Learn to play brass
Learning to play an instrument, any instrument, is a very rewarding experience and something that you can keep with you throughout your life. It can be just a hobby to keep yourself amused or it can be taken further to entertain family, friends or even whole audiences. You can play alone as a soloist but we feel it is even more rewarding is to be a part of a larger group like Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band.
Who can Learn?
It is never too late to start to learn music, but it is certainly preferential for you to start as early as possible. The younger mind has been shown to learn much more easily and quicker than a more mature mind. But don’t let age put you off from learning.
However it is not advisable to start playing a brass instrument before about the age of 7 years old. This is both because of the stresses on the young body can be too much and because the embochure (mouth shape) is not developed enough for a brass instrument before this age. You should, however, not let youthfulness from putting you off from learning on a less stressful instrument (such as the recorder) because the lessons learned on a different instrument can certainly be brought forward to the brass band world once you are old enough and your body has developed enough.
Saturday mornings from 9.00am – 10.00am we run beginner lessons at the band room. These Beginner’s Band sessions are always full of fun and entertainment, and have been shown to help progress the individual student as well as introduce them into a band environment, where they learn to help and respect other members of the group.
When confident enough, and have reached a certain level, students will be offered the chance to progress to the ‘B’ Band and eventually the Main Band. No pressure is put on the student to do this however. Here they will be supported by more main band members and introduced into the main band environment.
At our two main concerts of the year (Patrons Concert and Christmas Concert), we often feature the beginners group of players (still supported by their main band members) playing various pieces of music.
Learning to play a musical instrument offers a lot of benefits. At Lofthouse Brass Band we believe that if there’s one thing you should learn in your lifetime, it’s how to play an instrument. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Playing A Musical Instrument Makes You Cleverer:
Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music to the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don’t. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child’s reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can also benefit from learning to play an instrument because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active eventually helping to sharpen the memory.
2. It Teaches Discipline:
Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master playing your instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice and practice some more.
3. Playing A Musical Instrument Relieves Stress:
We all have days when we are so stressed out and we just want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you’re the one playing. Music is one of life’s simple joys; it helps calm the mind.
4. Sense of Achievement:
If you’re a beginner learning to play your first piece, it can be frustrating. But once you’ve mastered it, the satisfaction you’ll feel is priceless. Never mind if it’s just a simple piece, believe us, you’ll never forget the first piece you’ve mastered. You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.
5. Playing A Musical Instrument is Fun:
Yes, it can be a lot of hard work, but there is no denying playing an instrument is fun. Once you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learned skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future just like some of our former members. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that are bound to enrich your life.