Yamaha - More Than a Gift


More than a gift 

I can’t believe how fast time went by.

We are already in the Autumn half term, sometimes I ask where the time goes.

We love Autumn - the rusty colors of fall make me feel in love, the crunchy leaves on the floor, the pumpkin patches, the warm drinks and the Christmas wishlist from the children fills me with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

For my girls, writing a letter to Santa is one of the most exciting parts of Christmas. But this year, rather than writing a long list of toys and sweets, we motivated them to do something rather different.... choose one musical instrument for Christmas.

They were so excited that we enjoyed the half term in the music store. Natalie fell in love with the electric keyboard and 

Carolina was divided between the electric keyboard or electric drums.

As I have played some instruments during my childhood, I knew exactly which brand I should look for 

Yamaha of course

They produce the best musical instruments in the world.
I particularly like the way that Yamaha encourages children to play an instrument. 

When my children watched their videos showing the joy of playing instruments they completely fell in love with music.

The instruments are affordable to buy, easy to transport, the sound is fantastic and the design is amazing.I am passionate about musical instruments. I think that playing a musical instrument has many benefits and can bring joy to you, to your children, to your family and to everyone around you. 

Learning to play an instrument helps children develop important skills as well as supporting their education.For me, one of the greatest joys in life, is to sit beside someone who is playing an instrument and watching their body movements while they’re playing a beautiful piece of music.
The music brings me peace and pleasure.There are many benefits of learning a musical instrument for children. 

Science has shown that when children learn to play music, the parts of their brain that control motor skills, hearing, storing audio information, and memory, actually grow and become more active. 

Here are more of the many benefits of learning to play a musical instrument:

* Increases memory skills. Learning an instrument teaches a child how to create, store and retrieve memories more effectively.

* Teaches perseverance and creates a sense of achievement. Learning to play an instrument takes a lot of time, patience and practice. As a child reaches their goals, they will feel a sense of achievement and pride.

* Improves coordination. Playing an instrument requires the brain to work at advanced speeds. Reading music is converted in the brain to the physical motion of playing the instrument. Those who play instruments have improved hand-eye coordination.

* Improves math skills. By understanding beat, rhythm and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions and recognise patterns.

* Improves reading and comprehension skills. Learning and playing music requires constant reading and understanding. Children need to identify a note on the page and recognise which note (pitch) to play on their instrument, how long to hold it, what finger to use and how loudly to play it.

* Creates responsibility. Maintenance and care are important in keeping an instrument in working condition. Children must also learn to make time to practice and remember music rehearsals and performances.

* Exposes children to cultural history. Music itself is history, and each piece usually has its own background and storyline that can further appreciation of other cultures.

* Sharpens concentration and listening skills. Playing music requires concentration on pitch, rhythm, note duration and quality of sound.

* Teaches discipline. Practicing often and working on the hard parts of music and not just the easy parts requires discipline.

* Promotes happiness in the child’s life and for those around them. It’s not only fun for a child to play music they enjoy, it also feels wonderful to hear an audience applaud for giving a great performance. 

It can also be very honorable and gratifying for a child to voluntarily play in their community and see the happiness on people’s faces as they listen.I am more than convinced that the Christmas wish list of my children will have several Yamaha instruments.

 I am pleased to say that Natalie, 8 years old, has already gone for the electric keyboard and

 Carolina, 12 years old, has chosen the electric drums. 

The instruments will be a wonderful complement to their singing lessons.Learn more about Yamaha here


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