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About Our Lessons
Since 1926, the goal of Robbie's Music City lesson programs has been to provide a fun, first class learning experience in a safe and StudioHallway1.pngcomfortable environment. Our profesional and courteous teaching staff will guide students through their learning experience. All lessons at Robbie's are 30 minute private sessions between student and teacher. With a group lesson, students that don't progress as fast as their peers can become frustrated and fall behind. Our one on one lessons allow for the student to be the center of attention for the entire duration. Students can learn at their own pace and concentrate on the areas where they are having difficulty.

All of our separatDrumStudios.pnge private lesson studios have window access and seating in the waiting area. Parents are encouraged to have a seat and observe lessons as they are being conducted. Each professional studio is spacious, comfortable and equipped with high quality musical instruments and accessories necessary for fun and successful music lessons. While our studios are well equipped, it is imperative for students to have their own instrument for practice at home. With the exception of larger instruments, such as pianos and drumsets, students encouraged to bring their own personal instrument for their lessons.

There are several factors that contribute to an individual's success on a musical instrument. First and foremost is instrument selection. The student should be excited to play the instrument that he or she chooses. ExciMariaKeeKee.pngtement to play the instrument will make it easier to encourage practice at home. Having a good teacher is another important key to success. Many students will try to learn on their own. This can lead to frustration, difficulty and worst of all, a complete loss of interest. Having an experienced teacher to guide you through the learning process can minimize and/or eliminate these pitfalls and aid the student in overcoming any obstacles and challenges. The most important factor, however, is personal commitment. The amount of personal achievment is directly related to the amount of time devoted to practicing at home and the quality of that practice time.

Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument
Increases mental capacity and enhances academic performance
Music and math are very closely related. By comprehending beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a student's brain to help him or her better understand other areas of math. As students progress, they will start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. This is a trait that can later be applied to other memory skills. Musical instrument classes also expose students to basic physics. For example, playing a string instrument such as guitar or violin, teaches young students about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as drums and the vibraphone, give students the opportunity to experience these principles

Helps improve time management and organizational skills
Learning how to play a musical instrument requires students to manage their time wisely and learn to be organized in their daily tasks. The quantity of practice time is not as important as the quality of practice time. In order for a student to advance as quickly as possible, they will need to organize their practice time and plan out the challenges they are going to work on. This teaches students to maximize their efficiency in practice.

Teaches patience, perseverance, discipline and responsibility
Learning an instrument teaches students about being patient and delayed gratification. Learning how to play an instrument takes a lot of time and effort. Students will learn to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece.  Playing an instrument also teaches students to be responsible. Every musical instrument has it's own maintenance requirements to keep it in playing condition. Keeping up with maintenance of your instrument as well as remembering scheduled musical events (lessons, rehearsals, perfomances), and making time to pratice are all responsibilities of playing an instrument. Playing an instrument also teaches discipline. Practicing often and challenging yourself with the harder parts of playing an instrument rather than playing fun stuff that you have already mastered requires a player to be well disciplined.

Enhances physical coordination and concentration skills
Playing a musical instrument will help students develop coordination and fine motor skills. When a student reads musical notes on a page, the brain is required to convert those notes into specific physical motor activities while also including breathing patterns and rhythm.   Percussion instruments, especially drum set, require coordinated movement and independence of the hands, arms, and feet. String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. Playing musical instruments will help students develop ambidexterity, enhance coordination, and perfect timing.  A student playing by his or her self is required to concentrate on several aspects of their playing such as pitch and note duration, rhythm and tempo, and the quality of the sound they are producing. When playing in a group even more concentration is required because the player must not only hear themselves, but also listen to everyone else in the group.

Improves mathematical ability, reading and comprehension skills
Playing music involves constant reading and comprehension. When you see the notes on a page you must recognize what note you are reading and translate it through the instrument you are playing. While doing this a musician must also make sure they are playing these notes at the right tempo and in the proper rhythm. As mentioned before, music and math are very closely related. Learning an instrument can boost the mathematical skills of a student by helping them understand division, fractions, and patterns.

Excellent form of personal therapy and stress relief
Playing an instrument is an excellent way to relieve stress. A musician can play a piece of music with emotion. This is a great form of personal therapy that has proven to relieve stress in people's lives. Music therapy has been very useful in treating peope who have depression, autism, and a host of other disorders. Playing an instrument can also promote personal happiness and bring joy to others around you. Playing a great performance in front of others is one of the most gratifying achievements in a musician's life.

Boosts social, team, and listening skills
When musicians are advanced enough, they will often have the opportunity to join musical groups like bands and orchestras. Playing in these groups often creates great friendships that can last a lifetime. This encourages teamwork amongst musicians and boosts the listening skills of each individual as they will have to both listen to, and work with, their musical peers to play different pieces of music. Playing an instrument requires an individual to listen to both themselves and others in an ensemble.  Musicians need to listen to themselves to determine if they are playing a piece of music properly.

Creates a wonderful sense of personal achievement, boosts self-esteem, and elevates performance skills
When learning a musical instrument, students will overcome musical challenges and obstacles that they didn't think they previously could.  This creates a great sense of pride in their accomplishments. Lessons are a place where students can learn to both accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence. Playing with a group may help children understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect; and that everyone has room for improvement. Presenting yourself in public is an important skill whether you become a professional musician or not. This skill is easily transferrable to public speaking and giving presentations. One of the greatest things about playing an instrument is being able to get up in front of a group and perform what you have learned. The more a musician performs, the less stage fright he or she will have.

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