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Valentine's Day Gifts for Musicians

2/4/20 7:57 PM / by Allison posted in Metro Music Makers, musicians, piano lessons Alpharetta, play guitar, voice lessons alpharetta, buying a guitar, guitar lessons Alpharetta, Miscellaneous, music, singers, songwriter, valentine's day gift, valentine's day gifts for musicians, valentine's day musician

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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.

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7 tips for memorizing music

12/3/18 7:22 AM / by Allison posted in Music Lessons, Performance Tips, Practicing

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written by Allison Boyd, Metro Music Makers Founder and President

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Play "Tricks" This Halloween With Spooky Sounds

10/31/17 12:57 PM / by Allison posted in Teacher Tips

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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.

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Beat the Couch Potato Blues: Take Summer Lessons

5/2/16 8:45 PM / by Allison posted in Miscellaneous

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Beat the Couch Potato Blues GraphicWe LOVE our summer lessons for many reasons, and here are just a few:

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Download Our Free Goal-Setting Printables for Your First Music Lesson of 2016

12/31/15 12:42 AM / by Allison posted in piano lessons Alpharetta, violin lessons alpharetta, voice lessons alpharetta, Behind The Scenes, guitar lessons, guitar lessons Alpharetta, guitar lessons atlanta, in-home music lessons, Miscellaneous, music lessons, Music Lessons, piano lessons, piano lessons atlanta, practice, practice time, Practicing, Student Corner, Teacher Tips, violin lessons, voice lessons

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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 gohappy-new-years-eve-2015-19 copyals for the upcoming year.  Teachers, walk through the goal-setting process with your students by

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7 Stocking Stuffers for Music Students

12/17/15 5:29 PM / by Allison posted in Miscellaneous

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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.

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The Essential Holiday Gift Guide to Purchasing Music Instruments (Keyboard and Guitar Edition)

12/1/15 10:25 PM / by Allison posted in guitar atlanta, piano lessons Alpharetta, play guitar, buying a guitar, buying a keyboard, buying a piano, Guitar, guitar lessons, holiday gift, keyboard, music instruments, Music Lessons, Piano, piano lessons, piano lessons atlanta, Teacher Tips

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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!

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Introducing Mr. J.T. Lee and Woodwind Lessons to MMM Students!

11/4/14 4:11 PM / by Allison posted in Music Lessons, Our Teachers

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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.

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Find Your Best Tone by Singing Your Favorite Vowel

10/3/13 1:57 PM / by Allison posted in singing lessons, Miscellaneous, singer, singing, singing vowels, voice, voice lessons, voice teacher

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singing vowelsAs 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.

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How Music Therapists Use Music

9/24/13 1:44 PM / by Allison posted in music therapists, music therapy, adaptive lessons, Miscellaneous, music therapy alpharetta, music therapy atlanta, music therapy johns creek

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Pre-k music therapyAs 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.

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