Monday, 15 October 2018

4 Reasons You Should Play the Drums


Everyone has a sense of rhythm, it is instinctive to tap and respond to a rhythm of a song. Drums is a very accessible instrument where anyone can just sit down and tap just any rhythm, on any surface, that comes to mind. It is fun, always a happy experience and the perfect workout for one’s intellectual, social and creative development.

1. Improves motor and cognitive skills:
Yes, Playing the drums can make you smarter and better coordinated. Drums is one of those instruments where all our limbs are used during the activity. Thus, it requires certain concentration towards co-ordination of those movement to create a rhythm. As the rhythms gets complicated, so does the co-ordination. All these valuable skills effectively give the left and right side of your brain a complete workout i.e. it can enhance the capacity of a human brain and enable one to perceive and tackle complicated analysis with relative ease. Also, some drum rhythms require independency in all your limbs which will help improve your cognitive skills as well as boost your brain power.

2. Reduces stress and frustration
There is no better instrument to let go of all your frustration and stress than the drums. It has an incomparable capability to boost your mood and helps you take a breather from all your scheduled hectic activities. If you’re going through the stress and pressure from school related activities or you’re stressed from hectic deadlines at work, just a couple minutes of hitting and playing the drums can give you the relaxation you really need. So, if you ever feel like bursting out of your dull routine, just find a drum and beat the heck out of it.



3. Develops Confidence
In any band, the drummer plays a vital role. The drumming forms the base and is the backbone of the whole ensemble. It carries the rhythm, in fact it carries the song, it is the beat to which the whole band plays. So, the rhythm of drums has to be played with confidence and lot of dynamics(feel). Although, confidence comes with practice and concentration, drums can really bring the best out of you as it can provide instant feedback.

4. Health and Fitness:
‘Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon’, Neil Peart, Drummer of the band Rush. Playing drums is one of the most physically demanding activity among all the other instruments as it requires a lot of energy to use all your limbs and keep up with all the movements required to play the drums. It is easily a full body workout for all your limbs. A study suggests that by “Just using hand drums and moving to the beat, people burn an average of 270.4 calories in half an hour”. So, if you are looking for fun workout for your body, playing drums is the activity for you!

One of the most common issues that’s scares people away from playing the drums is that they are too loud and noisy. However, there are numerous solutions, for instance, you can use an electronic drum kit which can be plugged to an amplifier or a monitor or even headphones and the sound can be controlled. For a regular acoustic drum kit, dampening materials like mute pads, dampening ring, etc. will reduce the noise from the kit significantly. If you have the budget, you can soundproof your room as well or if you want to make do with small budget, just put a blanket over your drum kit and start your stress-free fun experience. Inspiration can arrive at any point of the day, and if its late night, with these quick fixes, you never have to worry about playing the drums!



BlueTimbre is a Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.




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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

4 Benefits Of Having Multiple Music Classes In A Week

You have just begun your musical journey with an instrument and you want to learn quick and progress at a rate so that you can discover the artist in you in couple of months. Most of you have questions whether one class per week is enough to acquire the growth you are expecting or if multiple classes will disturb your practice sessions? This article emphasizes on the benefits and the reasons why as a beginning music student, you should attend multiple classes in a week.

1. Frequent Revising of Lessons and Feedback

Every student progresses at a different rate. It depends on how the student reconciles concepts of pitch, rhythm and executes co-ordination alongside their curiosity towards music. But, beside the rate of progress, it is very important for a student to retain the information and lessons taught in class. If you are a beginner student, then you will benefit from attending multiple classes in a week as the lessons will be revised and touched-upon more often and coming across a topic repetitively will help you remember and retain the information better. Also, Frequent Classes would mean that you are in touch with your instrument more often and getting effective feedback from the teacher to help you to progress in the right direction.

2. Better Focus as Gaps Between Lessons are Shorter

The gap between lessons is meant for practice for the student. When the student comes to the next lesson, he/she should have a satisfactory command over the previous lesson. However, for absolute beginners, it could be challenging, thus it is important that they utilize the gap between lessons so that the mentor can help them focus on the lesson as well as progress with new information little by little. This helps the student to have a fresher perspective towards the instrument and avoid mundane practice sessions for too long.


3. Preventing Bad Habits with more Oversight

The beginner student tends to adopt whatever works best for them, and in process, sometimes they break some very basic rules that needs to be applied to the instrument or voice. With a longer pause between lessons, student might develop a bad habit (posture etc.) which in turn hinders their progress. With frequent observation and mentoring from the teacher, students can be corrected as they learn, develop the right habits and the necessary progress in their playing. Learning the right way will benefit their skills towards instrument or voice in the long term.

