Need ideas for your musician this Valentine's Day? You've landed in the right place. We're sharing our favorite Valentine's Day gifts for musicians. Order now to have your gift arrive just in time for the love fest.
written by Allison Boyd, Metro Music Makers Founder and President
Halloween is the perfect day to “trick” your family and friends with spooky sounds on your instrument. We’ve got advice from our staff members on how to create sound effects that will make your spine tingle.
Our free goal-setting printables make the first music lessons of 2016 fun and productive for teachers and students. Even the youngest students benefit from talking about their accomplishments in 2015 and planning their goals for the upcoming year. Teachers, walk through the goal-setting process with your students by
It's the final week before Santa's sleigh touches down, and we've got our top stocking stuffer recommendations for all you last-minute shoppers.
Music instruments are popular gifts during the holiday season and, we believe, the best gifts anyone could receive. The gift of a guitar or keyboard can spark creativity and lead to life-long inspiration. Each Christmas, parents put instruments under the tree in hopes that their children will develop a love for playing music. It's important to remember that the quality of an instrument can make all the difference in the initial stages of learning. A good quality instrument can motivate and inspire; whereas, an instrument of poor quality can limit a student's progress and eventually lead to frustration. We receive many calls and emails each holiday season asking for our advice in selecting an instrument. The 2 most popular instruments are keyboard and guitar, and we're sharing our recommendations and considerations for purchasing either one as a gift. Don't forget to complete your holiday gift with private, in-home lessons to start the New Year!
Our company is thrilled to announce that we now offer in-home lessons for woodwind instruments as we welcome the very talented Mr. J.T. Lee to the Metro Music Makers team. Mr. J.T.'s expertise includes a variety of instruments - saxophone, bass, piano, guitar, flute and clarinet; and we know that our students are going to really enjoy lessons with Mr. J.T.
As all veteran singers know, vowels are the meat-and-potatoes of our trade. However, I want to explain to young singers just a few of the different ways they may use vowels in their practicing to enhance their vocal skills. In this article I’ll talk about the importance of finding favorite vowels, round vowel sounds, when to modify vowels, and singing legato by focusing on vowels.
As a music therapist, I am frequently asked “What is music therapy?” A simple explanation I have learned is: music therapy is the process of using music to achieve non-musical goals. Non-musical goals are based on the needs of the client. For example, if I have a client with Autism who has difficulty communicating his feelings, one of my non-musical goals could involve increasing emotional expression. Now you might be wondering, “How can you use music to help increase emotional expression?” And that is a great question! Instead of explaining how to specifically increase emotional expression, though, I will explain how we help achieve non-musical goals, in general. There are 4 different musical experiences that music therapists can use to help their clients achieve their goals.