Education, Kids

7 Reasons Why Music Is Important For Kids (And How To Get Them Into It)

As parents, we all want what is best for our children. We want to ensure that their mental, physical and emotional well-being is all developing strength as they grow. For the most part, kids will find their own way towards enjoying music, especially in their teenage years – although, as parents, we may not always favor their tastes! But learning how to play an instrument is where the real developmental benefits lay. Here’s why music is important for kids.

7 Reasons Why Music Is Important For Kids (And How To Get Them Into It)
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1. It improves their brainpower

The health benefits of music for children have been scientifically proven, and one particular benefit is in the improvement of their overall brainpower and memory capabilities. According to a 2016 study conducted by the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, musical experiences in childhood can accelerate brain development, particularly when it comes to reading skills and the acquisition of language. It is widely understood that music helps to stimulate the parts of the brain that are responsible for math, reading and even emotional development. 

Different instruments have been shown to offer specific benefits, too. For example, studies have shown that drumming develops the motor planning functions of the brain, essentially allowing for quicker and more efficient exchanges of information between the hemispheres of the brain. When it comes to playing the piano, one of the primary benefits is strengthening the brain’s capacity for split concentration – reading music, using both hands and working the pedals is a lot to do at once and significantly sharpens multitasking and concentration skills.

2. It can build their confidence

Particularly if you have a timid child or one who seems low in self-confidence, learning how to play an instrument can be very helpful. Once they realize that they can successfully develop a skill on their own, it can really boost their confidence and improve their belief in themselves and in what is possible. Furthermore, as their diligence results in even more improvement, both their confidence and their sense of self-determination can grow.

3. It can inspire creativity

Musicians are arguably some of the most creative people out there, and with music, there are also a variety of creative paths to take. Whether your child sticks to playing one instrument or several, or perhaps becomes interested in lyric writing or audio production – the options are vast and exploring one’s inner creative streak is celebrated. This can significantly benefit them as they grow into dynamic, artistic, and/or entrepreneurial adults.

4. It can help them to develop social skills

It’s common for children to experience challenges when it comes to adapting socially and as parents, it’s therefore prudent to encourage extra-curricular activities that promote socialization. Many music-based activities involve group work – choirs, school bands etc., all have a wonderful sense of collaboration and cooperation. These experiences help children to develop social skills – in how they relate to others, to both work under and assume leadership and discipline, as well as how to enjoy and appreciate team-based achievements and rewards.

5. It teaches them discipline

Successfully acquiring a musical skill requires discipline and lots of patience. They will need to practice regularly whether they always like it or not, especially when it comes to a group relying upon their improvement. This teaches children the importance of following through and recognizing that, in order to improve, they must put the time and effort in.

6. It is great for self-expression

Self-expression is vital in nurturing a sense of self, of creativity, of enhanced communication skill, and even a strong sense of identity. It is so important to foster a great sense of expressive freedom in children to ensure that they grow into more self-assured and expressive adults. For children who exhibit signs of overt shyness, music can be particularly freeing and beneficial in giving them new ways with which to open up. 

7. It teaches them patience

Working within any group or band requires patience. If your child is involved with a choir or other musical group, they will have to regularly wait patiently for either the leader to signal them to play, or for other group members who interrupt with challenges or questions. Through these experiences, they will learn not only the virtues of patience, but also what wonderful outcomes are possible when everyone works together patiently.

How to get your child involved in music

So, we’ve established all the wonderful benefits, but how do we get our children interested in music? 

Buy an instrument and set up some lessons – there is no guarantee that they will fall in love with that particular instrument, but if you show interest and make it fun and inclusive it’s quite possible. Make sure the instrument is child-friendly though, as some will require smaller versions, like junior drumming sets, for example.

Find the right teacher – this can be harder than it sounds, but it’s so important to keep children engaged long-term by ensuring that their teacher is a good fit for them and one who can keep it engaging and fun.

Make music a way of life – you may not be a musician yourself, but that doesn’t stop you from playing a variety of music, dancing, singing and taking your children to watch live music!

Children's Books, Education

Grace’s Rockin’ Roll Adventure, starring Steven Van Zand Children’s Book

Grace's Rockin’ Roll Adventure, starring Steven Van Zand Children's Book

Grace’s Rockin’ Roll Adventure – Children’s Book

Last summer I brought you a children’s book series review for, The Musical Adventures of Grace. In this series, Grace is the main character from the four part series and was inspired by the Author’s son, a cellist, about grace notes. The four stories occur within all 4 seasons offering a children’s book to appreciate music.

