Learning to play music benefits young and old in many ways

Learning to play music benefits young and old in many ways

Conservatory holds open house Sept. 26

The halls will be alive to the sound of music at the Nanaimo Conservatory

The halls will be alive to the sound of music at the Nanaimo Conservatory, and you are invited to take some of it in at their open house Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 375 Selby Street.

Everyone is invited to a ‘special educational and entertaining, fun afternoon of musical discovery’ says Kathleen Darby, the Conservatory’s executive director.

“There will be performances, refreshments, demonstrations and fantastic prizes.”

The Conservatory offers lessons for adults and children, and no matter what age, the benefits of musical training go beyond the joys and skills of playing.

“It is well established that music lessons improve academic skills, short and long term memory and also help to cultivate social skills while boosting self-esteem,” Darby notes.

“A recent study by the University of Vermont College of Medicine demonstrated that music lessons in children assist with emotional and behavioural maturation.”

Lessons are available for all ages from babies through to seniors. “All levels of experience are welcome, from complete beginners to advanced,” Darby says.

You can find out more at 250-754-4611 or visit the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music website at www.ncmusic.ca.