Remote Music Lessons to Broaden Your Horizons

The past several months have been challenging. A pandemic forced us inside and limited our ability to gather, often resulting in high anxiety and stress levels. Civil unrest added to our anxiety. We’ve had to adapt quickly to a new way of doing things.

People across the globe started making music together from their windows and balconies. From  Italians singing from their balconies to police playing guitar on patrol in Spain to New York City residents singing along to a rendition of The Beatles Yellow Submarine from their windows, music became a universal way to connect and soothe our souls. Music has been a tool for spiritual healing and social bonding for thousands of years amid plagues and pandemics.

Ancient cultures that turned to music to heal only knew that it somehow made them feel better. Today, we have access to scientific evidence that explains that music’s power is deeply rooted in neurobiology.

The benefits of music extend beyond alleviating pandemic-induced anxiety, stress and isolation. Music has myriad educational advantages. High school students who study music score significantly better in math, science, and English than their non-musical peers. Music also helps with mental health and singing lyrics can be especially helpful to people recovering from a stroke, brain injury or dementia.

The act of merely listening to music can modulate our heart rates and the activity of our brain’s neural networks, explains Daniel Levitin, a professor of psychology who researches the cognitive neuroscience of music at McGill University in Canada. “Music activates nearly every region of the brain we’ve mapped so far.” This discovery hints at music’s universality and power to affect us.

Music moves us. It inspires us. It heals us. It connects us. The joy of music is available to everyone, not just professional musicians. Music builds community, even when the community comes together through technology.

The pandemic has propelled us to communicate, share and learn virtually. Nearly every experience can be accessed remotely—education, celebrations, business meetings, fitness classes and music—and although the experience is not the same, technology has enabled us to create collectively.

Although the Concord Conservatory of Music offers a full portfolio of traditional music education including private instruction, ensembles, theory, group classes and composition, it also has a selection of unique class offerings, several of which are available remotely:

Aspiring songwriters will use GarageBand, Logic or an equivalent tool to learn harmony, melody and lyric writing ideas.

A voice therapy opportunity for the Parkinson’s disease community featuring singing, performing and experiencing the joy of making music.

Invite the power of music into your life. Learn more about our offerings and consider the many ways it can enhance your life. As Plato explained, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything else.”

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