As anyone who knows me would be able to tell you, the one thing I am passionate about more than anything else is music (most particularly, young people learning about music, and learning how to play an instrument themselves), and because of this, one thing that gives me fits is when parents wonder why it would even be important for them to encourage their child to learn an instrument; while it is true that “learning an instrument” is not right for every single child, it is right for many children, and here are a few reasons why!
The first thing you need to realize is that music can be beneficial for the brain – and certainly, it is a much better way for your children to spend their time than for them to be sitting in front of a television set, watching TV shows or playing video games; when your child learns to play music, they will be exercising parts of their brain many people never exercise, and this will help them in many areas of their life down the road.
The next thing for you to realize about the value of music is that it can be great for your child’s discipline; if you are able to “encourage” your child to play an instrument and get them to make this decision on their own (rather than “forcing” your child to play an instrument!), you will find that the self-discipline required of them to succeed in this area will translate into other areas of their life as well, and will carry over into their future.
Speaking of your child’s future, this is another area in which music can help them; not only is music great for the brain, and great for discipline, but music can also open lots of doors for a person who has gotten to a point where they are proficient at their particular instrument – and whether these “open doors” are scholarship offers, avenues for making money, or simply opportunities to connect with other people, they will certainly be no bad thing.
And finally (perhaps the aspect of music about which I am most passionate of all!), you need to realize that music can be both affordable and fun; too many parents feel pressured into learning an instrument, and their parents do not know how to correct this, because they do not understand that music can be fun – but when you learn some of the things you can do to make music an enjoyable and exciting experience for your children, you will find that they are enjoying playing, and are wanting to learn more every day!
Using the internet to find music you like to listen to and build your music collection in any style of music is an easy and affordable way to add to your music library as you can easily burn your own CD’s or download mp3’s to your iPod or other music player. It is also a great way to find out about current and new artists, new album and single releases, get free lyrics and find free music downloads. The popular free iTunes software and music library allows you to create your own music library, find TV shows, podcasts and get free music downloads and for only $0.99 a song download you cannot really go wrong. Plus there are a lot of websites online where you can find free music videos and mp3 downloads like YouTube, MySpace, Rawkus, CDBaby, Soundclick and so many others.
What does this mean for the future of music? With the everyday consumer buying on average 2 new music albums a month this could have an effect on the music industry but most shops like Virgin, HMV and other well known music retail shops also have online websites which offer even more discounts and sometimes a music community so the music lovers using the internet can only boost music sales.
The internet is also a good place for independent artists without a major record label to upload and promote their music. There are a lot of independent music websites where you can create your own profile, update fans with your news and even sell your own music. The royalty companies like ASCAP, PRS, Harry Fox and BMI also have internet music licenses you can get so that you receive royalties and commissions for all music plays on internet radio stations, and for any music downloads and mp3 or CD sales.
You can even make your own music by buying and downloading music production and creation software you find online to your PC or laptop and if you have a good sound card and microphone you can make and record your own music and beats very easily. In fact, you can find hundreds of free loops and backing tracks you can download and even license for commercial use making it easy for the music producer and songwriter to make their own music.
And if you want to learn about music, study an instrument or get advice on the music industry you can do a search on the internet and find so much free and useful information in articles and on music websites and blogs.
Does this take away the traditional way of making and playing music for the musician? Some think so but you can look at it like this; the internet has opened up the whole globe to us and you can make good music contacts from all over the world and build your own worldwide fan base just by promoting your music online. Music you may never have even heard of has become easily available and the whole music scene and industry has benefited and grown because of internet and satellite communications.
You can see then that using the internet connects music lovers around the world and Cyber Technology has made it easier for the songwriter and musician to create and record their own music. Plus it opens doors for the independent music artist and also increases exposure for major record label artists so that they can build their fan base and sell more of their music.