present. When you’re active on social media, music is always present in some shape or form. We even use music to celebrate birthdays and holidays.

Yes, music is a big (and enjoyable) part of our daily lives. Music also plays a major role in brain development beginning at an early age. Did you know that musical instruments are said to be the best tools for developing the brain? It’s okay if you didn’t.

Development of the brain begins in the womb and doesn’t stop until death. It’s been proven that children that learn how to play music at an early age are said to develop faster than children who have not.  When children are exposed to music at an early age speak clearer, have strengthened social skills and adopt a large vocabulary for their age.

 

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The Novak Djokovic Foundation states, “According to researchers, the early years of childhood are critical to learn to unscramble the tones of music and to build up a mental organization system to memorize the music.” Just like language development, children develop and hone musical skills by memorizing song tones and rhythms. In other words, music is a great teacher to keep in the home when raising kids.

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Brain structures and functions are influenced when brain regions that are responsible for sight, hearing and movement, are used to produce music. Studies show that music training has been the gateway to better language and mathematical skills, and greater academic achievement. The differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in areas of the brain related to hearing and movement as well. Ever known someone that had “hearing like a dog?” If you have, it’s likely that person was a musician or music was a big influence in the development of his/her adolescence.

Parents, of course, play a role in how music is incorporated into a child’s life. By starting early and signing children up for music lessons for kids, parents who do this are two steps ahead. It’s recommended that children begin music education by enrolling in lessons that are specific to the instrument of choice i.e. guitar lessons, violin lessons, and piano lessons.

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Hello Waxhaw, North Carolina!

Change is always good and sometimes, with change comes discovering new places! Musicians in Motion is proud to announce our newest location in Waxhaw, North Carolina! The new addition to the music family is located behind the Snap Fitness (and adjacent shops) just north of downtown Waxhaw.

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Why Waxhaw? For starters, there’s loads of rich history in this little town and makes a great city to call home. According to waxhaw.com, “With a population of over 10,500 people, Waxhaw has managed to maintain its small-town charm and yet continue to achieve quality growth. The Waxhaw Historic District at the heart of town is on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts proud old buildings and unique attractions.“

We have chosen to focus on the south part of Charlotte and surrounding areas including Matthews, Weddington, Waxhaw, Indian Land and Fort Mill.

If you or your children are interested in music lessons in southern parts of Charlotte, NC, please do not hesitate to contact us to register. Whether it’s temporary or long-term, our music lessons will help develop an appreciation for music and the arts.  

We believe that musical education should be an adventure and an exciting one at that. We provide a structured learning environment while making lessons fun and engaging, encouraging practice and persistence. Our music lessons are satisfaction guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with your first lesson, we will refund your money.

We even offer private online lessons via Skype, Google Hangouts for students based outside North Carolina. Call, chat, email or stop by today to learn more. (704) 981-1718

How early can you start music lessons for your kids

Were you a parent who played your favorite music while your baby was in the womb, hoping they’d come into the world with an appreciation of the recording artists, musicians, and singers you love?

You’ve probably heard about the studies that show the many benefits of music education for youngsters. Music seems to help with language comprehension (lyrics), math concepts (rhythm and beats), motor skills (moving hands, arms and feet to the music), and confidence for young and old alike.

When, then, is “the best time” to start music lessons for your kids? At Musicians in Motion in Charlotte, we’d say you’re never too young to start.

One of the main ways little kids gain exposure to music is through their parents singing to them, rocking them back and forth to the beat, and showing them different instruments in person. When your child is in their first year of life, it’s a great time to initially expose them to music.

Since children develop at different speeds, you’ll generally have an idea when your child is ready for lessons. Does little Bobby bang pots and pans all the time? Does little Suzie sit at your piano and play with the keys? When you play an instrument, are your child’s eyes transfixed on it? If so, chances are your child will gravitate to a lifetime of music appreciation.

Ideally, if your child shows interest in music, you can start them in music lessons when they’re 3-years-old. Typically, at that age, they can handle about a half hour of “instruction.”

Most parents seem to start their children’s music lessons between ages 5 and 12. They can have one-on-one instruction or group lessons, and oftentimes teachers make “a game of it,” to hold their attention. Some songs little kids can master singing or playing (on an instrument) include “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The older they get, the more apt they are to expand their musical repertoire, and before long they’ll be in high school marching bands, musicals, and rock bands.

If you think your child seems destined to play a certain musical instrument, it’s a good idea to start them with lessons for that instrument at age 7 or 8. That is “prime learning time,” when kids pick up new skills quickly.

While elementary schools often teach basic music education, it’s a good idea to supplement their learning with individual lessons. At Musicians in Motion, our teachers give lessons in the comfort of your own home. Children look forward to their teacher coming over and showing them new songs to sing and play.

Sometimes kids try learning an instrument only to discover they hate it. That’s fine and normal. They usually discover a different instrument soon after, and attempt to play that one. By the time high school comes around, your child will be somewhat set on what they want to accomplish musically.

One of the best things about music lessons at an early age is this: your child will have a lifetime of enjoyment, being able to join music groups and bands when they’re older. We even have a local popular band that performs solely at Senior Homes. Playing music can be the highlight of your child’s life for years to come.

While it’s great to “start ‘em young,” any age is a good age to take music lessons. If you live in the Charlotte area, contact Musicians in Motion to see what we offer.

Post by David Lebel

Benefits of music lessons for young children

The rate an infant changes into an adolescent is a rapid one. Children physically change at fast pace. At the same time their brain development and social skills mature. It seems easy to recognize when it’s time to teach a child to crawl, walk or ride a bike but how do we know when to teach social interaction and help their brain growth? More importantly then when, is how?

 

Stimulating a child’s creativity has become one of the most effective ways to enhance brain growth. Whether you’re teaching him/her to color or introducing him/her to music, the benefits can be tremendous. According to an article from pbs , learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas including language development and problem solving skills. Aside from the mental advantages, music also helps with social skills as well as confidence building, improved memory and teaching discipline according to SheKnows .

 

Aside from all the development benefits, music’s greatest advantage can be teaching children to express themselves. Whether you plan on teaching them and instrument or having them sing, music in children’s life has numerous benefits that will stay with them as they continue to learn and grow.