Music Lessons Reach New Notes In Harwood Heights

Get piano lessons with Media Theatre’s new Music Director

The discipline they have learned is evident in other aspects of their lives, said the father of Harwood Heights residents Sebastian and Serina, who are taking piano lessons, and Samuel, whose instrument of choice is guitar. The three recently performed in a recital at St. Cyprian School in River Grove. I can see how music has influenced them, even as they move into playing sports, Raphael Manilla said. His observation has been documented in studies conducted by Nina Kraus, professor of communication sciences, neurobiology and physiology at Northwestern University at Evanston, whose research has discovered links between music and the skills of reading and writing. Ellen Bartolozzi, owner of Bella Angel Music near Belmont and Harlem avenues who oversees the Manilla kids musical education, expounded on that theory. Music is a discipline and the one truly universal language in this world, she said.
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Childhood music lessons may provide speech benefits for adults

“This study suggests the importance of music education for children today and for healthy aging decades from now,” Nina Kraus, professor of neurobiology, physiology and olaryngology at Nortwestern University School of Communication, said in a press release . “The fact that musical training in childhood affected the timing of the response to speech in older adults in our study is especially telling because neural timing is the first to go in the aging adult,” she added. Researchers studied 44 healthy adults between the ages of 55 to 76. None of them had played an instrument in almost 40 years. They were asked to listen to a synthesized speech syllable (“da”) while the researchers measured the electrical activity in their auditory brainstems. This part of the brain processes sound and is a center for cognitive, sensory and reward information.
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Mornings and late afternoons are available. The schedule will be determined by each student and Scott Anthony, who started his own lessons at the age of four. In 2006, he received his BM in Piano Performance from Catholic University, studying with Emmy-winning artist Marilyn Neeley. He has also worked under the tutelage of Bruce Murray at the Brevard Music Festival and recently studied with Harvey Weeden at Temple University, where he received his Masters in Piano Performance. Scott Anthony is no stranger to MMTC, having been a part of its orchestra pits during the run of Wings as second keyboard and also enjoying the same during Spamalot. He moves into the position of Music Director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which plays Nov.
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