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Mar 24 / Greg

A Couple Of Changes At This Music Blog

Just a short notification about a couple of changes at this music blog.

Music Blog - Changes To HelpYou might have noticed that in this blog’s navigation bar (at top of the page), that I now have a brand new form at which you can leave your personal feedback about the piano lessons you have experienced with me as your teacher.

If you are a past or present student who has bumped into today’s message and stopped to submit a testimonial, then I thank you in advance.

Your contribution is hugely appreciated. 🙂

You may also have picked up, at the top of this blog, that I announce the days that I do not teach i.e. some public holidays and segments of school holidays.

I now also update that in an image with those dates for you.

It should make those dates much more visible and therefore easier to spot when you visit my blog.

You can see that to your right, in this music blog’s side-bar.

I hope that both these new additions make a difference to you.


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Greg Norman’s Piano lessons and/or Music Theory lessons…
Styles: Classical, Modern
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Post-Graduate, AMEB/ABRSM exams
Suitability: Ages 7 years and up to any age, any experience level. Lessons are weekly.
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Aug 31 / Greg

Music Education and Brain Development

Music education changes the anatomy and function of the brain.

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There is a great deal of research to support all the benefits in taking up playing a musical instrument for the purpose of brain development in alternative disciplines.

The following are just a few that you might like to explore further:

Music training in childhood fundamentally alters the nervous system such that neural changes persist in adulthood after auditory training has ceased.

Studies have shown that assiduous instrument training from an early age can help the brain to process sounds better, making it easier to stay focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus.

The cognitive structures developed through music instruction exposed and illuminated more general organizing structures relevant for multiple disciplines.

The combined results of 12 experimental studies indicate a positive relationship between voluntary music study and math achievement.

Multiple studies indicate that early music instruction is linked to significant improvements in students’ spatial reasoning abilities.

The combined results of 30 studies indicate that music instruction is linked to significantly improved reading skills.

Researchers have found a correlation between three or more years of instrumental music training and enhanced auditory discrimination, fine motor skills, vocabulary, and nonverbal reasoning.

Playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brainstem’s sensitivity to speech sounds. This relates to encoding skills involved with both music and language.

Children with music training had significantly better verbal memory than those without such training, and the longer the training, the better the verbal memory.

Adults who had trained on a Western musical instrument for at least six years before age 12 had significantly better verbal memories, as demonstrated by a word recall list, than those without any musical training.

Those links to research and more can be found at this website link.


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Greg Norman’s Piano lessons and/or Music Theory lessons…
Styles: Classical, Modern
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Post-Graduate, AMEB/ABRSM exams
Suitability: Ages 7 years and up to any age, any experience level. Lessons are weekly.
Click the following link to Call or send me an Email

May 8 / Greg

Scan Your Music Lesson Notes To Save Time

Scan Your Music Lesson Notes ImageA piano student gave me a great tip on how to scan your music lesson notes!

It’s something that you might like to take up as well. It’ll sure save me a lot of after-hours time, in scanning & emailing music pieces to you.

I was so impressed by the speed at which my student simply took a photo of the music (right from the music rest on the piano), and then showed me how it looked on her iphone and ipad.

The print was crystal, clear. In fact, possibly clearer than any scanned copy I might email to you.

All you’ll need is this handy little scanning tool on your iphone or ipad. Best of all, it’s free!

This is not an advertisement and I receive nothing in return for recommending this to you. 🙂

Read more about how it works, at that app’s web site link. Just click the little “More” link, that you’ll see at the site, and read everything that this super fast, handy app can do.

I sure hope more of you are able to take up using this app, or similar. Let me know of a good android version and I’ll insert its link here for you too.

During your lesson time, it truly will take seconds to capture a sheet of music or notes while at the piano. You’ll then have everything ready to take home with you.


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Greg Norman’s Piano lessons and/or Music Theory lessons…
Styles: Classical, Modern
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Post-Graduate, AMEB/ABRSM exams
Suitability: Ages 7 years and up to any age, any experience level. Lessons are weekly.
Click the following link to Call or send me an Email