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from Beginner to Pro. Come visit and hang out at the Drum
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Check out our collection of Pianos. We carry Accoustic Piano, Electronic Piano, and Electronic Keyboards.
Welcome to Graner Music
Why Make Music? ... Making Music Makes You Smarter!
Why do some children do better in school than others? Because they make music!
Studies have linked active music making with better math and language skills,
boosts in school grades, and improvements in "spatial-temporal reasoning," which
is the foundation of engineering and science.
In Newsweek magazine's February 19, 1996, cover story, "Your Child's Brain," it
quoted from research done by Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher at University of
California at Irvine showing that music education increases a child's learning
ability. The big bottom line is this: Teach kids music, and they'll have better
memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills.
“Making Music Makes You Smarter” is more than a slogan. It’s a fact which is
backed up by numerous scientific studies. Take a look at some of the exciting
findings which show how exposure to music can affect a child's intelligence from
the earliest stages in life:
Research shows that music students are better equipped to comprehend
mathematical and scientific concepts. A group of preschoolers received private
piano keyboard lessons and singing lessons. A second group received private
computer lessons. Those children who received piano/keyboard training performed
34 percent higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than the others.
“Spatial-temporal” is basically proportional reasoning –- ratios, fractions,
proportions and thinking in space and time. This concept has long been
considered a major obstacle in the teaching of elementary math and science.
Source: Neurological Research February 28, 1997
Elementary grade children
Music study can help kids understand advanced math concepts. A grasp of
proportional math and fractions is a prerequisite to math at higher levels, and
children who do not master these areas cannot understand more advanced math
critical to high-tech fields. Music involves ratios, fractions, proportions and
thinking in space and time. A group of 237 second grade children were given four
months of piano keyboard lessons as well as time using a newly designed math
computer program. The group scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions
tests than children who only used the math computer program.
Source: Neurological Research, March 1999.
Young children with developed rhythm skills perform better academically in early
school years. One study showed that students who were achieving at academic
expectation scored high on all rhythmic tasks, while many of those who scored
lower on the rhythmic test achieved below academic expectation.
Source: “The Relationship between Rhythmic Competency and Academic Performance
in First Grade Children,” University of Central Florida, Debby Mitchell
Music training helps under-achievers. In Rhode Island, researchers studied eight
public school first grade classes. Half of the classes became “test arts”
groups, receiving ongoing music and visual arts training. In kindergarten, this
group had lagged behind in scholastic performance. After seven months, the
students were given a standardized test. The “test arts” group had caught up to
their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22
percent. In the second year of the project, the arts students widened this
margin even further.
Source: Nature May 23, 1996
Secondary school students
A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making
improves test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making
students get higher marks in standardized tests than those who had no music
involvement. The test scores studied were not only standardized tests, such as
the SAT, but also in reading proficiency exams.
Source: Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1999
Music can help students get into a better university. In 2001, SAT takers with
coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal
portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with
no coursework/experience in the arts. And, it appears that the longer you study
music, the better you do in testing.
Source: "College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test
Takers." Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.
Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to
medical school. Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate
majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66 percent of music majors
who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group.
For comparison, 44 percent of biochemistry majors were admitted. Also, a study
of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest
reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.
Sources: “The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in
Other Areas of a Multi-focus University,” Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No.
“The Case for Music in the Schools,” Phi Delta Kappan, February, 1994
Our String Department includes a large selection of Violins, Cellos, and Bases for your Orchestra needs.
Our Guitar Department offers some of the best selection of Guitars in Colorado Springs. Selection includes Fender, Ibanez, Dean, Jackson, Luna, and more.
We carry music for all kinds of musicians varying from Mozart Horn Concertos to Queen's signature licks for guitar. The sheet music department deals with all major publishers including Hal Leaornard,
Mel Bay, Carl Fischer, Theodor Presser, Jamey Aeborsold, Sher, Alfred, FJH, KJOS, Koala, and more.