Most full-time musicians are by nature hard workers; we do everything we can to make sure our passions fill our purses. But what happens when the pursuit of our dreams becomes a drain on other areas of our lives? Being in a career with the long, strange hours that come with performing or teaching music tends to create tough family situations. We hear too often of our musician friends’ marriages collapsing or of their terrible relationships with their kids. So how do we do it? How do we balance our personal lives with our careers as musicians?
Metro Music Makers has an ongoing partnership with HomeStretch, an organization that guides working homeless families with minor children toward increased self-reliance and stability by providing Life Skills education, mentoring and supportive housing. Every other Tuesday night, we send a music instructor with a music therapy background to facilitate music classes for the children while the parents attend Life Skills classes. Calia Howse, a voice, clarinet, guitar, piano and ukulele instructor at Metro Music Makers, has been leading these classes recently, and she shares some of her experiences below.
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
The second episode of our Metro Music Makers podcast is up and ready for listening! This time, we're interviewing Renee Holliman, our local assessment center supervisor for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. If you're new to the Royal Conservatory program, it's a judged event for students that tests their technical skills, performance proficiency, ear training and more. Renee hosted an amazing workshop for our teachers all about the program requirements, how to prepare your students, how to enroll and more, and now you get a sneak peak into this goldmine of material FREE!
As we continue to feature some of our most outstanding students with our Student of the Month honors, we'd also like to occasionally introduce you to some of our teachers, who are always working hard both in and out of lessons. We'd like you to meet Caitlin Andrews.
Over the last few months, Allison and I have been venturing into the wonderful world of public speaking! This morning took us to the North Fulton Music Teachers Association, where we gave an exciting and unique talk about teaching strategies for students with special needs, behavioral issues or other learning challenges from a Music Therapy perspective. As Music Therapists, we're trained to meet our clients where they are and adapt to a wide range of behavioral, emotional and cognitive diagnoses. Today, we shared some of our ideas for adapting teaching strategies to meet the needs of students struggling with reading difficulties, tantrums, difficulty focusing, hyperactivity, social deficits and more, whether or not they have a specific diagnosis.