Looking for gift ideas that last a lifetime? MAP Guitar and Music+Code instructor reflects upon how sustained music lessons has improved his own life, as well as the lives of his students. The conclusion to a study referenced by the National Association of Music Merchants is included, which suggests music class/lesson participation contributes to a healthier lifestyle in youth.
A Great Education Lasts a Lifetime
When I look at what some of my students have done, I can really see that “a great education lasts a lifetime”. Some of my (older) students have been admitted to top schools for music, such as San Francisco Conservatory, and other (younger) students have been admitted into top, exclusive high schools of their choice.
When I look at my own life, the same is true. The private lessons I took as a youth gave me so much. I was able to attend the colleges of my choice as well, as a direct result of the lessons I consistently took with Jeremy Mayne. I have been able to perform in the world’s best concert halls, and together with the world’s best musicians.
And for those who may be skeptical because you do not expect your son or daughter to concentrate in music in college, I want to share a little bit more about what music has given me.
One thing that music gave me during my formative years is a healthy way to express myself. During high school, I practiced the guitar very intensely. When my friends got together for a social gathering, I would join them, of course, but I would always bring my guitar. This gave me a healthy way to have fun, as well as entertain others, at the social event. There has been research to show that students who participate in (continuous) music study live healthier, happier drug-free lives.
In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).5 VH1: Save the Music. “The Benefits of Music Education.” VH1: Save the Music. Accessed February 24, 2015. (Referenced in this NAMM Facts and Quotes Article Published in 2018.)
This makes a lot of sense as music is social, entertaining, mentally stimulating, and more–all at the same time! Playing and making music is a great way to be social, and a very healthy, smart way to express one’s self!
Gift Ideas in Music, Art, and Programming
I know you have a lot of choices for what to get your loved ones for the Holidays this year. Toys and games and movie passes are all great fun, and I agree kids should have those things! However, I want you to consider also including the gift of music, art, and programming.
At MAP, you have a few options this giving season. Please read on for some gift ideas from us to you.
Larger Limited-Offer Gift Passes
These limited offers (announced here) give the gift of months worth of lessons and classes in music, art, and programming at MAP Family Learning Center–both online and in-person.
These offers are at our absolute best prices, and the deals end November 30th.
Ongoing Private Lesson Gift Passes
These year-long offers give the gift of months worth of private lessons (both online and in-person) at a discounted rate.
Give the Gift that Lasts a Lifetime!
Thank you for reading how music helps youth during their formative years, including a little bit about how it has helped me and my own students. I hope to share more about the efficacy of a quality education in the months to come. Happy Holidays!