Music Instruction
by Professionals

5 Mistakes Parents Make Trying to Get Their Kids to Practice Music

So, you’re dutifully paying for weekly music lessons, but your child’s instrument has a tendency to sit in the corner, collecting dust during most of the days in between. But why?! If your child resists practicing their instrument at home, or if those practice sessions end in your frustration and your child’s tears, take some comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone. Practicing an instrument is a lot of work at times – tedious even – and children don’t always see immediate improvement from their practicing, which can make it seem pointless. But you know practice isn’t pointless, and time spent... << Read More >>

4 Ways to Get The Most Out of Your Music Lessons

Music lessons are, of course, the best way to learn to play a musical instrument. That being said, lessons can be quite costly, depending on your instrument. It’s for this reason that you’ll want to maximize each and every session. To get the most out of your lessons, it’s not only what’s going on in class that matters, but what you so outside of class that makes the real difference in your progress. It all comes down to how you prepare and if you’ve been putting what you learned to good use! Making music should always be a great experience, so... << Read More >>

4 Simple Steps to Find the Right Music Teacher

With winter’s end finally in sight, many parents are turning their attention to fun activities outside the home. And if you and your child have decided to plunge into the wide world of music this coming spring, those post-hibernation activities might also include the search for a music teacher. If this is your fist time trying to find the right music teacher, the process can be a little challenging. But don’t get discouraged! Choosing the right teacher is a very personal decision. You’ll want someone with a lot of enthusiasm for both music and the art of teaching, someone who is dedicated... << Read More >>

The Surprising Benefits of Composing Your Own Music

As students, most musicians at least start to explore the idea of writing their own musical compositions, rather than just play other people’s music all the time. These experiments often end just as quickly as they began because students feel that they aren’t any good at it, or they run into the dreaded “writer’s block” and they give up to early. But composing and writing your own songs brings with it all sorts of benefits that you just can’t get from playing music written by others. But what is it that draws people to composing their own music? Despite a lot... << Read More >>

The 21st Century Music Class

About a hundred and fifty years ago, if you wanted to listen to music, you had to make it yourself, or go see musicians perform live. Then came Thomas Edison and his phonograph in 1877, and everything changed with the sudden ability to record music. People could own music, and started to artfully organize their musical world around pieces that they did not create or perform themselves. Since that breakthrough, people have happily engaged in an endless array of musical creations, endeavors and art-forms, and recorded all of it. As a matter of fact, the technology to record music has... << Read More >>

The Benefits of Group Music Classes for Kids

Every parent wants the best for their kids – the best schools, friends, interests and activities. And a great many parents would also like their children to be involved in music in some way, whether through singing or playing an instrument. Music, whether in a private or group setting, can provide countless benefits to any child. Research has shown time and time again that learning and making music in a group setting has a few added benefits, including improved quality of life and deeper relationships, over solo classes. Parents who worry about their kids making friends should seriously consider group music... << Read More >>

4 Musical Practice Tools You Should Be Using

Thanks to advances in science and engineering, today’s technology is pretty amazing. There are so many valuable apps, websites, and tools out there to help people of all ages and skill levels learn to play music – and there are more being created every single day. It’s not hard to spend tons and tons of money on all the latest gadgets and programs to help you with your technique and skill, but it’s definitely not necessary – having all the bells and whistles may be fun, but you only really need a few basic things to help boost your abilities. Check... << Read More >>

10 Apps for Learning Music That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Learning to play an instrument is a process that takes a lot of time. Between lessons, practicing, and heaps of performance experience, learning music takes a commitment. But thanks to the speed of technology, making that commitment has never been easier. YouTube can be an amazing place to start, providing tons of tutorials and lessons, most of which with no fees at all. But if you want to move beyond the simple videos on YouTube, the App Store has plenty of goodies to help. We’ve got 10 of the best apps listed here. GarageBand GarageBand has been around for a while, and it’s... << Read More >>

Making Practice Fun for Your Kids

The only way to improve at anything is to practice, whether it’s playing a sport, painting, writing, or learning to play a musical instrument. The only problem is, for kids, the art of “practicing” can get pretty boring at times, especially when it comes to those fundamentals. They’ll try to avoid it, they’ll dread it, and when it’s finally time to sit down and practice, they can end up hating it. So how do you balance the fun of playing an instrument with the need to learn and practice things that might not always be the most fun, but are necessary... << Read More >>

Organizing Practice Time for Kids & Adults

Every great musician will tell you that it takes countless hours of practice and effort to reach the level they have. But if they’re being totally honest, they’ll also admit that there are lots of times when they just don’t feel like practicing. It’s a feeling that every musician gets from time to time, but if your goal is to continue moving forward, you’ll need to push through these times. The best way to make sure that your practice time is fun and effective is to manage your time well. So, this week we’re going to take a quick look... << Read More >>