Ennis Music Studio

Statement of Purpose

Ennis Music Studio was established to create a central location for students to have the opportunity to participate in specialized instruction for the instrument of their choice. Since Ennis Music Studio opened in downtown Perry in July of 2007, it has expanded to the areas of dance and art in addition to music.

Lora Ennis, the owner of Ennis Music Studio, wanted a music business that would fit the needs of every student. With the economy in the situation that it is currently in, many students are not financially able to begin instruction with a well trained and experienced teacher. Unlike other music businesses and conservatories, Ennis Music Studio provides teachers in training in addition to experienced teachers. By allowing students to begin lessons with a student teacher, students are able to test the waters of private lessons without the financial requirements of an experienced teacher. Therefore, the student is able to save a substancial amount of money and receive the lessons of their choice. All Student teachers are personally trained by Lora Ennis or another professional exhibiting comparable experience and education.

In addition to providing classes to fit every budget, we provide instruction to prepare students for scholarship competitions, festivals, guilds, recitals, and other events that become available for the student's participation. Although public performance isn't required, participation in these events is strongly encouraged as performance is a part of a well-rounded education experience.

Why is Music Education Important?

"The learning of any subject, including music, beyond a rudimentary level requires organized, systematic instruction."

With schools continuing to cut corners, the arts are becoming extra curricular activites instead of the core curriculum. Unfortunately, most students learn music from school or not at all. This day and age music education is too often begin left to chance, family circumstances, or social conditions. Students who are not given the opportunity to learn music are shortchanged.

Without music, life itself would be bleak and dreary. Think about where you hear music on a regular basis: television, public events, "sonic background" (the background music you hear while you are shopping), public ceremonies, etc. Imagine how boring our lives would be if we didn't have music in all of these areas of our lives.

Why is Music Education so important? "Music is important in people's lives; therefore, learning about music is important." In addition, most people value music and value young people learning music. As a parent and adult, we want young people to have a well-rounded education that includes music. From whistling to complex works, musical examples are as different as sweatsuits and tuxedos. In addition, music is sometimes better than words at expressing feelings. Artistic experiences are valued for insight, psycological satisfaction, and enjoyment. They involve intellect and emotion and are experiences. It is hard to make anything personal without the experience yourself. Music, Dance, and Art do just that; they require personal interaction so that the experience is personal.

If a student doesn't participate in music, what is the result? Repertoire and knowledge of music will be confined. Performance and listening skills will remain undeveloped. Students will be unable to read musical notation, play an instrument, and participate in ensembles. There will be no musical creativity or improvisation and they will be unable to make informed judgments about music. In the end, those not given a music education opportunity will probably never learn to enjoy music in an artistic nature.

What are the non-musical values of music? By performing at local events, students learn aspects of citizenship. Character is developed during lessons by teaching responsibility of practicing and by performing. Imagine someone who is shy or bashful performing in front of hundreds of people. Music gives them an avenue to develop public speaking and presentation skills. Practicing and performing for one's self can relieve stress as expressed by music therapists which improves one's physical health condition. Not only is music directly associated with Mathematics, it has been found that music contributes to reading and speech as well. A feeling of accomplishment after mastering a difficult piece of music will positively affect a student's attitude and moral. In addition, mastering a difficult piece fuels the desire to learn more. Music improves mental capabilities. For instance, it is believed that listening to Mozart or other classical music improves spatial-temporal reasoning and "makes you smarter". Studies show that SAT scores are higher for students who participate in some type of artistic instruction.

© Lora Ennis 2017