Mr Rouillard's Young Musicians

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Why Music? Mr. Rouillard

Hello, my name is Mr Rouillard, and I am the itinerant instrumental music teacher for

Paradise Hills Elementary, Penn Elementary, and Zamorano Elementary.

I will be teaching all my students how to CARE for their instruments, how to play their instruments, and how to read music. This is what I focus on for the majority of the school year. Students will come to instrumental music class twice a week.

It is important for each child to come to class with their instrument, and book each and every time we have class.

My goal is to for all students to succeed at playing their instrument, to understand the fundamentals of reading music, and to respect and CARE for their instrument. It is also my goal to prepare the students for the middle school band experience.

Music is fun and also a lot of work.

Parents, Why music? Watch this video.

Read this short article on practicing. Practicing pays off more than you think

This short article makes a lot of sense. Children who study music out perform in reading comprehension.

How music effects a child's ability to process sight and sound. Studying Music Enhances Verbal Skills.

Benefits of Music Education

5 Reasons to Play a Musical Instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument offers a lot of benefits. I personally believe that if there's one thing you should learn in your lifetime, it' s how to play an instrument. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Playing A Musical Instrument Makes You Smarter
Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music to the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument too because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active eventually helping to sharpen the memory.

2. It Teaches Discipline
Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master playing your instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice and practice some more.

3. Playing A Musical Instrument Relieves Stress
We all have days when we are so stressed out and we just want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.

4. Sense of Achievement
If you're a beginner learning to play your first piece, it can be frustrating. But once you've mastered it, the satisfaction you'll feel is priceless. Never mind if it's just a simple piece, believe me you'll never forget the first piece you've mastered. You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.

5. Playing A Musical Instrument is Fun
Sure it can be a lot of hard work but there is no denying playing an instrument is fun. Once you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learned skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that will surely enrich your life.

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