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The benefits of learning a musical instrument

Learning a musical instrument is very enjoyable and rewarding. Even if someone is not naturally ‘musical’, sufficient practice can develop the necessary skills.

Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don’t. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child’s reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain.

Being successful in the world of music doesn’t necessarily require an advanced level of ability (though it helps!) – for example, the technical ability of many electric guitarists in famous bands is relatively poor, but if they have the ability to string a few simple chords together and create a catchy song, they can make millions and achieve worldwide fame!RockBand-SM

I teach the various different styles of guitar (electric, acoustic, classical and bass) and the piano, with an emphasis on creating music (song writing/improvisation) as well as learning existing songs/music.

I also run Rock Band for Senior School pupils every Friday lunchtime from 12.50pm – 1.20pm.

Mr Dodd
Guitar & Piano Teacher