Summer Plans

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Articles for Parents, Articles for Students | No Comments

So your child has successfully finished a year of band.  Congratulations!  It takes a lot of commitment to be a part of the band and your child showed great dedication this year.  As the school year comes to a close it seems band is coming to an end, but I want to give you a ...

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Concert Etiquette? What is that?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Articles for Parents | No Comments

Being a musician requires practice. Being a great musician requires LOTS of practice. As adults we recognize the fact that good manners dictate that we respect the hard work and time that a performer has put in to prepare the performance we are watching. For younger students this intrinsic respect for the performer may not ...

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Tips for Preparing a Solo

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Articles for Students | No Comments

Working on solos is one of the most beneficial activities you will do in band. It will reinforce the things you have already learned and expand your skills with new knowledge. Another added benefit of playing a solo is helping you gain confidence in your playing. It is perfectly normal to have some anxiety about playing by yourself, but ...

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Twelve Benefits of Music Education

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Articles for Parents | No Comments

1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire ...

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Life Skills Learned in Music

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in Articles for Parents | No Comments

Attribution Patricial Shehan Campbell, Claire Connell, and Amy Beegle (2007), “Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music in and out of School,” Journal of Research in Music Education, 55(3), p. 229. Item Text In discussing life benefits of music study, the authors report, “The most heavily reported life preparation skill was self-discipline, with respondents acknowledging that the ...

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Practice Tips for Students and Parents

Posted by on Aug 7, 2009 in Articles for Parents | No Comments

by Larry Newman, Director of Children’s Music Workshop The excitement of a new adventure is enough to provide an ample supply of positive motivation for the first several weeks of the instrumental music experience. Once the initial enthusiasm wears off, it is important to immediately develop wholesome practice habits which will guarantee a successful and ...

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10 Tips For Learning Piano

Ten tips for helping your child be successful in learning to play the piano: 1.  The study of piano increases a child’s imagination through musical self-expression and increases self-discipline and concentration. 2. Create a suitable learning environment away from distractions, such as TV and cell phones. Create piano time to open the door to musical ...

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Five Tips for Better Practice

Posted by on Jul 4, 2009 in Articles for Students, Practice Tips | No Comments

WARM-UP Like athletes, musicians need to warm up the muscles they’ll be using. Start slowly with long tones such as whole and half notes. This will help get your mind and body focused and ready to go on. SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF These goals should be based on what your teacher assigned: for example, “today ...

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