It’s pretty obvious to everyone, whether or not you have a musical streak, that learning to play an instrument and make music doesn’t happen overnight.
To become proficient at any level, honing this ability takes a lot of patience and practice, and, of course, passion. But did you know that learning an instrument can bring many benefits to your child? Not to mention that it also offers a range of benefits for adults.
To Mermi Music Academy, they live up to their motto: “teach, laugh and love”. Mermi Vosough, founder and certified piano teacher, says students at the academy bring joy and laughter to their days.
“Music is love, and students learn music to nourish their souls in a stress-free, friendly, fun, and non-judgmental environment,” Vosough says. “We strive to create quality courses to achieve this goal.
“The first step in interpreting music is understanding how to convey emotion with notes and using musical dynamics such as tempo, rhythm and pitch. A true musician brings music to life with emotion.”
With a dedicated and caring teaching team (the teachers speak Spanish and Mandarin), they offer all levels of music lessons for piano, violin, ukulele and guitar for adults, teenagers and children from 4 years old.
“We have a lot of mature students,” Vosough reveals. “Our eldest is 75 years old and has been coming to the academy for two years. She is proof that you are never too old to learn an instrument.”
To get started, simply book a free consultation and a trial lesson.
“We learn each student’s personality and abilities and find out what kind of music they like to play, then customize our teaching style for them,” Vosough says. “We learn to go with their pace to make sure it meets their needs.”
Self-discipline, perseverance, self-confidence
Learning an instrument at any age takes self-discipline, consistency and motivation.
“The degree of dedication has a direct effect on the level of accomplishment,” says Vosough. “If we practice more, we learn faster, but if we can’t practice as much as necessary but keep taking classes and playing continuously, we eventually learn the right concept in more time; it is up to the student to choose whether he wants to learn quickly or slowly.
“These days, there are a lot of distractions for students who aren’t as dedicated as they used to be,” Vosough said. “We encourage them to dedicate more time to music by putting passion and love into music and music lessons, because when they have fun, they keep going, and when they keep going, they learn.”
Vosough adds, “I believe consistency comes first, motivation comes second, and practice comes third. I think focusing only on practice is considered old-fashioned; what works most in education today, especially in music, is encouragement, passion, motivation, but also loving and enjoying what you do.
Self-confidence comes from practice and pride in each achievement. “Each lesson or group lesson prepares them to play their recitals or public performances that we have,” Vosough explains. “Not only do they gain confidence performing for family and friends, but hearing the applause from the audience helps boost their self-esteem. Students feel a great sense of accomplishment after a performance.”
Creativity, academic skills, cognition
Making music naturally sparks self-expression and creativity. It also helps body and mind to work together. Music and mathematics are closely linked: it is time, rhythm and calculation.
“You use both hands to play the piano and you do different things,” says Vosough. “Both sides of the brain work; you solve a problem and think of a solution to coordinate the two hands.”
Learning to play music can also reduce stress and anxiety in adults and the elderly. It is also known to help fight depression, social isolation and deter cognitive disorders like dementia.
Music lessons cultivate qualities that lead to lifelong success.
Vosough’s advice? “Try it and see how it goes. Maybe you will awaken a wonderful potential within yourself.”
For more information or to book a free consultation and trial lesson, visit mermimusic.com.