|Posted on June 18, 2016 at 6:50 PM||comments (4)|
Stacie Blair Studios lost one member of its family this past month. Mozart the musical cat is moving to a new home in Miami, where he is living with his dad and another musical cat friend. Sad day as it was, we have the pictures to prove that Mozart is adapting just fine in his new home:
(Sorry the photo is a little blurry, but Mozart was never good at standing still, and apparently neither is his friend. )
Anyway, enough with the bad news. Now we have some good news, we moved too!!! Stacie Blair Studios has officially moved to a new location in Astoria, and it's awesome.
Also, we are in the process of getting our brand new Yamaha YDP 143 piano. Once it arrives, Stacie Blair Studios will also be able to teach from its own location. (We can still travel to you though, as long as you don't live in Guam! Lol)
So many other wonderful things are happening with the studio. So keep following our blog, and sign up for a lesson today!
All the best,
"If Music be the food of love, PLAY ON!"
|Posted on June 17, 2016 at 6:00 PM||comments (2)|
We came across this article on day while browsing the internet. This article speaks about all the things that Stacie Blair Studios beleives in. That music is more than just an art, its an experience. We also believe it can make you healthier and happier, and this article proves it! So in other words, MUSIC THERAPY ROCKS!!!!
Check it out on the actual website:
Or just read it here!!!!
Music has proven time and again to be an important component of human culture. From its ceremonial origin to modern medical usage for personal motivation, concentration, and shifting mood, music is a powerful balm for the human soul. Though traditional “music therapy” encompasses a specific set of practices, the broader use of music as a therapeutic tool can be seen nowadays as doctors are found recommending music for a wide variety of conditions.
1: Music Helps Control Blood Pressure and Heart-Related Disorders
According to The Cardiovascular Society of Great Britain, listening to certain music with a repetitive rhythm for least ten seconds can lead to a decrease in blood pressure and a reduced heart rate. Certain classical compositions, if matched with human body’s rhythm, can be therapeutically used to keep the heart under control. The Oxford University study states, “listening to music with a repeated 10-second rhythm coincided with a fall in blood pressure, reducing the heart rate” and thus can be used for overcoming hypertension.
2: Listening and Playing Music Helps Treat Stress and Depression
When it comes to the human brain, music is one of the best medicines. A study at McGill University in Canada revealed that listening to agreeable music encourages the production of beneficial brain chemicals, specifically the “feel good” hormone known as dopamine. Dopamine happens to be an integral part of brain’s pleasure-enhancing system. As a result, music leads to great feeling of joy and bliss.
It’s not only listening to music that has a positive effect on stress and depression. The Namm Foundation has compiled a comprehensive list of benefits of playing music, which includes reducing stress on both the emotional level and the molecular level. Additionally, studies have shown that adults who play music produce higher levels of Human Growth Hormone (HgH), which according to Web MD, is a necessary hormone for regulating body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and possibly heart function.
For more on how music can be composed to benefit the brain, read about States of Consciousness and Brainwave Entrainment.
3: Music Therapy Helps Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
Music therapy has worked wonders on patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. With Alzheimer’s, people lose their capacity to have interactions and carry on with interactive communications. According to studies done in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, “When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.”
4: Studying Music Boosts Academic Achievement in High Schoolers
Image via National Endowment For The Arts
Early exposure to music increases the plasticity of brain helping to motivate the human brain’s capacity in such a way that it responds readily to learning, changing and growing. “UCLA professor James S. Catterall analyzed the academic achievement of 6,500 low-income students. He found that, by the time these students were in the 10th grade, 41.4% of those who had taken arts courses scored in the top half on standardized tests, contrasted with only 25% of those who had minimal arts experience. The arts students also were better readers and watched less television.” This goes to show that in the formative stages of life, kids who study music do much better in school.
5: Playing Guitar (and Other Instruments) Aids in Treating PTSD
Image via Guitars For Vets
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shared a study in which veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced relief by learning to play guitar. The organization responsible for providing guitars, Guitars For Vets “enhances the lives of ailing and injured military Veterans by providing them free guitars and music instruction.” Playing music for recovery from PTSD resembles traditional music therapy, in which patients are encouraged to make music as part of their healing process. Guitar is not the only instrument that can help PTSD. In fact, Operation We Are Here has an extensive list of Therapeutic Music Opportunities For Military Veterans.
6: Studying Music Boosts Brain Development in Young Children
A research-based study undertaken at the University of Liverpool in the field of neuroscience has light to shed on the beneficial effects of early exposure to music. According to the findings, even half an hour of musical training is sufficient to increase the flow of blood in the brain’s left hemisphere, resulting in higher levels of early childhood development.
The Portland Chamber Orchestra shares, “Playing a musical instrument involves multiple components of the central (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (nerves outside the brain and spinal cord) nervous systems. As a musician plays an instrument, motor systems in the brain control both gross and fine movements needed to produce sound. The sound is processed by auditory circuitry, which in turn can adjust signaling by the motor control centers. In addition, sensory information from the fingers, hands and arms is sent to the brain for processing. If the musician is reading music, visual information is sent to the brain for processing and interpreting commands for the motor centers. And of course, the brain processes emotional responses to the music as well!”
