LOS ANGELES, CA - To help children born with cleft lips and/or palates, concert pianist/composer Oksana Kolesnikova is scheduled to perform a special benefit concert at The Paseo Club in Valencia on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

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Ever wondered if playing an instrument is good for your brain?

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? In a TED Ed video Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

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What is the best age to start learning?

Oksana KolesnikovaAs someone who has been teaching music for over 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to have taught students from every age group imaginable. And the one constant that I continue to see is the misconception by many adults that there's a certain “window” that their child needs to start learning music by. The age varies, depending on the parent, but the age limit seems to be around the age of 12. This imaginary window has even prevented many adults and adolescents from wanting to take lessons, with many basing this off of the false idea that it'd be too late to start learning from scratch or that there would be no point in doing so. I'm here to tell you that this cannot be further from the truth.

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Oksana's Personal Experience

Overcoming Shyness through Music - Oksana School of MusicWhen I was a little girl, I had a problem many children face: I was shy. It was difficult for me to relate to my classmates, not to mention the trouble I had talking to my teachers. I felt like I had nothing that would show the world that I was special. Then, thanks to my parents, I found music.

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Oksana School of Music Receives 2013 Best of Beverly Hills Award

Beverly Hills Award Program Honors the Achievement

BEVERLY HILLS  -- October 29, 2013 -- Oksana School of Music has been selected for the 2013 Best of Beverly Hills Award in the Music Schools category by the Beverly Hills Award Program.

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