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!
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!
“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
I’ve just discovered two great music apps put out by Absolatido Absolatido, Singsolatido and Falling Keys help to develop your ears and pitch skills. They are apps for both Android and iPhones. Have a look here to find out more about these educational apps.