Full Body Work-out for your Brain!

“When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects […]

The After School Attitude!

I ran across this article on Facebook and noticed the comments from parents before even reading it. They were mostly the same – “Thank you for posting!! This is so helpful!”  Well I decided to take a look, and yes, it’s definitely helpful. Many parents are experiencing the “After school Attitude” and it’s not fun. […]

Music Students are Smarter: Here’s Why.

People who have musical training are generally very smart.  Have you wondered why?  Read on! Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help […]

Music and Your Baby: Newborn to 1 Year Old

Can listening to music benefit my child? Definitely. Think about how music affects you—how an upbeat tune chases away the blues and soft music helps you fall asleep. Your baby is no different. Lullabies have a proven track record for soothing infants—ask any parent who has resorted to singing them when the baby wakes up […]

Learn more songs on guitar & ukulele!

If you don’t know about this already, it’s time you check it out: RiffStation Beta!  Basically it’s a site that allows you to very quickly and easily search songs you want to learn how to play.  I searched Green Day, Time of Your Life (because Green Day is awesome if you didn’t know…).  Check out […]

Theatre is HERE!

Drum roll please……….. Elizabeth Farrell Music is proud to announce our new Theatre division! YAY! We know our students love music, but it doesn’t stop there. We see the interest you all have that expands throughout all the performing arts, so we wanted to give you more!   We have an amazingly talented and experienced new […]

Recital Etiquette – For the Audience

Recitals are a great opportunity for both the students and teachers to exhibit the progress made throughout the year.  Parents and guests play a big part as well, and should be shown their role as the supportive team behind their performers.   With that being said, as an audience member at a music recital, you should be […]

Recital Etiquette – For Performers

Attention Performers!! It’s about time for your recital!  Whether it’s the 1st or 10th, it’s always good to know what is expected of you.  Below you’ll find some universal rules of etiquette to know when you are going to perform at a recital. HAVE CLEAN HANDS! Dirty, sticky, or oily fingers can hurt your performance and […]

Musicians have Broader Minds!

There is a great website that you can navigate to hear from music parents and students themselves.  Using information from studies and research, the Broader Minded movement picks a fact and then uses stories from real parents and students to show how it is carried over into our lives.  Here’s a sampling (but there is SO […]

Funny Things Only Musicians Will Understand!

Here’s a little collection of funny music pictures.  Only those of us who play or have played will really appreciate this.  If someone doesn’t get it – tell them it’s obviously time to go take some music lessons! 🙂