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5 Tips for Magical, Musical Summer Practicing

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5 Tips for Magical, Musical Summer Practicing

Ah, summer ­— the season of beach vacations, picnics, ice cream cones, and diligent music practice. Oh, wait – maybe not that last one there. In fact, with all of summer's fun activities and with some music students opting to take the summer off, it’s possible for a musical instrument to go days or even (gulp) weeks without attention. Luckily, whether you’re a music teacher, parent or music student, we have a few creative tips and ideas to keep music practice appealing during this sunny, summer season. Make it relevant. Baseball fan? Ask your young musician to try for a “single” by playing...

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Even Rock Stars Practice

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Even Rock Stars Practice

We are often prone to think that the life of an artist is 95% glamour and 5% work. After all, nearly every trip to the grocery store ends with a checkout aisle wallpapered with musicians and actors living the good life. We see them stepping out of exotic cars, boarding private planes or breezing past the velvet rope at an exclusive restaurant. We don't see them honing their craft, practicing lines, rehearsing with their band or really, doing any of the hard work that leads to the finished product. But, except for a few rare instances, the artists who have met...

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Fight the "Winter Blues"

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Fight the "Winter Blues"

    The winter blues is a real thing, especially when it comes to music lessons! Did you know it is common this time of year for kids to want to quit lessons? It is an easy trap to fall into, but is also one that is easily overcome. Ways to beat those blues: Acknowledge them.Demystifying the feeling helps kids normalize frustrations. Some students may think they want to quit at this time of year, not knowing it is just a case of winter blues. Talking about it will help carry them through to the other side and remind them...

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The Power of Habit - Your Secret Weapon to Reaching Goals (and Keeping Resolutions)

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The Power of Habit - Your Secret Weapon to Reaching Goals (and Keeping Resolutions)

Habits are powerful - anyone who has found themselves absentmindedly driving to work when they actually intended to go to the mall can testify to that. If you can harness that magnetic pull and apply it toward positive change, though, you've got a pretty great secret weapon. That's what Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg demonstrated in his hit book, "The Power of Habit." In his blog, Charles shared the tricks to creating powerful habits and resolutions, with two key components: a cue and a reward. The cue (perhaps leaving your sneakers by the front door to remind you to...

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You don’t WORK music, you PLAY it!

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You don’t WORK music, you PLAY it!

If you were looking through the latest trends in education, your search would quickly return stories of parents speaking out “in defense of recess,” or studies about how developmentally important play is for young children. One particularly memorable news story in recent history was the viral article about Eagle Mountain Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, who recently expanded recess (in contrast to many schools who feel pressure to cut recess in lieu of more instruction time). Working with the LiiNK Program out of Texas Christian University, the school now offers students four fifteen-minute recess periods per day. The result?...

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