4. Faster Learning

With keeping all the above points in mind, it is safe to say that they will learn the instrument faster. For complete beginners, it might be challenging to grasp new topics, but with multiple classes which will encourage focus, correct basics and repetitive information, a student gets familiar with the instrument which builds up their confidence and hence their learning progress. Every beginner should be encouraged to take up two-three classes in a week until they reach a level in technicality where it requires more practice time than getting acquainted with the instrument.

While these points may seem obvious, just look at the example of a school. In a school, in the early stages, every subject is covered everyday or every alternate day. All of the reasons listed in this article apply to learning in schools. Simply put, multiple classes a week helps you learn with better recall, understanding, faster and correctly.



BlueTimbre is a Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.


References:

  1. http://drkevguitar.com/2013/09/03/how-often-should-i-take-guitar-lessons/
  1. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/07/29/once-week-not-enough 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

4 Reasons why having Multiple Teachers (for Music) is GREAT!


There has always been an open debate about whether there is some real benefit from the different ideas brought in by multiple teachers. We have found that having multiple teachers assigned to one instrument has multiple benefits. And learning from more than one teacher pushes you to get the best out of your instrument. Let us understand how you can benefit from the teachings of more than one teacher.

1.       Different Musical Influences
One of the biggest challenges learning from multiple teachers are the different influences they are exposed to. Suppose one teacher maybe more into Rock & Roll music whereas the other teacher maybe into jazz or blues and so on. But, then again you should be exposed to all the different styles of music when you are learning so that you can discover variety in music and then have numerous options to decide which one you love the best or if you want to experiment some fusion between those two styles in your later stage of playing your instrument. The best part of learning music is that there are variety of styles and genres, and without trying out a few different flavors, you won’t know which you love the best.

2.       Perspective, Approach & Ideas
Different teachers will have different approach to the lessons and varying perspective, however the goal of the lesson remains the same, that the student understands how to apply the lesson in his/her playing. These helps the student to approach their playing in variety of manners, and they follow what helps them the best in making progress. While, they may understand one topic better from the explanation of a concept from one teacher, they can re-apply that knowledge with the concept from another teacher and understand the actual use of that topic with regard to their instrument.



3.       Better Retention of Information
In learning an instrument from multiple teachers , there are lot of common topics that one will come across, even in different instruments. The repetition of the common information, be it in a different approach helps retaining that lesson in student’s learning. Lessons are usually taught and then never pondered upon for a long time after that lesson has served its purpose, and although students are familiar with the topic, they never get a clear grasp of the information taught. Coming from different teachers at different times will help the students revise and retain the important information of the lesson and guide them to a better progress.

4.       No Disruption of Class
Students will rarely face Class cancellation or disruption when one of their teachers are on leave as another qualified teacher will be available to take their class. Teachers share reports about students after every session and therefore students are well attended to, classes pick up right where they left off.

More information can never hurt your learning as long as the egos of teachers and favoritism of the student doesn’t exist. Everyone starts learning from someone, so why not learning from different individuals who bring different characteristics to their approach which will give you the platform to see Music in all the different perspective and lets you take the best of all worlds.

At BlueTimbre we have found this method to not only work but work well! Students are often excited and look forward to which teacher may be coming into class that day. While our class structure, techniques, methodology remains the same across all subjects, a different teacher’s personality or new perspective on the same topic inspires students. We would go as far as to say that you must have multiple teachers for a subject so that you get the complete experience. Multiple teachers give you multiple experience, insight and more!


BlueTimbre is a Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

5 Ways Parents Can Encourage Music Practice at Home



Has Music Become just another subject for your child where you have to keep reminding them about their practice time and lessons to be completed? If such interactions are creating some unnecessary tension between you and the child, then it is a solid reminder that the child has lost interest in the learning. However, if they are monitored and guided in a certain way, the child begins to pick up the interest and understands the benefit of the instrument they are learning to play. If you are pulling your hair out imagining ways to get your child to practice which will bring progressive improvement in them, here are some of the very helpful tips collected from the experiences of teachers, researchers and parents.


Practice should be a shared activity

Music is not one of those subjects where you imply forced discipline and tell your children to spend time in the room with their instrument and practice. That forces the child to perceive the instrument as just another subject he needs to learn to meet certain parameters. Learning Music should always be a fun activity. In fact, it should be an activity that you should do with your child. Once you sit down with them and try to tackle the lessons to be learnt and finally reach the conclusion of the lesson, the child sees that achievement as enjoyment that encourages an environment where music is a vital part of household. It gives them joy to play alongside you and to perform in family meetings where the child is applauded just for their willingness which encourages to spend their time more with their instrument.



