Music Instruction
by Professionals

The Importance of Creativity in the Music Classroom

We’ve got creativity on the brain at The Music Studio this week! In fact, we’ve come to think of creativity as a core principle of both music teaching and learning. The kind of music teaching that combines conceptual and technical information with the opportunity to experiment with your own personal music making and to listen to and talk about a variety of different kinds of music with your music teacher is just not common enough as far as we’re concerned. Maybe it’s time music education took a page out of our arts colleagues’ book. Think about how an art teacher works... << Read More >>

Why Take Music Lessons With a Qualified Teacher

So, you’ve decided that you’re going to dive into the wonderful world of music by learning to play an instrument. Now what? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not sure what to do next. Maybe you’ve been trying to learn for a while now, but have been stuck doing the same thing over and over again, getting nowhere? Maybe you’ve just got a few things you don’t understand, or feel like you haven’t reached your full potential yet? Here’s our best advice: Find a qualified music teacher. Learning to play music is no easy undertaking, and doing it without help... << Read More >>

6 Benefits of Learning a Second Instrument

Let’s cut straight to the chase: learning to play a second instrument can open up all sorts of opportunities you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Even with a child interested in music, it can be a challenge to get them to commit to even one instrument, but even though most school programs are designed to teach students a single instrument, some want more. Today, it’s easier than ever to learn a new instrument. All the videos and courses now available online probably won’t be enough to make you a master of your new instrument, but they are a great place to start... << Read More >>

The Benefits of Using Pop Music in Lessons

This week we’re going to talk about something that is somewhat controversial – a topic that some shy away from entirely: using pop music in the music classroom. For many music schools, there’s seems to be a sentiment that kids hear pop music everywhere they go, so why should they have to hear it in their lessons too. Many simply feel that they should be teaching the music of the masters, and the occasional folk piece that is both accessible and a part of the students’ heritage. And while it is true that the work of the masters is important, every once... << Read More >>

4 Reasons to Keep Your Child in Music Lessons Over the Summer

Summer vacation is just around the corner! No school, no homework, no tests, and hours upon hours of free time to spend with their friends doing whatever they please! Your kids are probably looking forward to the stress-free, fun-filled environment the summer has to offer. As students of all ages start getting ready for their summer vacations, it’s important that they’re allowed to enjoy themselves. After all, they’ve earned a bit of a respite. That begin said, summer is no reason to stop all their musical activities. In fact, continuing their lessons throughout the summer months will only add to that... << Read More >>

Royal Conservatory of Music Exams: Why Take Them?

This week we’re going to do things a little differently, and talk a bit about the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), a Canadian music school that offers standardized exams called “grades.” If you’ve ever heard anyone say something like “I have my grade 6 in music,” it likely means they’re talking about RCM and RCM exams. And they’re talking about the RCM because of its high standards and long history. In fact, it’s one of the oldest music schools (still in operation) in the world, having been founded in 1886 with the name “The Toronto Conservatory of Music.” If you’re considering taking... << Read More >>

9 Non-Musical Benefits of Learning Music

Choosing to play an instrument is the beginning of a journey, and not just a musical one. The journey is exciting, and is often filled with strife, struggle, and a lot of hard work. It will force you to take in new information and master new skills. But the benefits of undertaking this journey go way beyond simply learning how to make music. That’s why this week we’re going to explore some of the many non-musical benefits of playing an instrument. Many people who take up music get discouraged at the amount of time and effort that it takes to reach... << Read More >>

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 >>