How Top Performers Practice


This is an excerpt from an article by Penelope Trunk. Her 11-year-old son auditioned for Juillard’s pre-college program. He practiced his four-minute audition piece for three hours a day during the 6 months leading up to his audition. He ended up being accepted to Juilliard! Read on to learn about his practice strategies and what […]

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Creating a Musical Home Environment


Your child spends more time at home than any other place. This is especially true at preschool age, but even after kids begin school, home is still the predominant source of most experiences. It’s the parents’ responsibility to create the environment in the home, so it’s important that you include music in a meaningful way. […]

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Why Effective Practice is Just As Important as the Hours of Practice

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Practice is an important part of becoming skilled at anything, which may be why there are so many axiom’s like “practice makes perfect” floating around common parlance. But what’s happening in the brain when we practice? Researchers believe that practice helps build up the protective layer of myelin, the fatty substance that protects axons in […]

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How can parents contribute to students’ progress?

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Parents have enormous effect on their child’s progress. By showing your interest in the process and by being part of the child’s practice at home parents can make a major contribution into their child’s’ development and progress. Here are some ideas for parents how to get involved and show your support: Ask questions about their […]

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Successful Practice Strategies


Working on a new piece: Read the title, name of the composer, tempo indication, signature marks. Doing so will help you gather information even before actual playing. Find all the repeating sections, motifs, measures, sequences, rhythms, something that you can learn and reapply later. Use different colors to highlight them. Look for patterns and familiar […]

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How to Choose the Right Instrument

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Musical instruction can help your child master more than just how to play an instrument over the course of their education, which is why so many parents jump at the opportunity to encourage and foster an interest in music from an early age. According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, kids that study […]

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The Key to Buying Instruments

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Buying a musical instrument is like buying a car: you can buy a clunker or a luxury sports car, and both will get you to work on time. With so many price points and types, how do you find a good deal? Choosing the right musical instrument for your child is tough, but with the […]

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Why is Music Important for Kids?

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Why is Music Important for Kids? This question has been debated for as long as time has existed. Even the great Greek and Roman philosophers approached the question: is music something that should be taught and does it help the development of children? Plato answered “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most […]

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Why We Teach Music


  Music is a science: it is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time. Music is a foreign language: most of the terms are in Italian, […]

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When Should My Child Begin Lessons?


We receive many questions about our opinions on when a child is ready to begin lessons. While there are no hard and fast rules, there are some pointers and signs that you can use to determine when your child is ready for lessons. One cannot magically deem a child to “be ready” for lessons at […]

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How Much Should One Practice?


Constant Practice Equals Consistent Progress As with anything, improving in music takes practice. One of the main problems with music lessons is the routine of practicing Time – Set the same time every day to practice so that it becomes part of a daily routine or habit. Generally, the earlier in the day the practicing can […]

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Concert Etiquette

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Coming in: The best way to come into a classical concert is early. If you are late, there are guidelines: Open the door and enter when you hear applause – as no one is performing at that time. When you do come in, quickly pick a seat in the back. Going out: The all-time greatest […]

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