Time Restraint

“30 Minutes” Practice every day!! Is that what you’ve been telling your child? Well, the problem with this is when the child is been told to do that every day, he/she is been asked to endure those 30 minutes to play something or the other in their instrument which the child may find very frustrating, thus creating a negative environment to learn. Instead, let your child decide when do they want to give time to their instrument. When they are the decision makers, they feel responsible and often follow up on the promised time they decided to practice their instrument. Also, A practice session should be goal based rather than time based. Give them small goals to complete, for example, 2 - 4 measures of a lesson with minimal mistake. It doesn’t matter if it took them 15 minutes or an hour, but they keep on achieving small achievements along the way with the view of the larger goal of playing the whole piece in about two weeks. This helps them understand the value of practicing their instrument.

Rewards

A reward for achieving something has the capability to uplift anyone, be it child or an adult. It gives them a sense of pride and happiness for the hard work they have done. A child should be rewarded appropriately for their effort and willingness to practice their instrument which encourages them to learn more about music. However, you should not compromise on their playing time and other fun activities for their practice. If they are rewarded those playtimes only after they finish practicing their instrument, it encourages a notion that Music is not a fun activity and they may lead to disinterest in child about their instrument.

Inform the long-term benefits

The child should be given the knowledge and information about how learning the instrument can go a long way in their life, and also how can they benefit from it. This helps them to develop an internal motivation once they understand that the instrument can play a vital role in his adulthood.

Engage Them with Music

More than rewards, the best way to encourage and motivate your child about music is by getting them curious about music. Once they develop the desire to learn, listen and engage with music, they tend to simultaneously engage more with their instrument. In their weekly routine, let them play the music they truly enjoy which helps maintaining their interest in music and also encourage them to listen to more songs, so that they can play in their routine. You can also share your favorite song with them, while also giving some of your time to the type of music they love. An environment where there is always some kind of music can help stimulate much needed curiosity towards music.

It could be a daunting and challenging task to always monitor your child but with a little help and your positive involvement in their routine can bring a whole lot of difference in their progress. We all know the benefits of learning music and how it helps build essential skills in life, but in the end, it is under your guidance and care, that they truly reap the benefits of engaging with music.  

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BlueTimbre is a Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

4 Things to Consider When Choosing A Music School


Are you interested in learning music? Or do you want to enroll your child in a good music school? There are dozens of music school to choose from and you do not know how to verify the authenticity of their education and structure. How do you decide?

Here are some things you should know in order to choose the best music school for you or your child.

Professional Setup
You want to make sure that the music school is ran by dedicated group of professionals who are passionate about giving the right music education to everyone and not a side business which is run to profit from you financially. Do a research, explore their social presence and ask the existing students about how they feel about the institution and its method. So, make the necessary enquiries, check ratings online and choose the institution you are most comfortable with.



























Curriculum
Curriculum or the syllabus of your music course decides what and how much will you be learning throughout the course. There are various curriculums available now. Some emphasize on the classical theory and pieces while some encourages contemporary approach towards learning. It all depends on you, you should understand what you want to achieve through the course and make the choice on the curriculum that you think is the best suited for your goals as a musician. An organized curriculum, a well-planned execution is very important in fostering the right habits and effective exercises in strengthening the basics.


Faculty
You want to make sure that the instructor that you want to learn under really understand your goals and know how to help you achieve them. Some schools employ very informed musicians; however, they may fail to pass down the information to you in an effective manner. It is thus very important for a music school to train their teachers to “teach”. Check with the school about their methodology, teacher training and approach to music education.

 


























Infrastructure & Resources
It is also important for the school to have the right quality and quantity of equipment and infrastructure so that students can learn effectively. Every student should have access to the basic instrument with its required accessories to learn. It is essential to understand your instrument and equipment to grow as a musician and improve your creativity.

Finally, remember that Music learning is not a one-way street. Teachers will do their part by teaching you the required techniques, concepts and songs however you need to practice. Research indicates that all you need is 20 minutes a day to make effective progress. So, if based on this information, you believe your objectives are met – try out the music school and enjoy your music learning journey!



BlueTimbre is a Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.



