Music Instruction
by Professionals

4 Reasons to Keep Your Child in Music Lessons Over the Summer

Summer vacation is just around the corner! No school, no homework, no tests, and hours upon hours of free time to spend with their friends doing whatever they please! Your kids are probably looking forward to the stress-free, fun-filled environment the summer has to offer. As students of all ages start getting ready for their summer vacations, it’s important that they’re allowed to enjoy themselves. After all, they’ve earned a bit of a respite. That begin said, summer is no reason to stop all their musical activities. In fact, continuing their lessons throughout the summer months will only add to that... << Read More >>

Royal Conservatory of Music Exams: Why Take Them?

This week we’re going to do things a little differently, and talk a bit about the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), a Canadian music school that offers standardized exams called “grades.” If you’ve ever heard anyone say something like “I have my grade 6 in music,” it likely means they’re talking about RCM and RCM exams. And they’re talking about the RCM because of its high standards and long history. In fact, it’s one of the oldest music schools (still in operation) in the world, having been founded in 1886 with the name “The Toronto Conservatory of Music.” If you’re considering taking... << Read More >>

9 Non-Musical Benefits of Learning Music

Choosing to play an instrument is the beginning of a journey, and not just a musical one. The journey is exciting, and is often filled with strife, struggle, and a lot of hard work. It will force you to take in new information and master new skills. But the benefits of undertaking this journey go way beyond simply learning how to make music. That’s why this week we’re going to explore some of the many non-musical benefits of playing an instrument. Many people who take up music get discouraged at the amount of time and effort that it takes to reach... << Read More >>

5 Mistakes Parents Make Trying to Get Their Kids to Practice Music

So, you’re dutifully paying for weekly music lessons, but your child’s instrument has a tendency to sit in the corner, collecting dust during most of the days in between. But why?! If your child resists practicing their instrument at home, or if those practice sessions end in your frustration and your child’s tears, take some comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone. Practicing an instrument is a lot of work at times – tedious even – and children don’t always see immediate improvement from their practicing, which can make it seem pointless. But you know practice isn’t pointless, and time spent... << Read More >>

4 Ways to Get The Most Out of Your Music Lessons

Music lessons are, of course, the best way to learn to play a musical instrument. That being said, lessons can be quite costly, depending on your instrument. It’s for this reason that you’ll want to maximize each and every session. To get the most out of your lessons, it’s not only what’s going on in class that matters, but what you so outside of class that makes the real difference in your progress. It all comes down to how you prepare and if you’ve been putting what you learned to good use! Making music should always be a great experience, so... << Read More >>

4 Simple Steps to Find the Right Music Teacher

With winter’s end finally in sight, many parents are turning their attention to fun activities outside the home. And if you and your child have decided to plunge into the wide world of music this coming spring, those post-hibernation activities might also include the search for a music teacher. If this is your fist time trying to find the right music teacher, the process can be a little challenging. But don’t get discouraged! Choosing the right teacher is a very personal decision. You’ll want someone with a lot of enthusiasm for both music and the art of teaching, someone who is dedicated... << Read More >>

The Surprising Benefits of Composing Your Own Music

As students, most musicians at least start to explore the idea of writing their own musical compositions, rather than just play other people’s music all the time. These experiments often end just as quickly as they began because students feel that they aren’t any good at it, or they run into the dreaded “writer’s block” and they give up to early. But composing and writing your own songs brings with it all sorts of benefits that you just can’t get from playing music written by others. But what is it that draws people to composing their own music? Despite a lot... << Read More >>

The 21st Century Music Class

About a hundred and fifty years ago, if you wanted to listen to music, you had to make it yourself, or go see musicians perform live. Then came Thomas Edison and his phonograph in 1877, and everything changed with the sudden ability to record music. People could own music, and started to artfully organize their musical world around pieces that they did not create or perform themselves. Since that breakthrough, people have happily engaged in an endless array of musical creations, endeavors and art-forms, and recorded all of it. As a matter of fact, the technology to record music has... << Read More >>

The Benefits of Group Music Classes for Kids

Every parent wants the best for their kids – the best schools, friends, interests and activities. And a great many parents would also like their children to be involved in music in some way, whether through singing or playing an instrument. Music, whether in a private or group setting, can provide countless benefits to any child. Research has shown time and time again that learning and making music in a group setting has a few added benefits, including improved quality of life and deeper relationships, over solo classes. Parents who worry about their kids making friends should seriously consider group music... << Read More >>

4 Musical Practice Tools You Should Be Using

Thanks to advances in science and engineering, today’s technology is pretty amazing. There are so many valuable apps, websites, and tools out there to help people of all ages and skill levels learn to play music – and there are more being created every single day. It’s not hard to spend tons and tons of money on all the latest gadgets and programs to help you with your technique and skill, but it’s definitely not necessary – having all the bells and whistles may be fun, but you only really need a few basic things to help boost your abilities. Check... << Read More >>