Now, in the book, Grace’s Rockin’ Roll Adventure, rock star and actor Steven Van Zandt, connects music and early elementary reading, science, and math. From the original series, what Grace did not know was that she was going to meet somebody special and receive a big rock & roll surprise along the way…

Grace's Rockin’ Roll Adventure

Grace and friends class win a prize to attend a concert where Little Steven Van Zandt’s band is playing. At the end of the concert, Little Steven Van Zandt gives her an electric guitar which inspires her and her friends to learn about rock and roll and to become a Rock and Soul musician herself. Order Grace’s Rockin’ Roll Adventure, starring Steven Van Zand Children’s Book today at a great discount!

Education, Food/Beverage

Management Tips from Reputable Restaurant Management Companies

Management Tips from Reputable Restaurant Management Companies

Initial capital and a good location are significant predispositions for a successful business. But what makes the essence of success in the hospitality industry is the knowledge and love for what you do. Running a restaurant, whether you are an owner or just a manager, is a job that requires hard work. But it can be very satisfying if you follow specific guidelines.

Some tips on entering the hospitality industry with your own business are below:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/73384

Many times restaurants have a great menu and a great business plan. Still, they are not making the most of their surroundings. For a restaurant to thrive and succeed, it must keep consistency and attract new customers over and over. The best management tips are those that focus on attracting new guests and making successful changes along the way.

Be Proactive

Maybe the best tip you can get when you’re into restaurant management is to be proactive. Most owners and managers don’t have the time to research the market and competition. It means they’re usually catching up with others instead of taking the lead. 

Planning and anticipating are qualities that characterize every successful manager. To do that, you need to know not only the market but also the facility you run and the resources you have. List the things your restaurant needs in the next few months. Determine priorities and start solving them fast. This way, you will avoid backlogs and downtime due to lack of staff, problems with suppliers, etc.

Make Guests Happy

Owners and managers need to think about ways to improve the efficiency of the restaurants. That’s an area where many are lacking. Still, with a more proactive approach, they can develop many great ideas to increase guest satisfaction. 

Some of the things that managers can do include holding frequent customer appreciation events or rearranging the space to be more appealing. That will keep current guests aware of the finer details of their favorite place. Also, new visitors may decide to come in just to experience the atmosphere. 

Sometimes just changing the menu prices can make a huge difference. It’s not a bad idea either to understand the psychology of people coming to your restaurant. This way, you and your staff will cope better with demanding or dissatisfied guests, last-minute cancellations, special requests, etc. See here when the saying ‘customer is always right’ doesn’t have much sense.

Staff Is the Essence

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Every seasoned manager knows that good staff plays a huge role in the success of any business. Finding hardworking, productive, and loyal employees is a demanding task. So staff changes should only be made when necessary, as it can be a vast expense in the hospitality industry (especially in the last months).

Many great restaurants have only a few employees in the core team. Guests also feel better when they see familiar faces instead of new ones every once in a while. Instead of hiring new people every so often, you should create a reliable team to move towards success.

Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is essential when running a restaurant business. It can go a long way towards making the restaurant environment a pleasant one for everyone. Otherwise, you won’t be able to draw in new guests. Word-of-mouth about your or staff’s behavior can be quite harsh.

In order to be successful as a restaurant manager, you will need to instill a positive attitude within employees. Most owners find that they have more success when there are great energy and chemistry among staff. The positivity is spread to the guests who enjoy every moment of the visit.

Invest in Advertising

As for management proactivity, you have to adhere to that approach when it comes to marketing. Many hospitality businesses failed because they didn’t advertise effectively. Sure, word-of-mouth is a great way to get good recommendations. But you can’t rely solely on that.

You should be promoting in areas that show what your restaurant offers. Proper market targeting will help you stick to a budget and achieve great results. A rule of a thumb for good restaurant management is to advertise at all times, including off-peak hours. Also, use every means you can (social media, banners, signs, print ads, etc.).

When you’re trying to increase your customer base, it’s important to be proactive in your market approach and advertising. You should put your guests’ satisfaction first, but don’t ever neglect the importance of your staff.