The Best Way to Fight Summer Boredom

Let’s face it, kids usually love Summer vacation more than their parents.  They look forward to video games, texting and YouTube while parents worry about giving them activities to stimulate the brain and help them enter the new school year ready to go. So the challenge is to find something fun (for the child) as…

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Ukulele Lessons Now Available

Let’s Learn the Ukulele John explains why the Ukulele is a great starter instrument The Ukulele is quickly becoming one of the most popular instruments for beginners. Chart-topping artists such as 21 Pilots are introducing the instrument to new audiences, creating a new wave of enthusiastic players. The are several reasons for the ukulele’s new…

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Music Makes a Great Gift

Why Give Music Lessons? Very few of us look forward to Holiday shopping, and choosing the right gift can be tricky. I’ve wandered through stores, and the countless pages at Amazon, trying to find the right gift. Yet the fact remains our gifts are likely to be soon forgotten or discarded.   Experiential This is…

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Three Ways to Help Your Child Practice

As a music educator, I have found one of the greatest frustrations of parents is when their child doesn’t want to practice. It’s a familiar cycle – the child starts the lessons with great enthusiasm, only to lose the desire when it comes to practice time. Why is this? Music is a skill that you…

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What Are Hidden Costs of Music Lessons?

Know the Real Cost of Music Lessons Just recently, one of the parents at our academy half-jokingly posted the following comment on her Facebook page. “I need a GoFundMe just for school supplies.” When we mentioned it to other parents at our studio, we got a lot of sighs and “knowingly” looks. It seems these days…

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How to Choose the Right Instrument for Your Child

Choosing an instrument for your child to study can seem like a daunting task, but rest assured, there are many ways to discover which instrument is a good fit for your child! In general, it’s best to try and keep your options open, but it’s also important to choose something that will keep your child’s…

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Announcing The Musical Ladder System

I have been a music educator for nearly 30 years, and I know a big part of motivating students is the setting and achieving of specific musical goals. I also know that parents like to know more about how their child is doing. I have been researching ways to keep students motivated and parents more…

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Music and Children’s IQ Scores

When a parent is looking for extracurricular activities for their children, music can be a fun and rewarding option. But can music lessons also help a child’s overall learning and cognitive function? Recent scientific research has discovered that a musical education can actually help develop better performance in school, achievement testing, and even increase IQ…

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Trying Different Instruments

We get phone calls frequently about what age students should start learning an instrument and what instrument they should learn. Those are great questions! Every student is different, but generally we encourage parents to have their child start lessons at 6 years old. We do have some that have started younger, but each student is…

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The Struggle Is Real & It’s Good For You

More often than not, when a student starts something brand new, they will utter, “This is hard,” and not want to continue. This is especially true if it’s something they didn’t already want to know. Younger students often don’t yet have the experience to know that through struggling comes growth. Even adults will sometimes give…

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