Sacramento Guitar Society
The Sacramento Guitar Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and arts organization that has existed in one form or another since at least 1961. It obtained its nonprofit status in May 2010, retroactive to 2003.
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It Improves Memory, Intelligence and Behavior
A recent study by the Institute of Education, University of London suggests that learning to play the guitar enlarges the left side of the brain. This leads musically-trained students to remember almost a fifth more information than their counterparts who did not take guitar or other musical instrument lessons. When taking guitar lessons the regions of the brain that control hearing and memory and the part that controls the hands, all become more active. This leads to growth and a positive change in the structure of the brain. It was also discovered that students who took guitar lessons increased their IQ by seven points as opposed to students who took say drama classes which resulted in only a four point increase. For those students who took small group guitar lessons researchers saw a marked improvement in their behavior due to the trust, respect and compromise that is required between the students.
It Teaches You Discipline
Whilst many kids these days struggle with homework and other extra-curricular activities, regular guitar practice of between 20-30 minutes per day has been shown to improve drive and discipline not usually found in other children who do not participate in activities that involve such dedication and perseverance. Over time this new found self-discipline can then be applied to other areas of the students’ life resulting in better time management skills and planning and increasing their the ability to follow through with tasks and/or new activities rather than giving up quickly.
It Increases your Self Esteem and Confidence
A study at McGill University found that students who regularly took guitar lessons developed increased self-esteem compared to those who did not study music. As a student begins to coordinate their playing and improve their concentration, the student begins to experience confidence in their ability to handle complex tasks. In addition to this students who were given small goals and tasks to complete by a set date also saw an increased sense of achievement resulting in a boost to their self-esteem and confidence. With public speaking second only to people’s fear of death those students who were able to overcome their fear of performing in front of an audience saw marked improvement in their confidence levels.