We have another recital coming up near the end of April. The location will be at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 615 Baseline Rd. E as previous recitals have been, but the exact date has yet to be determined. We will notify everyone once a date is set. In the meantime, what you need to know is that the sign-up sheet is open now and students must let us know that they would like to participate and which song they will perform. No two students will perform the same piece on the same instrument, so sign up early.
March Break - March 12 - 16 - Open for regular lessons
Good Friday - March 30 - School Closed
Easter Monday - April 2 - Open for regular lessons
Spring Recital - April 28 (tentative)
Going to Concerts is Beneficial
Medical science says that going to a live music event can be very good for your health. The Centre of Performance Science conducted a study that involved taking saliva samples from 117 people who went to two concerts. The analysis determined that their systems contained lower levels of chemicals that indicate the body is under stress.
The study focused on relatively calm, classical music, and more research is needed to determine if different genres of music produce different effects or if attending other types of cultural events has a different impact. The study size was small, but the question is, does engaging with music and the arts in a cultural setting influence biological and psychological states? The results of the study seem to indicate that there is potential for cultural events, like concerts, to have the power to enhance people's health and well-being.
In conclusion, we have another recital coming up near the end of April, date to be determined, and if you'd like to reduce your stress, that would be a great way to do it. There is no admission fee, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fruits of our students' hard work.
"A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't." -Tom Waits
Some of you have been asking about tax receipts for the 2017 year and rather than answer each of you one at a time, I thought it might just be easier to put this in the newsletter. As a result of the Ontario Government's budget back in 2015, the 2016 year was the last year that music lessons receipts could be claimed on your income taxes as a child activity credit. The credit has been cut and is no longer available.