A key point we bring up early on with our students (and/or parents) is the importance of ritual. Learning an instrument can only be fruitfully accomplished if practice time becomes part of one’s daily routine. As routine as eating a meal or brushing one’s teeth. Like any of these things we should be acutely aware that we missed it. It can’t be something where we wait until the time is just right that we now have time for it.
In Mason Currey’s book “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” you’ll find a collection of short recordings of ritual from some of the great musicians, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians of the last few centuries. It’s an intriguing look into the routines of these titans, giving us a glimpse of the strategies and maneuvers that allowed them to produce their work.
While some of the examples may prove impractical, at the bare minimum one can surely pick up some ideas or inspiration. The importance of ritual is the common thread that runs through these achievers lives (also coffee, lots and lots of coffee) and we’re certain their example can help you and/or your loved ones achieve great things as well.
Spring Toddler Time music classes start March 22nd.
We’d love for you to join us for an interactive and enriching musical experience for you and your child. We meet 10:45 Wednesday mornings at the Martinsville Community Center.
It’s a great opportunity to get a valuable jumpstart on your children’s music education in a safe and fun environment while building bonds with your child and other music loving families.
I’ve attended class with my daughter Gianna and her cousin and they love it. We can’t stop singing the songs at home.
Our 8 class Spring session kicks off this Wednesday.
– $150 for all 8 classes – $100 for both of you if you sign up with a friend
– $120 for 6 classes (you choose the 6 you’d like to attend)
– $80 for 4 classes (you choose the 4 you’d like to attend)
Call, or email us for more info and to register.
Hope to see you there!
We’re so excited about our new program “Toddler Time”. It’s an interactive weekly class for your little ones to explore the exciting world of music through singing, dancing, and fun.
Our spring session starts soon. Contact us to register.
We hope your Christmas was extra special this year! We’re winding down by dissecting what makes a Christmas song sound, for lack of a better term, “so Christmassy”?
Here’s a video for all you music geeks (and/or Mariah Carey fans). It’s fascinating.
We put together a list of songs for the holiday season. Here’s what the staff here at the school are listening to this time of year:
“Ability to learn is not fixed, it can change with effort” – Angela Duckworth
After teaching music for a lengthy period of time we’ve had many preconceived notions fall apart over the years. One of them is the importance of innate ability.
Talent and intelligence are valuable but not as important as we’ve assumed. What is becoming evident is that passion and perseverance are far more valuable in a quest to conquer a long term goal.
Angela Duckworth explains in the linked talk how very import the concept of “Grit” is not just in music but all worthy goals.
Summer is right around the corner and it’s a great time to pick up a new instrument or improve your playing on your current instrument. This Summer we’re offering the following lesson packages to be used during the months of June through August:
8 30 minute sessions – $220
12 30 minute sessions – $315
Call or email us to sign up!