New Music Season

brain on music 2Summer Vacation has been GREAT!  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 full week of school – the week of September 26th.  All students from last season have been given priority for registration until September 1st. Registration is now open to all.


                               It’s now time to register for the coming year!  


The Overtone Series


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!

How Can I Help My Child Be Successful in Music Lessons?

“This is How You Can Help Your Child Be Successful in Music Lessons!

1. Provide a good in-tune home instrument – We’ve blogged about this before, but having a decent instrument at home is paramount to the success of your kid’s music lessons. Without a way to properly practice at home, your child will feel inadequate come lesson time and will rapidly lose motivation and interest.

2. Attend lessons regularly with all needed materials and a well-rested child – Regular attendance ensures that your child progresses. Progression leads to feelings of self-confidence and achievement. Music students need their books at every lesson as well as any other materials suggested by their teacher. Keep books organized at home and teach your child learn to be responsible for their materials.

Children learn best when they are well-rested (not only in terms of sleep, but also in terms of “extracurricular over-load”) and when they are healthy. Sick music kids don’t retain very much… and result in sick music teachers!

3. Establish a consistent and daily practice routine –  Music  lessons are one of the few extracurricular activities that require daily attention. Choose a specific time of day that works for your family (before school, after dinner, after the bath etc.) and make music  practice a regular and consistent event every single day. Avoid times that are hectic or rushed, remove distractions (like the TV or smaller siblings) and try to be in the vicinity to offer encouragement and/or help with practice.

4. Be Positive… provide constant encouragement – Comment often on your child’s progress. Remember the names of the pieces they are working on and make requests as you go about your day to encourage regular visits to their instrument. Show your pride by sharing videos, photos or musical phone calls with friends and family. Help your child to identify themselves as a “musician”.

5. Stay involved! Show that you value music by providing live-music opportunities, encouraging your child’s participation in recitals and performances and being a part of their daily practice in some way (even if it’s only as a happy listener). Seek out opportunities to involve music in your daily routines (some great ideas here!)

By being an active member of the “Music Teaching Triangle of Success” you ensure that your child gets full advantage of the many, many benefits of music  lessons.”

~Thank you for the post Andrea

600 students and staff doing the cup song

A great summer activity as a summer camp or rainy day family fun!


If you haven’t heard of the cup song, just ask a student and most likely they will not only be able to tell you about it, but show you how to do it. At camp this summer quite a few of my students already knew how to do it, but many did not though they were familiar with what it was. It was a fun rhythm activity to do. When I came across this video, I just had to share it! 600 students and staff all doing the cup game at the same time. WOW! What an experience that must have been.

Click here to watch the video. Enjoy!



Don’t forget tonight is the deadline to enter the SightRead Plus iPad app giveaway!



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Keep Your Mind on the Music: Performance Psychology for 6-12 year old Musicians

Great ideas for children’s performance success.


(Be sure to visit Music Matters Blog for the ChordPlay Showcase and the Keynote Speaker. Both were wonderful!)

After attending the ChordPlay showcase and listening to the entertaining keynote speaker, Rick Beyer, I attended “Keep Your Mind on the Music: Performance Psychology for 6-12 year old musicians” presented by Jyoti Hench

I will be sharing my notes from this presentation below. The biggest thing I got out of this presentation is the power of being positive not only as a teacher to your students (and I think this is really crucial), but for the students to understand that power as well.


Preparing students- Polish technical details, Discuss artistry and interpretation, Set memorization deadlines, Guide stage presence

*Address mental performance strategies

What is performance psychology? “A positive approach to studying human performance.”

A Positive Approach-

Before a performance:

I’ve done all the hard work already, I’m going to play really well today (vs…

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