7: Music Education Helps Children Improve Reading Skills
Journal Psychology of Music reports that “Children exposed to a multi-year program of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers.” In the initial stages of learning and development, music arouses auditory, emotional, cognitive and visual responses in a child. Music also aids a child’s kinesthetic development. According to the research-supported evidence, a song facilitates language learning far more effectively than speech.
8: Listening To Music Helps Improve Sleep
Image via Wikimedia Commons
According to The Center for Cardiovascular Disease in China, listening to music before and during sleep greatly aids people who suffer from chronic sleep disorders. This “music-assisted relaxation” can be used to treat both acute and chronic sleep disorders which include everything from stress and anxiety to insomnia.
9: Playing Didgeridoo Helps Treat Sleep Apnea
A study published in the British Medical Journal shows that people suffering from sleep apnea can find relief by practicing the Australian wind-instrument known as the didgeridoo. Patients who played the didgeridoo for an average of 30-minutes per day, 6 days per week, saw significant increases in their quality of sleep and decreases in daytime tiredness after a minimum period of 3-months of practice. Dr. Jordan Stern of BlueSleep says, “The treatment of sleep apnea is quite challenging because there is not a single treatment that works well for every patient. The didgeridoo has been used to treat sleep apnea and it has been shown to be effective in part because of strengthening of the pharyngeal muscles, which means the muscles of the throat, as well as the muscles of the tongue.
|Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
I came across this statement on NAFME's (The National Association for Music Education) website. It was just so well written and explains everything about why I do what I do perfectly.
"Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Early interaction with music positively affects the quality of all children’s lives. Successful experiences in music help all children bond emotionally and intellectually with others through creative expression in song, rhythmic movement, and listening experiences. Music in early childhood creates a foundation upon which future music learning is built. These experiences should be integrated within the daily routine and play of children. In this way, enduring attitudes regarding the joy of music making and sharing are developed.
"All children have musical potential. Every child has the potential for successful, meaningful interactions with music. The development of this potential, through numerous encounters with a wide variety of music and abundant opportunities to participate regularly in developmentally appropriate music activities, is the right of every young child."
Thank you NAFME, this is exactly why no child is ever too young to start learing about Music. If it's started at and early enough age, children will develop a basic musical understanding. Chances are, they will also be more likely to want to learn to play their own instruments when they reach an older age. I can't tell you how many parents I have come across that had their child in Music Together who tell me how their child has decided to learn how to play Piano, Violin, Drums, etc. It really works. I'm not saying you will have guaranteed the brilliance of a second Mozart or Bach for that matter because of class. I'm saying that because the child was able to experience (and yes, EXPERIENCE in the perfect word) music so early, it does spark something.
Besides the joys of listening to music, lets not forget that it's also good to help develop a childs math and social skills.
So in closing, give your child a chance. You never know. I assure you that when you do introduce music to a child so early on, you are giving them one of the greatest gifts mankind has to offer. A great gift with some great perks.
Music, Love, and Harmony to all
|Posted on February 13, 2015 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
I had a wonderful opportunity this past Monday to perform with the Murder Mystery Cafe in Princeton! They cast me as the "lounge singer"
and I had a wonderful time singing as well as acting! I had the privilege of performing with some great artists. Special thank you to Larry, Christian,
and Kevin for an amazing time! Mozart the cat was a little dissapointed he couldn't make it out to my gig, but he stayed home and watched the piano
for me instead!
Below is a great shot of me and Christian. He is our head contact/actor for all performances in the NYC/Metro
area and is the co founder of the company "Speed of Thought Players".
Larry was an amazing guitar player. It really was an honor to be able to work with such a talented Jazz Musician.
A great shot of me hamming it up from the POV of Kevin.
Anyway more photos of up and coming performances to come!
Until then, make MUSIC!!!
|Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Well it was a pretty crazy 2014! Stacie Blair Studios had to go on hiatus temporarily due to the fact that I had to relocate. Mozart himself was sad to see Staten Island go, but he LOVES his new home and he can't wait to meet you!
(To those who don't know, Mozart is a cat and official Studio mascot.) He asked me to add this photo of him, but I'll warn you all, it involves major cuteness!) He's not opening his eyes, but that's because he thinks he's too cool to do it. (One of his favorite things to do is listen to people sing, trust me, he is very welcoming.)
On another (and sort of sad note), due to the move, Stacie Blair Studios can no longer serve clients on Staten Island.:( I apologize.
However, for all my NYC METRO AREA and NJ residents, Stacie Blair Studios is still running!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you. Now is an even better time to sign you or yourself up for Voice lessons/Piano lessons.
Mozart the cat and I can't wait to hear from you!
Have a wonderful Weekend!
Stacie (Founder, Stacie Blair Studios)