Music Education

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Our core business is Music Education.  It is how we built our business over the past 20 years and it is what we are doing everyday for the next 20 years.  We have taught thousands of students to reach their music goals.  Many have gone on to amazing careers in academia, orchestra, semi-pro entertainment, and even chart topping Billboard pop groups.  We are the best choice in the region for the student who truly desires what music has to offer.

First and foremost, Wadsworth Music is dedicated to providing you the highest caliber instructor possible from former and current band directors to Masters and PHD level scholars.  We have prodigies and professional entertainers as well as working local recording artists.  Our teachers are the finest in the business and have dedicated their lives not only to being the best at their instrument; they are the best at transforming others into the highest quality musicians.  We are very proud to offer you over a hundred years of combined tenure and experience that graces our local downtown music shop.

One language...infinite expression.

 

Furthermore, our students  love being immersed in the culture we provide here.  We are like that old downtown gym where Rocky trained to become the future champ.  We are that garage where the new rock band decides to take on the world.  We have the keys to help you get  good fast and pass the audition! Everyday, we are unfolding music's secrets, sharing knowledge, and inviting all to discover the song inside their very own heart. 

We are confident that you will find your passion for music and value learning here with us so much that your life will be forever enhanced.  New dimensions and a brighter world await you and we are so excited to guide you along your magical musical journey.  

You may contact our front desk by visiting our store or by calling us

Wadsworth Music

Lessons - Repairs - Sales

133 College Street

Wadsworth, OH 44281

330-335-5355

330-334-5355

wmlessons@wadsworthmusic.com

We sell just about any instrument for any skill level and budget.  We have rental and financing optiona available, too.

We do have an excellent repair staff.  Repairs can be very inepensive or very expensive and will need to be brought in for an examination and quote.

There are exceptionally young starters who do well with rhythm; however, most students who are reading and writing will have the attention span for learning music.  Vocal students are ideally going to be age 13 and older.

You are more than welcome to use one of ours for a lesson.  You do need to have one at home so you can enjoy the most success by practicing your lessons.  If you are on our Rent-to-Own plan, you may change instruments within the first 6 months.

Scheduling

  1. First, go to the "Payment" tab on this page and choose a lesson product.  Purchase a single lesson or a month of lessons.  You can now reserve lessons or request to be placed on the waiting list for a specific day/time.  (Prepaying for the lesson will be your way of giving us your contact info and setting up your account for all future payments )
  2. Email wmlessons@wadsworthmusic.com or call us at 330-335-5355.  We will help you find the teacher best suited for you and a day/time to reserve.   

Your lesson day and time is the same and will repeat as long as you have paid for the time slot or have a card on file.  You will contact your teacher by email to request any changes to your scheduled time.  

As long as you have lesson credits on your account, you are allowed to request to be next in line for when a slot becomes available.

Find your teacher by going to the "Teachers" tab, locate your teacher's name and click on it.  You are able to view their calendar on their page.  Find an open slot that you would like to reserve and email your request to your teacher.  Your teacher will respond with an approval and then you have the spot reserved.

Email the lesson desk at wmlessons@wadsworthmusic.com or call us at 330-335-5355.

Yes, sometimes your lesson slot will have an opening before or after yours and can be easily reserved.  You can purchase as many single lessons as you want as long as the slots are available.

Cancellations

Anytime prior to the lesson you are canceling, you will contact your teacher at their Wadsworth Music email address.  If you are a monthly member, you will be allowed one make-up opportunity for the canceled lesson within the next 4 weeks.  If you are not a monthly member or neglect to notify your instructor prior to the lesson; there will not be a make-up available.

Yes, you are not officially on the teacher's schedule until you have some form of payment or card on file first.  No student is able to reserve a lesson spot until it is paid for.  We offer a card on file option as well as the website for payment. You may mail in the payment but it must be in on time for the lesson slot to remain in "reserved" status.

Monthly memberships are a flat rate.  We provide the opportunity to have 4 (and some months 5) lessons.  You are paying to "own" a set time and day occuring each week.  Technically you decide by taking (or not taking) advantage of the make-up opportunities when you cancel a lesson.

Make-ups

Go to your teachers calendar and find an open time slot that will work for you.  Email your teacher a request for that open slot or all openings you may be interested in.  Once your teacher responds with the approval, you have the reservation.

When your teacher misses lessons, you will have substitute or your teacher will schedule a make-up with you.  To enrich your music education, you will have the unique opportunity to have a lesson with any instructor on any instrument or voice.

Yes!  We strongly recommend you do this when you have the opportunity.  All music students who plan on attending college level music courses will need to demonstrate keyboard, vocal, and theory skils along with their instrument of concentration.

Guitar and keyboard players should focus on vocal lessons.  All musicians who have the advantage of not using wind for their instrument are totally free to sing over their playing.

The main advantage percussionists have over all other students is the fact that they concentrate mostly on mastering timing and rhythm.  Every student is expected to master timing on their instrument.  Take percussion as a make-up lesson  whenever possible and you will become a rhythm master on your instrument.

