6 Reasons Why You Should Study Classical Music

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Here at the California Conservatory of Music, we’re all about teaching music. At our Bay Area music schools, we hold to the fact that the best teachers are lifelong students themselves, and we keep challenging ourselves to grow as musicians. Our music instructors at the California Conservatory of Music are helping our Santa Clara music students and the students of our music school in Redwood City learn, grow, and practice to become excellent musicians. If you’re a budding musician, it’s super important that you study classical music.

Here are six reasons why it’s important to study classical music:

1) Classical music is the basic building block for all other genres.

You need to think about classical music as a Lego brick. Putting different Legos together results in all different kinds of colorful creations and masterpieces, but if you don’t know how to put the bricks together, you have limited building abilities. Whats more is the technique and musical understanding that is achieved through the study of classical music makes it easy for students and musicians to perform other styles.

2) Practicing classical music develops your chops

We’re not talking about pork chops or lamb chops; in musical terms, “chops” refer to your physical abilities and mastery of techniques.  Chops are key to fulfilling your wildest musical dreams. Learning classical music teaches you to use your hands in a totally new way—talk about developing some fine-motor skills! Whether you want to be able to play a rip roaring solo or to play your favorite song, you need to know and acquire the proper techniques to carry those tunes. Nothing will give you technical control your hands better than studying and practicing the techniques necessary to perform classical music.   

3) Classical music feeds your brain (and the rest of your body, too)

There are loads of studies out there that prove the benefits of simply listening to classical music.  Some of those benefits include sleeping better, feeling more relaxed, and becoming happier. Well, imagine what happens to your brain when you go beyond being a passive listener and turn into an active learner? Your memory increases, your hand-eye coordination improves, and even boosts your reading comprehension

4) Classical develops your repertoire

The more songs you know, the more gigs you’ll get—with the understanding that you play well, of course! You can’t leave classical music out of the equation if you have an interest in playing songs from many different musical traditions. Learning and studying classical music gives you more options:  not only will you learn more tunes, but you’ll probably also learn more techniques and learn to read music better. 

5) Classical music teaches you to set goals and conquer fears

We’re not going to sugarcoat it:  it’s not necessarily easy to play classical music and play it well.  When you dive in to a classical piece, however, you’re taking a risk.  You’re going to make mistakes—and then conquer them.  You’re challenging yourself to do something you couldn’t do before. You will reap the rewards of perseverance and hard work when you finally finish that piece of music!

6) Studying classical music gives you a crash course in applied music theory

Music theory explains what music does and what’s going on when we hear it. Components of music theory include melody, harmony, rhythm, scales, chords, and how they all work together.  There are two ways of learning music theory:  the textbook-worksheet way or the applied way.  The applied way means that you learn the ideas and theories behind music as you go. Sometimes this is called practical theory since it’s practical that you would learn these ideas as you go through a piece of music, study it, and practice it! Classical music is rich with musical concepts, and there’s no better place to learn the rules and elements of music than in classical music. (And if you want to learn how to write your own music, study classical—you can learn the rules and then add your style to them.)

Are you ready to hone your chops, feed your brain, and become a better musician?  Have you considered taking up the violin, cello, piano, or guitar? We have expert music teachers who specialize in each of these instruments and we’d love to add you to our list of music students! Whether you’re looking at music lessons for yourself or you want to put your child into lessons, the music teachers at the California Conservatory of Music can help you achieve your musical goals. Contact us today to schedule your first lesson.