Kyle has been a guitar student of mine for 2 1/2 years. He loves to play classic rock, blues, and just jamming with friends in a band. Over the last few years I have seen him make amazing improvements in his musical reading and fingering techniques. Kyle is a wonderful student and a amazing young man. In fact, I think that other parents will like him so much, that I have decided to invite him to be a student teacher for “Guitar Confidence”. [click to continue…]
Rex Lee Bell Guitar Lessons San Ramon
I have about a dozen tudents in San Ramon CA taking guitar and banjo lessons. Most are elementary and middle school students. This is the perfect age group to begin taking guitar lessons – there bodies are growing fast and their ability to enhance mind body coordination is at a high level.
There are numerous studies that show how music can enhance brain development and learning. So, learning to play the guitar or any other instrument has benefits way beyond just becoming a rock star!
Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.
Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a nonmusician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain,” says Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches a specialized music curriculum for children aged two months to nine years. Read more »
Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language. Read more »
Here are a few comments on how these guitar students i San Ramon feel about their guitar lessons:
- Good teacher and patient
- Fun and exciting
- Fun and educational
- Convenient because Rex comes to my house and he’s teaching the basics
- Rex is easy going and fun
- Enthusiastic and motivating
- Rex makes sure you understand each lesson
- Challenging, but fun
Another thing about these youngsters is that they already have very specific genres of music likes and dislikes. It’s fun to be teaching the next country music legend and then go to the next rock star’s house!