Wednesday, 15 August 2018

5 Reasons to Choose a Good Music School over Private Tutoring

Dr. Robert Pace who was the leader of one of the most prestigious music teacher’s college during his time had done experiments to understand the advantages of ensemble learning for beginner students. Interestingly, he was a staunch believer in private format but he noticed an essential dynamic in the group format during his experiments which was absent from the private classes. After various observations, he finally concluded in a keyboard journal in 1978 that ensemble learning created better results for young learners.

Let us understand why beginners should avoid private music classes for better progress.

  1. Expensive : Private lessons are expensive as most of tutors charge you per session. It can cost you around Rs.500 - 1000 per hour which can add to Rs 4000 -Rs 8000 a month. As beginners take longer time to grasp the basics, it eventually will burn a hole in your pocket. You might not be able to afford that every month.

  2. Repertoire of Teacher : You are basically depending on the knowledge of one individual which may just be his/her perspective. In a good institution, a teacher goes through various training and builds a wider perspective of learning and teaching music. A private tutor, although a great musician may not be a good teacher whereas in institutions, they are trained to handle a class and different kind of students.



  1. Limited Time Resources : A private tutor can find it hard to be flexible with timings and students may miss out on gradual progressive learning which is very important to build on their basics as initial training requires a lot of dedicated and structured practice sessions. If the private tutor is charging you monthly, they may be very hesitant to extend the month or take an extra session if you miss a class.

  2. Unstructured Lessons : Although private classes can be tailored according to the want of a student, for instance a focus on playing songs instead of learning the techniques and concepts before learning a song by heart. It will also lead to unstructured relaying of information. There should always be a planned, structured and gradual progress to every lesson, otherwise students tend to not understand the complex information later on in their learning process. Without learning the techniques, concepts and theory behind a song, students will be unable to progress beyond a point.

  3. No Class-Engagement : One on one sessions can be pretty daunting, sometimes too monotonous and the student end up feeling bored in the class which is a very bad sign when learning music. Music should be fun, interactive and engaging. Students learning through private tutor can end up shy and reluctant to play in front of others as they get no exposure to the social and interactive dynamics of a group class. Social interaction when learning encourages more practice, positive competition among peers and actual understanding of what playing music stands for. For instance, you can compare this to sending a child to school vs home tutoring - social interaction and learning from peers is a key factor.


Good Music Schools have dedicated teams who is focused on providing the best quality music education to young and new learners with a professional, well-planned and a structured curriculum that ensures that the student enjoy the process of learning their music while learning all the essential elements of music. With the right guidance and an intelligently designed curriculum, a generation of young musicians can be inspired to connect with music and understand music in most meaningful, engaging and enjoying ways.


BlueTimbre is a Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.




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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Audio Engineering vs. Music Production

We often find students enquiring about "Audio Engineering" when in reality they mean "Music or Audio Production" and vise versa. So, what really is the difference between the two?

While many music producers are also good sound engineers, sound engineers don't necessarily make good music producers. The main difference between the two is that is that while both professionals have a deep understanding of the technical aspects of music production, music producers also have a hefty dose of artistic and creative vision to make a recording the best it can be.

Sound Engineer

A recording engineer or a sound engineer is a technical expert who operates the soundboard and other equipment during a recording session, under the supervision of the Music Producer. They also set up studio and recording equipment. An Sound engineer's main job is to use his/her technical skills to bring the producer's and artist's vision to fruition.



Music Producer

Just as in the film industry, Music producers are the behind-the-scenes makers of a song/track. The best and most revered music producers have a heavy hand in every aspect of a record’s production, from selecting which songs should go on a record, to working with the studio to achieve a particular sound. In fact, most Music producers have extensive knowledge of how the studio’s audio recording equipment works, and use that knowledge to help the artist achieve the exact sound they want for their record.

Modern Producers and Engineers

Just because these two job descriptions are different, doesn’t mean the role can’t be occupied by the same person. As modern recording has become more simplified, these jobs are accessible to more people. Home studios, small-scale studios, and those who like to have as much creative influence on a record as possible have the option to reach across these positions to both produce and engineer a piece of music.

Becoming a Producer or Engineer

To succeed as a Music producer or an Audio engineer takes determination, skill and a sense of musicality to help customers and artists achieve the best results. Becoming a studio engineer requires specialised training and may require a college degree. Certifications in equipment and software are also as important.




BlueTimbre is a Music Company with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in Whitefield, Bangalore, India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. The BlueTimbre team comes with decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.






Reference:
http://work.chron.com/differences-between-music-producers-engineers-25047.html
    https://www.musicbed.com/knowledge-base/music-production-vs-audio-engineering/122