Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Welcome!


Ahhh, summertime! School is over and your kids are sitting around with time on their hands! You’d like to keep them busy with some creative projects and want them to dabble in music but don’t know where to start? What should you do? Here are some tips and resources!

The most important thing you can do is expose your child to good music—a lot. And don’t just stick with one genre. Have fun exploring a variety of styles! Classical, sacred, country, pop music, folk music, and instrumental easy listening can all help wire your child’s brain for music. Whether you like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube or good ol’ fashioned CDs, make a conscious effort to have your children listen to music frequently!


(Are your kids still in love with Frozen? Get ‘em hooked on classical music with this awesome mix of “Let It Go” and Vivaldi’s “Winter” by the Totally Awesome Piano Guys!)

The best introductory instrument for a child is a piano or keyboard. Already have a piano but you think it needs some tuning or repair? My favorite tuners and technicians are Case Brothers of Spartanburg. Check them out!

Don’t have an instrument at all and have no room for a piano? Hop
over to Amazon and pick out a 61-key or 76-key keyboard. IMPORTANT: Make sure you get one with “Touch Sensitive” keys. That means the keys get louder when you press harder and is much more like a real piano. Keyboards without touch sensitivity are, like, a total waste of time. Forget it. Save your money and blow it Chick-fil-A, where PEACH MILKSHAKES ARE BAAAAAAAAAACK! Yahoo! Yippee!



Are you kinda musical and think you could help a child get started but don’t know how to guide them? There are two great books I recommend. This book is terrific for youngsters ages 7 and under. It is very self-explanatory and has very easy note patterns and songs, plus fun games and worksheets. You can easily get a child started!


This book is a great tool for students ages 8 and up. Again, it’s pretty straightforward and you can help your child explore it. It's a good refresher for you as an adult as well! There are companion theory and technique books in this series if you feel adventurous, but even just this book alone is a handy resource. 


You can also download some free printable flashcards and do flashcard games with your kids to help them learn the notes. There are a ton of other free note games online, so do some googling!

And, of course, if you're interested in formal lessons Heather and Raquelle do have space available! Drop Heather or Raquelle an e-mail and we'll be in touch!

Have a great summer!