Happy New Year! The staff at Musicology School of Music would like to wish you and your family a happy new year. This Months's E Newsletter includes a Major announcement, the 2014 Calendar, helpful practice tips, and the Student of the Month.
New Location \ Better Service
Musicology School of Music is excited to announce that we have just acquired a local music school (teachers and students) and signed a long term lease to an incredible new facility in Madison. We have been at our current location for the last seven years but we have outgrown it. The new facility was actually built four years ago to be a fine arts complex. Some of the amenities of the new facility are:
With this new facility, we can offer many new exciting services. The multipurpose room will allow us to teach dance, Kindermusik, and music and art camps. The performance hall will give us the ability to have free recitals with more frequency. With the acquisition of the local music school, we have 12 new teachers on staff. This gives our clients more options for scheduling and we will now be offering new instruments such as violin and flute.
We will be moving into our new facility February 1 2014.
The new location is located at 160 Castle Drive Madison Al 35758. We understand with a new location comes some scheduling conflicts. Please contact the office, if you need to make changes to your schedule.
"I resolve to practice everyday for at least ___ minutes / times a day."
We've heard it before "practice makes perfect" and "perfect practice makes perfect." Even the most eager learner might cringe when told to "practice your musical instrument everyday." There's something about the word "practice" that overwhelms us and tempts us to run out the door. To many, the word practice means "drudgery" and "boring." But nowadays, music teachers utilize new techniques of teaching music in a more motivating and enjoyable way. There are also lots of good method books and practice books available in the market today. The bottom line is, if we want to master our chosen instrument and become good players, we should aim to practice regularly. Perhaps at first it may seem like a chore, but as we progress and become more skilled players, practicing becomes enjoyable. Here are some practice tips for parents of young musicians and other beginning music students:
Practice Time for Young Music Learners
Make practice time a daily routine. Sit down with your child and determine when is the best time to practice. It is important that you involve your child in this decision so as not to make him feel that he is forced to do it. Some parents feel the perfect time to get their child to sit down and practice is after school, after the child has rested and before the child tackles his/her homework.
Don't make daily practice too long. For young children it is not advisable to make daily practice sessions longer than 30 minutes. Young children simply don't have the patience to sit down and concentrate on learning a musical instrument for long periods, especially if they're just beginning. On the other hand, if you see that your child is becoming more interested in learning his musical instrument, you can lengthen his practice time. But don't make it too long that he becomes too tired and strained in the end. Remember, take your cue from your child, never force your child. A better way to gauge practice is doing a song or a section of a song a number of times rather than a set amount if time.
Encourage your child through words and actions.
Words of encouragement can go a long way when it comes to learning how to play a musical instrument. Remember to always encourage your child; take note of the progress he has made and the improvements he's showing. A smile and a hug means a lot to a child. Make practice time a time to bond with your little one.
Practice time should be enjoyable and not a punishment. Perhaps the most important advice I can give you is to never make practice time a punishment, it will make your child dislike (or even hate) daily practice if you do so. Rather, make practice time enjoyable by showing him your support and enthusiasm. Some parents even have a daily practice chart where the child can put stickers on after every practice session. Be creative and have fun; music is meant to be enjoyed.
Communicate with your child's music teacher
If your child is taking private or group lessons, make it a point to talk to his teacher. Ask his teacher what areas your child needs to improve on so that you can implement that during your practice time at home. Don't forget to do warm-ups first, then practice the piece his teacher assigned and end it with the pieces he already knows and enjoys.
Make his/her practice area comfortable.
Is the seat comfortable? Is there proper lighting? How about ventilation? Make sure that your practice room is comfortable for your child and that there are no distractions so he/she can concentrate on his music pieces. Written By Espie Estrella
Student of the Month:
1. What instruments do you play?
Voice, Mandolin, and since Christmas Banjo.
2. How long have you taken lessons?
Voice 8 years & Mandolin 6 months
3. What are your other hobbies, besides music?
Doing makeup and going to blue grass festivals.
4. What is the coolest thing you've learned in your lessons in the past three months?
Learning the Song Poor Wayfaring Stranger by Jonny Cash
5. Favorite Food?
Musicology School of Music teaches over 500 students a week from the Huntsville / Madison area.