BENEFITS OF PLAYING A BRASS INSTRUMENT
Develops confidence –
Breath control –
Strengthen core muscles –
Boosts your adrenaline –
Increases hand-eye coordination –
Develops you emotionally –
Promotes sociability –
Relieves stress –
Reach goals –
BENEFITS OF PLAYING A BRASS INSTRUMENT
Trumpets, horns, tubas, euphoniums galore! Blowing your lungs into a brass instruments creates a melody of sounds that are both aesthetically pleasing to listen to on their own and simultaneously instrumental to music bands. But that’s not the only great thing about brass instruments!
10 Health Benefits of Playing a Brass Instrument.
Develops confidence – Building the courage to start playing a new instrument is great way to build your confidence. This confidence is especially built when you decide to choose an instrument that isn’t as popular as many other instruments like that of guitars or drums. Choosing a brass instrument will show you a world of making music that creates sound waves in a less-than-conventional manner. Making this beautiful yet unheard sound for all to hear will help bring you out of your shell and build your confidence, which is always a healthy attribute to develop.
Breath control – The most used part of your body when playing a brass instrument is your diaphragm. As your lips vibrate to make the music, you need to measure your breath!
Strengthen core muscles – Because your diaphragm is just under your lungs, using your diaphragm requires constant use of your abdominal muscles. These aid in helping you controlling your breathing. The more you practice, the more you strengthen your core.
Boosts your adrenaline – You may have to perform in front of a large audience. This takes lots of guts and you may even find butterflies in your stomach. But the adrenaline rush you get from presenting in front of an audience may turn that unease into a form of confidence and excitement. It is up to you have a good time and not be scared! It’s important to remember, an adrenaline rush, to an extent is a healthy because it burns calories, gives you quick energy and makes you feel great! So, go out there and have fun!
Increases hand-eye coordination – Keeping rhythm is harder from some people than you might think. Blowing air into your instrument while pressing knobs here, or putting your fingers there, or pushing a brass arm that way to produce such a beautiful sound, takes skill and practice. The more you practice playing your brass instrument the more your neural pathways strengthen and the newer ones can form. You will learn to use hands in a new way, building dexterity and fine motor skills.
Develops you emotionally – While learning something new may be fun, it can also cause some bumps in the road. Sometimes you may find yourself frustrated with the learning process, whether that is learning a new tune or a new technique. Your emotional development depends on overcoming these struggles because how you handle them will define your character. Once you overcome your goal, nothing feels better. You will find yourself in a happier and better emotional state.
Promotes sociability – If you are playing a brass instrument you will find yourself surrounded by people who play similar instruments or even instruments in general. Being a part of a group helps build confidence and your social skills, and you will find yourself relating with those who are like you and even those who are unlike you. This will diversify your thinking, your skills, and social compatibility leading you to live a healthy happy life.
Relieves stress – Any means of an outlet for stress, struggles and unhappiness will always be a method to relieve your stress levels. If playing a brass instrument is for you, then it will act as a great stress reliever. Do something that you love and makes your happy to help to get rid of your stress and forget your worries.
Reach goals – Whether it’s learning how to play a brass instrument, or learning a new song, playing a brass instrument is a great way to set the foundation to help set and achieve your goals. If you can complete one thing, no matter how difficult it is, what is in your way from completing the next? This will have a ripple effect in your health and your lifestyle! Having a set of goals will provide give you tons of motivation and achieving those goals will make you feel accomplished and happy. While the physical body is only half the equation of your health, your mind is the other half, so feeling great about your accomplishments will put you on the right track for your healthy goals.
By being a part of the brass instrument community will open the door up for a change in scenery, providing you with a new skill you can spend plenty of time honing. As you spend time with your newfound hobby, you get rid of mindless habits, such as endless scrolling on your smartphone, watching T.V., and even careless eating.
…to create teacher-student relationships that cultivate the highest order of achievement and enjoyment in all aspects of music and pre-university academics, to establish a foundation for life-long student growth, and to offer pleasurable self-interest programs and exam preparation to students of all ages and levels that are tradition based but future oriented. Our teachers strive to be inspiring as well as musical and intellectual leaders. Further, we endeavor to expand the opportunities available to all students and to enhance the quality of our community’s musical life.
An important benefit of taking music lessons is the development of mental health. When students begin to play a musical instrument, different areas of the brain are stimulated. Instruments require a student to coordinate multiple parts of the body for the proper execution of one complicated task. Playing an instrument requires a student to read notes while moving fingers very precisely. As all pieces and musical tones are played differently, learning an instrument sharpens the brain as each hand receives different instructions from multiple parts of the brain simultaneously.
Nothing soothes the mind better than music especially classical music. When students begin to play an instrument, they are better able to express their emotions through performance/practice. Playing out emotions through an instrument helps relieve stress in the mind and the body while achieving a state of healthy relaxation. Once students begin to play, we witness an increase in self-confidence coupled with a sense of accomplishment which raises morale and self-esteem.
Teachers of Trumpet: Gerald Gonzalez, David Neale, Florence Kapek
Teachers of Trombone: Benny Bolaten, bass trombone Nigel Harrison David Neale
Teachers of Tuba and Baritone (Euphonium): David Neale, Paula Tomkin
Department Head – Brass Instruments (Trumpet)
Gerald Gonzalez was appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University in 2003. The consummate musical artist, Gerald Gonzalez has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United State and Europe. Committed to the advancement of contemporary chamber music in performance, recordings and education, Gonzalez has commissioned, premiered anc recorded numerous works since 2003. Gonzalez’s recordings have received unanimous critical acclaim by industry.
Gonzalez began studying trumpet at the age of. He continued his studies at the University of Miami. At age 24, Holt became the Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra del Maggerio.
He received distinguished opera service awards in 1999 and 2004. Gonzalez presents educational clinics and master classes sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation.