Music is important in a child’s development. It is so important that some parents even expose music to their babies in utero. But why? What is it about music that is so important to a child’s life?
Music inspires creativity within a child. When a child listens to music, they dance and sing. In fact, Infants as young as 5 months naturally dance to the beat of a song. In addition, a sense of pride develops when a child makes up their own song. For instance, a child can express their creativity through piano lessons and proudly share it with their parents and teachers.
Music helps a child’s brain form important connections. These connections involve the right and left side of the brain and motor and cognitive development. To say that music makes children smarter is correct. The science proves it!
Childhood is wonderful, but can be hard. Children who are exposed to music from a young age can use it as an emotional outlet. Through music, children can express their feelings in a positive way. Also, music can be used as a tool to calm an overactive or upset child.
Gratz Opus 118 is the region’s music and dance center. We offer private lessons in guitar, piano, and voice. Every month, students can show off their skills at the recital. For more information, call (219) 462-4573
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For many generations, women’s progress meant incremental access to token roles of influence and power. From business owners to doctors, managers to entrepreneurs, key leadership positions were reserved for the few and exceptional. Progress in the 21st century means that seeing a “Ms.” in a leader’s title no longer causes a pause or a second glance. Valparaiso’s women influencers and innovators prove that leadership is a gifting that transcends gender.
Judith Neville, who, along with her husband, David, owns Gratz Opus 118, stresses that it’s important for women leaders to have confidence in their abilities and vision as there are those who still have trouble perceiving women as equipped to lead. “People will try to put you in the category where they want you and, as a woman, that can make you second guess yourself. But, if you’re made to do something you’re made to use that gifting.” For Neville and her husband, helping people recognize, embrace, and use their unique gifts is the mission of their ministry, Neville Ministries Incorporated, a mission which is at the foundation of Gratz Opus 118, too. “I’ve always wanted to go into business and to own a music studio, to have a place where people can be the best they can be and express their giftings.” She says the music store fits perfectly into David’s and her mission, and that the retail end of the store was a sweet part of the deal.
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It doesn’t matter whether you or your child want to one day play “Moonlight” Sonata (the original) or gather around the piano with family at holiday time and be able to play the songs you love to sing. The journey of learning to play an instrument is best traveled with guide who knows where you want to go and how to get there. There are a lot of teachers–professionally trained and otherwise–who are available to be that guide. But, who’s the best for you, or your child? Please click on the link below and read an article by Heidi Smith, product marketing manager for Alfred Music. Although her first audience is music teachers themselves, her checklist of what to look for in a great music instructor–instrument or voice is so very valuable. In a world where everyone seems to be looking for the quickest route there in the least amount of time, the precious gift of music-making is not to be rushed. It’s a journey to be enjoyed with all kinds of delightful surprises and achievements along the way. Opus 118 moments (see my very 1st blog)! We have teachers here at Gratz Opus 118 who are ready to travel along. We’re as excited about the journey and results as the students are!
Gratz Opus 118 is pleased to announce that we are adding drums/percussion and some other instruments to our instruction! This new instruction comes by way of our newest instructor, Nicholas DeHenes! Here’s a little more about Nicholas:
Nicholas DeHenes is a 3rd year music education major at Valparaiso University. He grew up in Chesterton, IN, and studied music with Vince Arizzi and Michael Scheiber while attending junior and senior high school. Upon graduation from high school, Nicholas attended VanderCook College of Music for 2 years. He is now a student at VU. Nicholas has been playing and studying the percussive arts for 6 years, as well as other instruments such as piano, guitar and clarinet. Upon graduation from VU, Nicholas intends to become a middle school band director, eventually planning to become a music theory professor.
Nicholas’s musical gifts are evident, and we welcome him to the Gratz Opus 118 family! Call us now to schedule lessons with this exceptional musician and teacher! (219) 462-4573