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Music can Open a New World for Kids

our daughter taking piano lessons in oceanside at lenoremusicThe Advantage of Music Lessons

There is just something about taking music lessons that elevates the spirit above its normal vantage point. When just starting out, the individual feels like they are beginning a task that is so imposing that the will never even get past the most rudimentary steps. It’s especially important for kids to get involved at an early age. Most schools these days don’t teach music until the 5th grade, so if you can get them plugged in to a good program earlier on in life, even in preschool, you’ll be far ahead of the curve. Our kids take piano lessons in Oceanside as well as the ORFF schooling from the same teacher. They come home each time with a huge grin on their faces and as their teacher puts it, “they’re musical beings.” Music is fun and opens up a brand new world for kids.

However, music learning is a real step-by-step process with each of the steps being a major step forward. Once one moment is mastered, her comes another. Then another. And another, until by golly, the student is actually playing a simple song on their instrument or piano.

It is surprising how something so seemingly difficult at the beginning can turn into a sweet and joyful preoccupation as one gets deeper into lessons and practice. It is the repetitiveness if the exercises and the practicing that makes experts of us all when learning our music lessons.

Music lessons also teach us how to deal with discipline, for if you cannot deal with discipline, you will never learn how to play and instrument or learn to sing. That sense of discipline carries over into other areas, such as our school work, athletics and our careers later after finishing school.

The real benefit of music lessons, however, is the pure joy that we receive when we finally learn how to sing or play real music, which we are able to enjoy for the rest of our lives.

Helpful Tips For Newbie Hikers

Hiking is a vigorous and exciting activity for people who enjoy the outdoors. If you are interested in hiking, you are likely excited to get out on the trails. However, you should consider some tips before you go on your first hike.

Remember to pack essential items in a waterproof backpack or hiking bag. You need to pack drinking water, a healthy snack or two, and a flashlight if you are hiking in the evening. It’s also smart to pack your cell phone in case of an emergency.

Before you go on a specific trail, look it up online. There are hiking paths for newbies and there are paths for skilled, experienced hikers. Make sure you choose a path that’s easy to navigate. You don’t want to overdo it.

If you’re hiking in unfamiliar territory, make sure to look for signs and markers to remember spots you’ve passed. This will reduce your chances of getting lost. Printing off a map of your hiking trail is a good option, too.

Overall, hiking is a very enjoyable and exciting activity. Just make sure you’re prepared so you can enjoy it to the fullest. Keep these tips in mind and have fun on your journey.

Staying Plugged in to the OutDoors

always rainy in seattleDid you know that some time spent outside breathing that natural air and getting some bright sunlight into your eyes can have a positive effect on your health? It’s true. Consider that vitamin D is an essential part of your body chemistry, and is associated with your mood. Consider also that people living in places where there is a ton of rain, like Seattle, the level of suicide is greater there. Coincidence? I think not! People go months without getting outside for meaningful time spent in the great outdoors, or even seeing the sun since it’s covered by rain clouds so much. This is definitely my case, I used to live there and felt myself getting depressed as we went in to month 3 without sun. It was rainy, cold and miserable, to the point we couldn’t go outside to experience the sun. What a bummer it was, and when the family moved east to a city where there is more sunshine, and plenty to do outdoors all year around, my mood shifted miraculously.

More outdoors means more life, more passion, and more reminders that you’re part of a planet that is benevolent to you. What a great sense of belonging, but it’s only experienced by actually getting out there. So do yourself a favor and get outside, and find ways to bring the outdoors inside. Plants, other products and ideas can help you have a better connection with the greater planet we live on. Stay tuned for some greatness!