Benefits of the Combo

Music education provides so many opportunities for children to learn skills that are applicable for anything that comes their way, and one of these skills is learning how to work in a team. By playing in orchestras and wind ensembles, one learns how to listen to others and find where they fit into the grander scheme of things. However, sometimes students get lost in these larger groups — they either fall behind, or they feel that they are unimportant and that nobody would notice if they did not play altogether. This is when the jazz combo gains significance. Continue reading “Benefits of the Combo”

The Importance of the Recorder

There are very few instruments that are as annoying as the recorder. Its squeaky, airy, whistling sound can be distracting and irritating, and it has even become the center of various memes — people laugh at its quavering tone, especially when it is being used to play Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” However, despite its modern infamy and tendency to be ridiculed, it can play a large and beneficial role in the development of a child’s music education. Continue reading “The Importance of the Recorder”

Incorporating Pop Culture

Josh Dun Playing Trumpet at SAP CenterOver the weekend IĀ attended a Twenty One Pilots concert. How does an eclectic and wildly popular alternative band relate to music education? Well, while playing their song, “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV,” drummer Josh Dun put down his drum sticks and pulled a trumpet out from behind his kit, and then stood up and played the chorus. It was not any sort of amazing trumpet solo, and for most concertgoers it was just another cool example of how versatile this band is. However, for kids in their school bands, this could have been some sort of a monumental moment. Continue reading “Incorporating Pop Culture”

Give the Kids Your Trust

It all starts with a single instrument. Some people start taking piano lessons because their parents forced them to when they were five years old, other people pick up a guitar when they discover Green Day in middle school, and still others fall in love with singing. There are a multitude of ways in which people are introduced to music, but they often remember that introduction forever, as it influences the role music plays in their lives. Because this can be such a pivotal moment for a person, one must go about this introduction very carefully.
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