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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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Music Teachers, Your Work Has an Impact.

Music Teachers, Your Work Has an Impact.

  Music teachers, we salute you. We know that teaching of any kind is noble but tough work. Teaching an instrument, while full of glorious moments like a moving improvisation, a mastery of a tough piece or even a child’s joyful smile, can also have its moments of (literal) discord. We thought we’d remind you of the positive impact you’re having on your students, and the future.   Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. In its article, “Is Music the Key to Success?” the New York Times took at a look at the innovators behind companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and...

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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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