Why Music Isn’t Just for “Smart” Kids

Some of those students will quit playing their instruments after a year or two - often because music conflicts with the child's need to place more emphasis on schooling - that school academics comes first.
This belief is dead wrong. In fact, music participation can benefit a struggling kid even MORE than his “average” or “smart” kid counterpart.   |  read more ⇝

Musical Talent is not Born — It is Learned

This title could lead you the think that this article is going to be along the lines of “your child can do anything if they put their mind to it”. Well it is and it isn’t, but I will let you decide where you stand on the question of musical talent after you finish reading.   |  read more ⇝

Who quits band - students or parents?

How many times have we heard from adults that they wish their parents didn’t allow them to quit their musical instrument when they were younger? There comes a time in a large percentage of music students’ lives when they want to quit their instrument — and more often than not, parents allow them to do it. But is the child quitting … or is the parent?   |  read more ⇝

The case for MORE performances

When students open their instrument case for the first time, they are excited to begin their musical journey. They also want to become good at playing their instrument. But it doesn’t take long for most students to realize that creating beautiful sounds on an instrument isn’t as easy as it looks — and it’s going to take some time and hard work to get where they want to be.   |  read more ⇝

A thanks to parents

The below letter was on one of the music band blogs we access (and have permission to share). It's an interesting read with some thoughtful insights...   |  read more ⇝

Learning Sheet Music

At its very simplest, music is a language just like you’d read aloud from a book. The symbols you’ll see on pages of sheet music have been used for hundreds of years. And they represent the pitch, speed and rhythm of the song they convey, as well as expression and techniques used by a musician to play the piece. Think of the notes as the letters, the measures as the words, the phrases as the sentences and so forth. Learning to read music really does open up a whole new world to explore!   |  read more ⇝

Brass vs woodwind

In musical orchestra and marching bands, the instruments are divided into different groups based on the sound they make and the voice they play in the band. In every marching band and orchestra there are two distinct groups of wind instruments: brass and woodwind. Although the two are similar in some aspects, there are many characteristics that differentiate the two. From material to playing technique, these are the core differences between brass and woodwind instruments.   |  read more ⇝

Benefits of playing an instrument

Can you imagine living your life without music? It would be very hard to do so, as music has been hard-wired into our very existence as human beings. The Chinese philosopher Confucius said long ago that "Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." Playing a musical instrument has many benefits and can bring joy to you and to everyone around you. This article will provide you with 18 benefits of playing an instrument (in no particular order) and will hopefully give you a better sense of appreciation and pride for music.   |  read more ⇝

Why students quit band

Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument through their school’s music program (if a program exists). One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond. Parents and students share reason such as the student is not musically talented (or at least thought they weren't), the student is too busy with other activities, the student hates practicing (or the parents grow weary of begging the child to practice), the student doesn't like their teacher...and there's more..   |  read more ⇝

Practice makes perfect

There are many ways to get your child to practice. You can force them, create a sticker chart, or even bribe them (yes, this works - don’t feel guilty if you do it). Some days will be easier than others, and sometimes you will have to lose the battle in order to win the war. But eventually, your goal should be to give your child ownership of their own learning and after they get past the first year "hurdle", they'll probably end up doing it all by themselves without any hassle.   |  read more ⇝

Fine Tuned Brains

Your parents were right when they encouraged you to continue with your music lessons. Though it probably was obvious that you would never perform at Carnegie Hall, your musical training fine-tuned your brain to identify emotional cues in sound, according to Northwestern University researchers.   |  read more ⇝

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