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
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.
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:
There is a lot of excitement surrounding our student, Isabel Gonzalez, and her recent audition on American Idol. She “wowed” the judges and received feedback that is equally as impressive as her audition. Nicki Minaj told Isabel that her audition was “effortless” and that she’s a “natural.” Keith Urban praised our 17 year old student for walking out with confidence to perform in front of them. And we all love Mariah Carey’s quote, “You are so adorable. People are going to fall in love with you, because you are a star.” These music industry heavy-hitters were instantly head-over-heels for Isabel. So, the question remains, what did she do to get there?
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 third thing to consider is how your TIME should factor into the decision. In Reason #3 of Why You Should Have In-Home Music Lessons, we consider the TIME SAVINGS 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.