Banded Educator Panel: Educators helping Educators Week 1

Welcome to the start of a new school year! Beginnings always bring excitement and opportunity. If you are a new music educator or are about to embark on your student teaching assignment, you may be filled with anticipation and a few questions about what the experience will have in store. In an effort to provide some additional tools to aid in your success, we have posed questions to educators from […]


A Few Truths Parents Must Understand When Their Child Begins Playing a Musical Instrument

It’s the beginning of another school year, and hundreds of thousands of school children around the country have chosen which instrument they want to play and have taken it home for the first time.  It’s exciting, to say the least, and possibly the beginning of a life-long journey towards a love of music, learning new things, and molding a growth mindset. That said, learning an instrument requires skills and traits […]


How Students Learn Self-Efficacy Through Instrumental Music Instruction

As a parent, one of the best things that I can hope for is that my children have the wherewithal to make their way through life armed with a wide variety of skills and a “can-do” mindset.  As a teacher, school leader, and professor, I have seen way too many young adults who are incapable of navigating their way through “real world” problems, and need someone’s help (usually mine or their parents’) — […]


Performing Matters–Here are 4 Reasons Why!

As we get close to recital season, you may be wondering why performing matters at all. Some parents are afraid their kids might crumble under the pressure, some adult students are wondering why they got themselves into this, and most students are just plain excited. So what’s it all about, anyway? Regularly performing the music we learn is extremely valuable, for musical reasons and for personal growth. Here’s why performing […]


How Parents Can “Reboot” Their Child’s Interest in Playing a Musical Instrument After Taking Summer Off

Most parents and students start the summer with the best intentions as far as instrumental music practice is concerned.  Some families choose to rent their instrument for the summer months and not return it to the store/school.  Some even buy a new instrument at the end of the school year as a gift to their child, hoping it serves as a motivational tool for the upcoming summer months.  And many families […]


A Beginning-of-Year Welcome Letter to New Music Parents

Dear Parents: It is with great excitement that I welcome your family to our instrumental music program! Learning to play a musical instrument and acquiring the unique habits of mind that come with it is one of the most incredible opportunities that our school can offer your child.  The instrument that will be placed in your childs’ hands has the power to transform their lives in ways that no other […]