Percussion

Drumset, Bells, Marching Snare, Drumline

Brass

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Low Brass

Woodwinds

Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute

Bowed Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Voice

Classical, Speech Level, Belting

Studio Recording

  • Wes McGraw

Mic placement, Tracking, Mixing, Plugins, Mastering

Guitar Repair

  • John O'Leary (15 years)

Restring-Setup, Fret-Milling, Electronics, Nut Repair-Replacement 

Pay By Lesson

PAY ONLINE

$20

Pay and reserve

Non-Refundable

No Rescheduling

No Make-ups 

Pay by Month

PAY ONLINE

$80

Reserve 4 to 5 lessons 

Hold time slots

Call-off anytime prior 

Make-ups allowed

Pay By Week

CARD ON FILE

$21

Reserve and pay weekly

Hold time slots

Call-off anytime prior

Make-ups allowed

You are only on the teacher's calendar if your lessons are prepaid or you have a backup card on file.  A lesson slot is available until it reserved and paid for.   Please pay prior to the new month if you plan on retaining your time slot.

If you prefer to pay as you go and hold a recurring lesson slot on the teacher's calendar, we require you to place a payment card on file with us.  Otherwise, pay the $80 membership prior to each new month to remain on the schedule.

Yes we offer financing for lesson tuition and instruments.  In most cases, we offer interest-free financing for 6-12 months.

Develop your inner genius!

Can Music Boost Your Brain Power?

5 Ways Music Helps the Mind

WebMD Feature from Turner Broadcasting System

By Serusha Govender

Your brain loves music like Willy Wonka loves chocolate. No, really, it does. Let’s paint a picture of your brain on music: While sound drifts through your auditory pathways, pitch registers in the language center, rhythm rockets through the motor regions, and the rest of your brainchips in to puzzle out tune, predict melody, connect it to memory and decide whether or not you want to buy it on iTunes. "Your brain lights up like a Christmas tree when you listen to music," says neurologic music therapist Kimberly Sena Moore. "Music is really such a complex stimulus... and you can use it in an intentional way for general wellness."

Here’s how music gives your mind the edge...

Music Makes You Smarter!

Learning to play a musical instrument boosts memory

Whether you're strumming a guitar or working a woodwind, playing an instrument will sharpen your memory recall and protect your mind from the ravages of old age. The process involves a complex list of tasks (like finger placement and reading musical notes) that expands your working memory capacity. Over time, your brain will learn to perform more tasks simultaneously without getting overloaded, and you’ll remember information longer. Also, playing in a group (like in an orchestra) strengthens your ability to extract smaller pieces of information from a complex landscape, which fine-tunes your long-term learning skills.

Musical training makes you brainier

Learning a musical instrument is like an Olympic Games for the mind. It teaches the brain to problem-solve, which is why people who’ve had musical training are usually better at math, science and engineering later in life. Timing is everything, though: The results are better for those who start young. “Kids’ minds are still forming,” says Moore. "Their brains are still actively developing and being molded." The more intense the musical training, the more kids' brains will develop. "[In musical training] you’re requiring a bunch of core cognitive systems to take part," says Petr Janata, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California Davis Center for Mind and Brain. "There’ve been studies that show these kids’ verbal working memory scores increased."

Did you miss out on violin lessons as a child? No sweat. Adults can still benefit from musical training, says Moore, because the minds stays "plastic" throughout our lives. "Keeping your working memory engaged helps slow down cognitive decline... so it’s never too late to reap the benefits," she says.

Group singing makes you happier

 

The act of singing sends vibrations through the body that simultaneously lower the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) and release endorphins, making us feel content. The anticipation of a singing group’s melodic changes floods the body with dopamine, resulting in a sense of euphoria. Research shows that choir singing also releases the antibody s-IgA, which boosts our immune system -- especially when the song is moving (Mozart’s "Requiem in D Minor" is a frontrunner). Can’t find a group to sing with, or perhaps just too shy? Go solo! Doctors say singing releases oxytocin (the happiness hormone), so even singing alone can be an instant mood booster.

 

Listening to music soothes pain (and the emotions)

Love listening to your favorite jams on your way to work? It’s more than just a fun distraction -- a team of Swedish researchers found that frequently listening to music you like reduces your cortisol levels. In a case of music over matter, it can also be a great pain killer by simultaneously distracting you and boosting your positive emotions. "Music [also] has a capacity to evoke nostalgia," says Janata. "Nostalgia is essentially a mechanism that helps provide meaning in life and helps us through our existential crises."

Drumming can jumpstart brain function

The brain instinctively syncs to rhythm, any and all kinds of rhythm -- which explains why you’ll subconsciously walk (or run) in time to a beat. So it makes sense that rhythmic music (such as drumming) taps into the brain in a very special way. Percussion instruments are a lot easier to learn than, say, the cello, and you can get immediate results from the combo of the sound, the vibrations and the visual experience. In fact, therapists use drumming to reach patients with severe dementia and Alzheimer’s who normally don’t respond to outside stimulation. Moore recalls a session at a veterans’ home where severely withdrawn Alzheimer’s patients were roused with a simple drumming exercise. "They were all in a circle [and] you could see the change immediately," she says. "There was more eye contact, there were some smiles going on, there was a social engagement... they were also paying attention and responding to their own [drumming] and what they others were doing as well. It’s that automatic sensory feedback." Drumming doesn't just benefit those with dementia or Alzheimer's, though: Studies show that banging a drum is a great stress reliever even for those with healthy brains.