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Finding Perfect Harmony at the Frisco School of Music

By Pamela Sosnowski

As the largest music school in its community, the Frisco School of Music has taught over 9,000 students the joys of learning an instrument since its doors opened 15 years ago. Whether an aspiring musician is interested in strumming the ukulele or wailing on the alto saxophone, the school offers a wide variety of lessons to satisfy nearly every musical taste and give the student a lifelong confidence. "Music study is a self-confidence builder," explains Owner/Director Chris Duncan. "Students see they can accomplish playing even a simple song at first and feel a sense of accomplishment."

For children that are not athletically inclined, learning to play music helps them share camaraderie with other like-minded individuals and belong to a group with the same interest. Research indicates that musical education can also improve school grades and classroom focus. "The connections in the brain that carry math and science information are the same used for music - so stimulating the growth of these connections increases brain function," says Duncan.

The Frisco School of Music offers a wide variety of lessons in one location in the heart of Frisco. The facility is open seven days a week with lesson times that are flexible and offered on a first-come, first serve basis. And if parents wish to wait for their children while they enjoy their lesson, a waiting area provides free Wi-Fi, comfy chairs, a coloring table for kids, and observation windows into the teaching studios.

The school is also very proud of its faculty members, many of whom received degrees from prestigious music colleges and have performed all over the world. All teachers have been screened with a background and reference check, and are friendly, patient, and make the effort to get to know each student and their parents.

One of the joys of taking music lessons is having the opportunity to perform in front of audiences. The Frisco School of Music's students perform several concerts throughout the year for Frisco-area residents to enjoy. "Studies have shown that students who perform regularly stay with lessons longer to become intermediate and advanced players," says Duncan. "Most students perform 5-6 times per year at our concerts, coffee house shows, Band Blowout shows, Achievement Graduation, and WOW Showcases." Earlier this year the school completed construction of a 140-seat performance hall that serves as the venue for in-house shows and is also available for rent.

The music and fun doesn't stop during the summer months. From June to August, several camps of study are offered, and not just in music and singing, but in art, dance, and theater as well. Some of the specific camps held this year included "Get Into the Beat" - an introduction to drumming camp - and camps focused on teaching clay art, ballet, and Broadway theatre.

So if you live in the Frisco area and your child expresses an interest in music, check out the Frisco School of Music. You may find the benefits go beyond knowing how to carry a tune.

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