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Sonja Joubert is a master pianist classically trained by the late master Mr Josias Van Der Merwe and the late Adolph Hallis. She is also an excellent piano teacher with over 35 years of teaching experience specialising in both jazz and classical piano.

The development of the ear in the musical training of the child and the adult

2020-10-02T12:28:09+00:00

“Ear training is the process of connecting music theory (notes, intervals, chords, scales, melodies, etc.) with the sounds we hear. In other words, studying ear training is building a bridge between the language of music and the sounds that are designated by that language. The more we train our ear to recognize this connection, the better we get at playing music, because we learn to understand what we play and to anticipate musical structures”. Written by Ear Master The ear is the most important of the five senses used when it comes to music and musical training. If one logically understands [...]

The development of the ear in the musical training of the child and the adult2020-10-02T12:28:09+00:00

Is it really worth it to spend money on music lessons for my child?

2020-09-03T21:11:00+00:00

“Whether you grew up in a musical family, encouraged to practice endless hours before recitals as I did, or whether you claim the littlest musicality of anyone you know, there are unquestionable benefits to playing musical instruments, especially piano. Furthermore, studies show it is truly never too late to start learning piano – the mental and physical benefits apply to all ages.” Olivia Groves Posted: Feb 21, 2018 “Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid's schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you're on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with [...]

Is it really worth it to spend money on music lessons for my child?2020-09-03T21:11:00+00:00

How to partake in my child’s piano education?

2020-04-16T13:52:55+00:00

What are the benefits and importance of my child learning to play the piano or a musical instrument? Why and how do I partake in the learning process? The value and benefits of having your child learning to play the piano or a musical instrument. “Learning the piano is a life-long process, and knowing how to play the piano is a skill that will bring you joy and fulfilment throughout your whole life.” (Piano teachers connect on google.) Dear parents:- if you are thinking about motivating your child to learn to play a musical instrument or instruments, it means that you [...]

How to partake in my child’s piano education?2020-04-16T13:52:55+00:00

How to motivate yourself to learn a musical instrument and how to motivate your child too

2020-04-07T18:03:21+00:00

How to motivate yourself to learn a musical instrument, and how to motivate your child to learn a musical instrument Motivating yourself THE FIRST step is to choose a musical instrument to learn. Of course, choosing an instrument is not that easy because there are literally thousands of instruments that one can learn to play. In this day and age, the most popular instruments that people take up is the piano and the guitar. I would choose a piano or a guitar. Then you could learn the scales and the chords, and practise them until you can play them fluently. Once [...]

How to motivate yourself to learn a musical instrument and how to motivate your child too2020-04-07T18:03:21+00:00

The role of the parent and teacher in the child’s early musical training

2020-04-07T12:41:40+00:00

The role of the parent and teacher in the child's early musical training It doesn't take rocket science to know that the parent and teacher play a role in the child's life when it comes to musical training. Your child will and can not train themselves in music or an instrument as the adult can. An adult can find resources and read and plan to learn a new instrument, but your child needs support and guidance in musical training. The parent can and will make a huge difference in the child's development and so also a good teacher has the ability [...]

The role of the parent and teacher in the child’s early musical training2020-04-07T12:41:40+00:00

10 Reasons why your children should learn to play piano

2020-02-14T18:59:14+00:00

When we start the debate of why children should learn to play the piano, it's important to know that piano is an age-old instrument which has brought a lot of joy to many generations of people. There are very few instruments that can lead instruments, orchestra or bass or band in one. The piano is a truly loved instrument and wherever you go, even in the pub, you will find one. Even if it's old, broken, or a piano which many played on and enjoyed. One can even find a piano in the most remote parts of the world these days. [...]

10 Reasons why your children should learn to play piano2020-02-14T18:59:14+00:00

What is the best age for a child to start playing a musical instrument?

2020-02-04T17:37:52+00:00

Tot homines quot sententiae (“So many people, so many opinions”)People hold so many different opinions on this subject, it is sometimes laughable.Maybe the question is phrased wrongly - like asking when should a child start breathing.The obvious answer is of course “as soon as he or she can.”When one works through the literature in this subject, it becomes clear that the activities that should be envisaged at certain ages, and the child’s competence in regard thereto is really the rub of the matter.For a child is involved in music even before birth, by hearing and reacting to sounds in the womb.So [...]

What is the best age for a child to start playing a musical instrument?2020-02-04T17:37:52+00:00

10 Reasons why learning music is important for toddlers

2020-02-01T10:57:17+00:00

There are many reasons why young children should learn to play music as soon as possible.  We will discuss 10 main reasons of the importance of music for toddlers. 1. It helps the development of the child’s brainpower. It has scientifically been proven that music has extraordinary benefits when it comes to the development of the brain. Music stimulates that part of the brain that is responsible for emotions, reading and maths. It also improves the memory functions of the brain. The musician’s brain works differently from that of a non-musician, and musicians generally excel in their grades in [...]

10 Reasons why learning music is important for toddlers2020-02-01T10:57:17+00:00

Why the piano is not necessarily the first instrument that your child should learn

2020-01-29T09:25:57+00:00

Somewhere the rumour started, namely that a child should be taught piano first. (Of course for that you need to have a piano or at least a good keyboard.) But in all fairness, there are different pros and cons in learning to play different instruments first. In my view, the best situation is to do two instruments of which one is piano or keyboard, and the other one is an instrument by choice, and hopefully, it isn’t something overly complicated, like the bassoon or Swiss Alpenhorn! In the modern genres, the piano and keyboard play an amazing role, and any far-sighted [...]

Why the piano is not necessarily the first instrument that your child should learn2020-01-29T09:25:57+00:00
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