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
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!
Playing music is such a personal experience. Performing is taking that personal experience and sharing it with any number of people. If you have the desire to share your work, your progress, your art, then you will love and seek out any avenue to do so. Sure, the first few performances could be rough or scary, but it will definitely be thrilling! You might walk off stage wondering WHAT just happened and why it felt so short. And then...you can't wait to do it again! If you don't find this desire to perform your music, try it anyway. Performing is a life changing experience AND a skill to learn and practice, benefiting many aspects of a successful education and career.
Purchasing a new guitar can be intimidating, especially for a new player. There are so many guitars to choose from it can get confusing and quite overwhelming. On top of that, there is always the risk of running into the “eager” salesmen, known to push either expensive guitars and gear or cheap guitars that you can’t even play. As a guitar instructor, I've had a chance to see a variety of different students with a variety of different guitars. I've witnessed countless students show up to their first lesson with a guitar that is either inappropriate for them and their level of playing, or is simply nothing more than an over-sized toy. I've decided to share some simple tips for new players on what they should consider when purchasing a guitar. There are many things to think about, from price to hardware, types of wood to the types of pickups. But for me, there are only three main things a new guitarist should consider when purchasing a guitar; how it sounds, how it plays, and how it looks.
When learning how to play a new instrument students want to sound good and see results right away, but for most people it isn’t that easy. It takes time and practice, just like it does when learning a sport, or another language or a dance, but it may not take as much time as you think. Professional Canadian hockey player Eric Lindros said, “It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice.” As someone who has been playing the violin for over 30 years, I know that statement is very true. Here are some tips to help any new student learn to practice better:
When I tell someone that I teach piano, the initial response I get is, “I wish I had taken piano lessons when I was younger” or “I wish my mom forced me to continue piano lessons rather than letting me quit.” Since I started teaching in 1992, no one has ever said, "I wish I hadn't learned how to play the piano."As adults and parents, we seem to understand how essential and beneficial learning to play an instrument is in our childhood and adolescent years. Parents have various reasons for investing in music lessons for their kids. One of the main reasons is parents’ belief that music lessons will help their kids in school. And they are right! This is one of the 5 top reasons why kids need to learn a musical instrument. As shown by research, taking music lessons has numerous benefits especially in the development of intelligence and character. Here are 5 Top Reasons for getting your kids involved in music lessons.
When determining whether or not you want to take piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, violin lessons, or drum lessons, the second thing to consider is WHY you would like to take in-home music lessons. In Reason #2 of Why You Should Have In-Home Music Lessons, we consider the CONVENIENCE of in-home music lessons.
When determining whether or not you want to take piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, violin lessons, or drum lessons, the first thing to consider is WHERE you would like to take the lessons. In Reason #1 of Why You Should Have In-Home Music Lessons, we consider the ENVIRONMENT in which you want to learn.