Money Isn't Everything: Balancing Life As a Musician

7/24/17 7:42 AM / by Julie Tiemann posted in Behind The Scenes, Our Teachers, Teacher Tips

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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?

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Metro Music Makers brings the joy of music to families served by HomeStretch

5/1/17 7:10 AM / by Julie Tiemann posted in Behind The Scenes, Community

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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.

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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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Metro Music Makers Workshop Podcast: Episode 2

11/17/15 1:09 PM / by Sara Longwell posted in Behind The Scenes

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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!

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Teacher Spotlight: Caitlin Andrews

1/28/15 12:55 PM / by Sara Longwell posted in Teacher Spotlight, Behind The Scenes, Our Teachers

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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.

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Metro Music Makers Speaks At The North Fulton Music Teachers Association!

1/14/14 11:32 PM / by Sara Longwell posted in Behind The Scenes, Community, Music Therapy

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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.

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We've Got Big Plans for 2014!

12/31/13 4:05 PM / by Sara Longwell posted in Behind The Scenes, Music Lessons, Music Therapy

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Behind the scenes, here at Metro Music Makers, we are buzzing about the New Year!  Happy New Year 2014

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