3 Reasons Why Now — More Than Ever — America Needs Music in its Schools

For the first time ever, music is now cited in federal statute as a stand-alone subject in schools. The timing could not be better.  After all, provision for the arts in school curricula should be a no-brainer requirement of a well-rounded education.  However, just because federal law is changing does not mean that schools are going to immediately adjust their schedules accordingly. Our information age has become central (for better or worse) […]

 

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 […]

 

How Parents can Change Their Family Tree Through Their Child’s Music Education

What if everyone believed that there was no such thing as natural talent and inborn gifts? Our world is obsessed with discovering innate abilities.  Our media — and subsequently our schools — have created a culture where most people believe that we all have fixed and inborn gifts, as opposed to skills that can be built and developed.  But what if children were taught that all of the greats from Beethoven to […]

 

An End-of-Year Letter to New Music Parents

Dear Parents: As our school year winds down, I would like to congratulate you on completing the first year of your child’s instrumental music study!  It’s amazing to think that only a few months ago, your child chose an instrument that  “spoke to” them, and opened the case for the first time.  We take this time to celebrate not only the hard work of your children, but also the mindsets that they have developed […]

 

Retaining Low Brass Students

All musicians love the feeling of improving. That basic motivator and retainer of music students may elude low brass players for lack of challenging repertoire during their formative years in band programs. Here are some ideas to include low brass players in the challenges that make players improve when their parts are too easy to be that challenge :   -Buying classic étude books for all the instruments and catalogue […]