Smarter Kids Through Music and a Student Story

Smarter Kids Through Music

According to MIT: if you want smarter kids, they will develop stronger intelligence when they learn music than when they learn to code.
We musicians all knew that already of course, but it still feels good when a highly credible institution like MIT acknowledges how amazingly impactful the study of music is on success and intelligence.

Here’s a great read about this.

The study of music will make your kid smarter than the study of coding

The many joys of being a guitar teacher in Los Angeles

The other night, I was laying on the couch after a long day of teaching.
My wife, Tiannah, was sitting next to me and we were scrolling through Amazon Prime on our Apple TV trying to find something to watch.

My eyes fell on a show called “Mr. Robot”. We both reacted “Oh cool, with Rami Malek, the actor who played Freddy Mercury in the Queen movie.”
The plot looked intriguing enough for us to give it a try.

I really enjoyed the show. I thought it was pretty cool.
Then the ending credits start rolling, and I see “Writer: David Iserson”.

In the following episodes, the name “David Iserson” kept popping up either as a writer or as a producer, or both. I was too comfortable on the couch to get myself to go google David in my office. The following morning, the first chance I had in between guitar students, I googled “Mr. Robot TV show”, and whose face do I see appearing in the writing and producer credits?

The happy face of my awesomely fun guitar student David Iserson, who’s been learning guitar with me for about two and half years now.
I knew David was a writer, I just didn’t have a clue he was a writer with that many amazing credits.

This is always so unbelievably much fun when this happens.
I’ve had it happen quite a number of times that I suddenly see the name of one of my students in the ending credits of a movie or TV show.
Only in Los Angeles haha.

Here’s some info on David.

David on Wikipedia

and here

David’s IMDB

And Here I Thought NOBODY Could Sound like Freddie Mercury

Speaking of Queen, I was absolutely astonished the day I heard Marc Martel cover a Queen song.

Freddie Mercury has always been one of my all-time favorite rock singers. I always felt that everything about Freddie’s artistry, his voice color, his control, and his vocal strength, are unparalleled. So imagine my surprise when I heard Marc sing. I was so utterly surprised, happy, and touched by the striking similarity to Freddie’s voice when I heard Marc sing, that it brought tears to my eyes.

Marc is from Canada. He’s not only an exceptional singer, but he’s also a multi-instrumentalist.

Hear Marc perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the following video. It’s absolutely lovely!


Hit me up anytime at if you have any questions, or if you would like to book a lesson.

These free lessons are cool, but you will never experience the progress, joy, and results that my students experience in lessons when you’re learning by yourself from blogs and videos.

That is why people take lessons: way better results and progress, much more complete information, exposed to way more creative ideas than you can get from a blog or YouTube video.
There is only so much that self-study can accomplish.

If you want to see amazing results and progress in your guitar playing, buy your first lesson here and get started ASAP.

  • 1 Lesson = 75

You’ll impress your friends and loved ones in no time with your guitar playing!

Consider donating any small amount to help me keep this blog going.
Thank you for your support!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (6 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Tagged , , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

  1. Sonali Says:

    Thank you very much, this was a good read.

    November 2nd, 2021 at 2:48 am
  2. Common Songwriting Mistakes Says:

    Do you also love listening to and singing songs? I hope the answer is yes. Most of us love listening and singing sounds? But have you ever thought about who writes the lyrics of any song? Have you ever tried writing a song before? Of course, singing any song is way simpler than writing it. But why is songwriting complicated? Today we will tell you about some mistakes which most of us commit while songwriting. Also, we will learn what makes songwriting difficult? So are you ready to learn about songwriting?

    November 6th, 2021 at 7:24 am
  3. vreny Says:

    Thank you for your comment. Songwriting is actually really simple and easy. I can get any of my students to write songs after learning their very first guitar chord. I was literally writing songs after only learning one or two chords, about 34 years ago. It’s pretty much like Paul McCartney told Dave Grohl in the movie Sound City: “But it (writing songs) always is THAT easy”. I agree with Paul. Everyone who says differently is making songwriting (out to be) much harder than it really only is. Strum a chord, sing melodies, and you have a song. That is all there is to it. From there on, of course, you can keep evolving, learning concepts that will lead to more complex or richer sounding songs: modal interchange chords, line clichés, secondary dominants, approach chords, constant structure, from and structure, ostinatos, and so on. But the gist of it still stands: songwriting is much less hard than most make it out to be! 🙂

    March 21st, 2022 at 3:19 pm
  4. vreny Says:

    You’re very welcome. Glad you liked it.

    March 21st, 2022 at 4:43 pm