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Escape the Winter "Blahs" With These 5 Tips for Your Music Lessons

Escape the Winter "Blahs" With These 5 Tips for Your Music Lessons

Shorter days, gray skies, months to go until popsicle season… the winter blues (and “blahs!”) are real, and can find their gloomy way into your music lessons. Some students may think that they want to quit during this time, but giving them an outlet for their feelings and adding some fresh fun can turn around even the most hum-drum of lessons. Check out these five tips to escape the winter “blahs” and create some great music while you do! Tip #1: Fight the “blahs” with the blues! While many people associate February with Valentine’s Day and love, it’s refreshing and fun to...

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5 Tips for Magical, Musical Summer Practicing

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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You don’t WORK music, you PLAY it!

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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