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Incorporate brain breaks into your students' piano lessons or your child’s piano practice!
Sitting at the piano bench for an extended period of time can make a student antsy. (And an extended period of time for a 5-year-old is different than an extended period of time for a 10-year-old!) Getting your piano student to move around a bit carries blood and oxygen to the brain. This re-energizes the brain and allows it to focus again.
In order for new info to become a memory, it has to pass through the amygdala into the prefrontal cortex. If your piano student is becoming anxious, confused or frustrated as he practices, the amygdala – an emotional filter in the brain – becomes overly active and turns into a stop sign. No information will pass through the amygdala to reach the prefrontal cortex and become a memory. All that is a really scientific way of saying that brain breaks during piano practice can help your student return to a place of calm. When she is in that place of calm, she can successfully learn new things.
Use my list of music-themed piano brain breaks as a preventative tool. By switching the type of mental activity for your student, you’re giving his brain a chance to replenish and rejuvenate before a breakdown.
These fun and silly music-themed brain breaks will get your child moving between scales and arpeggios in order to maximize focus and learning while preventing fatigue and overwhelm.
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