As if the joy of experiencing music isn’t enough, the benefits of learning to play music at a young age have been shown to enhance brain growth, language and math skills, the development of memory, attention, and concentration while fostering discipline, self-confidence, and social skills.
But the benefits of learning to play an instrument aren’t limited to children. It’s also been shown to have a positive impact on adults… from brain function, stress relief, boosting blood flow, and just the general sense of accomplishment.
On a recent episode of Influencers Radio with Jack Mize, Children’s Music Education Expert Miss Emily Baum discussed how she is helping kids ranging in age from 4-104 enrich their lives through learning to play the piano.
As a former elementary school teacher, Miss Emily specializes in teaching beginners. She busts through the old stereotype of piano lessons being a chore with her special teaching techniques including Musical Storytime for young children as well as using music as therapy and a tool for mental and physical fitness.
During the interview, Miss Emily shared a concept she so aptly calls Yoga for the Mind, saying, “I use the term ‘Yoga For The Mind’ because when we are doing yoga, and especially at my studio here in Hermosa Beach, there’s a fantastic studio, SoHo Yoga, in the heated space, we can only concentrate on the poses that we’re doing on our breath. And that takes you into a space of expansion and a place where you really kind of block out all the other things that are going on in your world and you’re focusing on yoga, and your breath, and the postures. And the same thing happens at the piano. It’s kind of a space where you’re focusing on reading the music, feeling the music, playing the music, singing the music, and just absorbing all of the benefits of that, and the result is joy, and the result is happiness and a feeling of uplift. So when I say therapy, I mean that sometimes people are having a rough day they come in, they have their piano lesson, and they leave with a smile on their face. And that’s really important in today’s times where life got real stressful. For two years there, we were doing FaceTime piano lessons and weren’t able to even come into the studio due to the pandemic, unfortunately. But fortunately, the FaceTime and the Zoom sessions were a big hit with my clientele. And I’ve created some online remote programs as well so that I can teach people all over the world.”
Miss Emily enjoys inspiring students with special needs and engaging them in musical activities as part of their therapy. Also a fitness and wellness enthusiast, Emily coaches youth and adults in healthy habits.
The environment of her studio is a peaceful fun place one block from the beach. From Steinway Pianos to Kohler and Campbell uprights and a group of magic keyboards, it’s a fun, magical place to make music and have an educational, relaxing musical experience each and every week.
Listening to this episode, it’s easy to understand how Miss Emily has touched the lives of so many students, creating GRIT and building the self-confidence to face life’s challenges.
Listen to the full episode at https://influencersradio.com/miss-emily-baum
To learn more about Miss Emily Baum visit https://MissEmilyBaum.com