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Music to Your Ears - Starting Music Lessons

In the first few weeks of business it has occurred to me that, for those who haven't studied an instrument, it can be easy to overlook the other gains that a student makes when taking lessons. Regardless of one's natural ability, a virtuoso is not created overnight.

Remember when your child learned to walk? First they watched you in envy of all the trouble you could get into. Then they began pushing

themselves up in order to keep a closer eye on you. When you fled from their tears they learned to pull themselves cleverly across the floor. But you were too fast, and finally they learned how to hunt you down and make demands. And yet it seems impossible to remember a time when you could actually flee from them.

Oh my, have I gotten off course? My point is, simply, that it didn't happen instantaneously. When a parent comes in and wants to try two lessons, inside I feel a moment of shock. Why, your child will never get passed staring at the mobile! One of the greatest things that lessons can teach is to slow down,

focus on a project, and learn to regularly accept feedback and advice from someone more knowledgeable. Students learn to work towards long range goals, to act on the counsel of a mentor, to respond to criticism without taking it personally, to learn the power of the age-old combination of self improvement and hard work... my goodness, they learn to excel! And we haven't even touched on all of the studies showing the connection between early music lessons and the development of spatial skills, temporal reasoning and improved math skills. Imagine the advantage this will give them in life. And isn't that music to your ears?

- Sheri Thrasher

Sheri Thrasher is a co-owner of Excel Music, professional vocalist,
published author and lifelong artist.

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- Tune Yourself Up - by Robert Yaniz - New Tampa News, September 2006
- Excel Music Owners Share The Joy Of Music With New Tampa - by Melissa O'Brian - New Tampa Neighborhood News, May 2007
- Excel Music: The Art of Teaching Students One Note at a Time - by Alicia Pack - New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News, September/October 2011
- Tony Coleman, Drummer for Blues' Great BB King at Excel Music - by Sheri Thrasher - The Advisor, February 2012