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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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Music Students With ADHD: Playing (Music) to Their Strengths

Music Students With ADHD: Playing (Music) to Their Strengths

  As a former schoolteacher, and after several decades as a music educator and author, I can tell you this: every student comes with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. For students with ADHD, many educational approaches focus on the latter. My method, and the advice I offer in this article are different – I believe that focusing on the learning strengths of ADHD learners, in addition to their difficulties, will lead to less struggle, more joy and better results. For ADHD students, who are often gifted in creativity and adventurousness, you may already be aware of challenges...

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45 > 30: The math behind successful music lessons

45 > 30: The math behind successful music lessons

At our flagship Pennsylvania music school, there are a few universal truths: 1) blue foam dice can make just about any activity fun 2) the Halloween Show is cuter than any cat video you can find on Youtube, and 3) standard lessons are forty-five minutes long. The first two are self-explanatory, but sometimes people wonder why our policy includes a lesson length of 45 minutes for all students aged 7 and older. After all, if you can fit a sitcom in thirty minutes, why not a piano lesson? The short answer is this: results. After offering twenty-five years of music...

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Music Matters: Tips for sticking with it, even during soccer season

Music Matters: Tips for sticking with it, even during soccer season

  It's funny - when parents call to sign their child up for lessons, they often confess how much they regret quitting music lessons themselves. We've had dozens of these types of calls over the years, but have yet to have one parent say that they regret sticking with music.The benefits of music lessons last for a lifetime. The Journal of Neuroscience shared that "musical training before the age of seven has a significant effect on the development of the brain, showing that those who began early had stronger connections between motor regions -- the parts of the brain that...

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