Are you ready? This is the last week of the practice challenge. Get those hats filled in for every time that you practice to win the challenge. You’ve still got a week left to add some extra practice time to your total.
Winners will be announced during the Christmas Holiday! Let’s get on that instrument or listen to lesson book CD’s. Let’s win!!
Imagine composing your own music and being able to see the written version. There are many software programs that will give you the tools to do just that! Forte Notation is one of those programs that are easy to use. And they are temporarily having a free Give Way of the basic App.
Usually FORTE Basic is $ 24, but until September 14 you can download it for FREE. No strings attached whatsoever. Download here– Forte Notation Software and start writing your own scores today!
Summer Vacation is over. I hope that everyone has fully enjoyed this special time of the year. And now – let the new school year begin!
Music lessons will start the third week of school – the week of September 12th. All students from last season have been given priority for registration until September 1st. Registration is now open to all.
You may start by going to REGISTRATION & INFORMATION REQUEST
It’s now time to register for the coming year!
What is better than having instant access to the music that you want to play? I love the accessibility of the digital download sites. You have instant downloads – and – you can load it on your tablet to use during lessons. This is great for sight reading exercises, but also when trying to find new repertoire for a student who just doesn’t know what they want to study! This is a link to one of the sites that I use. They have a lot of “freebie” things and you can earn points towards future purchases. It’s a win win music site!
Tonight’s concert was spectacular!! All students performed so very well. I am so proud to have helped to develop such great musical talent!
Have you ever wondered how the scales that we use in music were developed? These scale notes are used in our everyday music. They also define the chords that we use when harmonizing a melody.
I’ve found this following video and its’ accompanying videos to give a clear explanation and understanding of this scientific fact. Please watch these YouTube videos and enjoy!
It’s the month of the famous piano composer’s birthday! Check out this site’s great resources for Chopin’s music. They have so much interesting information gathered in one spot – and it changes every month!
Most parents know the value of practice. How can a parent – musically inclined or not help their child to develop good practice habits?
Children need parental help to establish a productive practice routine at least until they are 11 years old. Help them to read their assignments. Help them to keep their routine. Encourage them to keep trying – even when the going is tough. They can overcome many difficulties when they learn to keep a positive attitude,
Decide with your child when is the best time to practice. Give them two or three options to choose from. They will enjoy being an active participant in choosing their routine. These chosen practice schedules should be kept every day such as any doctor or dentist appointment. Consistent daily practice is the key to good progress. Cramming for an hour the night before the lesson is much less effective than 10 minutes every day. And don’t forget to practice on the lesson day! Instructions are still fresh in their mind and will be better applied to their week’s work.
Give a visual feedback chart to record their practice. Many charts are available to download. Students may fill in with times or stickers. You may even have a “thermometer” chart that could be coloured for each practice session. Children may also be encouraged if rewards are offered after a certain amount of practice is achieved. Rewards may be as simple as choosing a special dessert or as extravagant as choosing where to go for a special occasion.
Enable a successful practice session. Make sure that proper lighting is available. Do they have a distraction free place to practice? Are siblings cooperative in allowing them to practice at their designated time? Do they have all the necessary tools? Do they need a music stand to hold their books? Does their keyboard need new batteries or a power cord? Is their chair/stool the correct height? Is their instrument tuned? Does their instrument need to be tuned? Great guitar tuning Apps are available for free for most electronic devices. I’ve also found that tuners that clamp to the guitar head are easily handled and very accurate.
Invest in a quality instrument to help your child experience beautiful sounds. There are many great and affordable options that will give your child the tools that they need to truly experience music lessons. An investment in a good instrument ensures that you are receiving the most benefits in your child’s musical education.
Record them. This can be done with both photos and videos. It will enable both parent and child to see progress over time and to create a wonderful keepsake.
Be involved! Ask questions about their lesson. What is their favorite piece? Here is a great resource of good questions along with blank cards to create your own. Question Cards Show them that you care about their musical abilities. Brag about them to grandparents and friends. Encouragement and taking an active part in their lessons will develop their confidence and desire to continue to develop their musical skills.
Not all children will become professional musicians, but all children may benefit from music study by developing life long skills and the enjoyment of music!