Welcome to Little Lake County’s 12 Shops of Christmas! Each day for 12 days, we will feature a wonderful local retailer as a way of encouraging our community to shop local this holiday season.
When you buy local, you are making an investment in yourself and your community. Learn more about these unique shops by doing business close to home.
Taking music lessons is more than just involving your child in an activity or giving them a hobby to pursue. Playing an instrument can help develop hand-eye coordination, encourage creativity, and enhance math skills. There has recently been research from Northwestern University concluding that “regular music-making strengthens non-musical brain functions, such as memory, attention, language skills and reading skills.”
Learning how to play an instrument sparks a passion for children to pursue for the rest of their lives. What started as childhood violin lessons for me, in fact, provided the opportunity to travel around the United States and Europe performing with a college ensemble. Regardless of how far music takes you, having a foundation and appreciation for the musical arts is something that you and your child will always value.
At Knight Music Academy in Lake Zurich, instructors cultivate some of these same values in your child. Through their wide and diverse learning opportunities, anyone can find something that fits their musical interests! Professional musicians, most with a masters degree, have a wealth of experience with both kids and adults. Whether you are looking for Suzuki, traditional, individual or group lessons, there is a wide variety to choose from. Starting as young as age one, students are able to start pursuing music education.
Owner Laura Knight said, “Mini-Mozarts, our early childhood class, is appropriate for children ages one through four. We offer classes on-site, as well as off-site. For example, we have been offering classes for a mom’s group at St. Peter’s church in Volo for the last two years and have just started our third year! In the past, schools have also contracted us to offer music in their schools.”
What sets Knight Music Academy apart is its ability to offer classes to students of all ages — toddlers through adult, and all levels — beginner to advanced. Although most instrument instruction begins at age five, if parents are interested enrolling a younger child in lessons, they can take advantage of a free-trial lesson and assessment with an instructor. Also unique to this academy is the opportunity for students to perform in a group setting- furthering their musical ability as well as sense of team work and cooperation. The academy offers a minimum of three performance opportunities per school year for its students. Knight Music Academy also offers classes and other enrichment opportunities others do not including: an annual guitar workshop, a youth guitar ensemble, an adult flute and guitar ensemble and group voice class. Not only do group classes challenge students musically, they also develop a unique sense of accomplishment when musicians have the opportunity to create a beautiful work of art together.
More than anything, the teachers at Knights Music Academy desire to foster a life-long love of music in their students. What could be a more perfect holiday gift for the child in your life than a new opportunity? Knight Music Academy offers gift certificates for classes in any denomination.
Knight Music Academy is currently running a special; in addition to the free trial lesson, it is offering a special “12 Shops” promo: 15% off any lessons or classes. New students only. Offer expires January 15, 2016. No cash value. All academy policies apply.
Disclosure: 12 Shops of Christmas is part of a paid advertising partnership with Little Lake County.