In my last blog about general music concepts, I wrote about using short bursts of practice in your routine as a musician. This time, we go in the opposite direction and discuss building stamina.
Take your first steps through the doors at The Real School of Music, and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a different world.
You're immediately struck by the energy of the brightly colored walls and a palpable feeling of creativity, excitement, and passion. It's an environment designed to support the growth of beginner, intermediate, and advanced musicians.
Joyce Middle School (Woburn, MA) student Julia Colucci started lessons at Real School when she was just five years old and has never looked back.
"Chris McKenney consistently leads ensembles in a creative and inspiring way. Every time I listen for a minute to one of his ensembles, I'm amazed by the level of skill and musicality they express." - fellow music instructor at The Real School of Music in Burlington, MA.
Not long ago while thumbing through a copy of my old hometown paper, a glance at the obituaries told me that the music teacher who oversaw my junior high school 'Glee Club' had passed on.
As I reflected on the months I spent in those classes, I was deeply surprised by how much of my formative musicianship came out of that experience.
Even after 7 years of playing guitar, Walpole High School senior and Dedham Real School student Ben Reagan says that, "Not once did going to lessons feel like going to school. The best thing about it is that it was informative while also being extremely fun and easy going."
Have you heard of high-intensity interval training? It is exercise in a flash. Do an extremely strenuous form of exercising for one minute and it can yield the benefits of as much as forty-five minutes of moderate exercise.
"It's a place where I can go and feel the worries of the world disappear."
As part of a vibrant Real School adult student community, health care professional and bassist Cindy Walsh knows that learning and making music with friends is good for stress reduction and overall well-being. And, it's just plain fun!
Here is a scenario I encounter almost every week: if someone finds out that I am a professional musician, then they will tell me what instrument they used to play. If they’ve never played, they might continue on by saying what instrument they wished they could play. Then I respond with the adage “it’s never too late to start” and it is the truth.
In Part I, we discussed skillfully guiding your child to have a positive experience exploring the instruments of the beginning band and orchestra. We also explored ways to expose kids to the sights and sounds of the instruments.
"There is this sudden look of joy and excitement on their faces... where, as a teacher, you see how you've helped them accomplish something they may never knew they could've done."
Public and private school systems are slowly reviving their band and orchestra programs after years of struggling through cutbacks in school funding and a drop in music awareness overall. Here's some ideas on how parents can help their kids have a successful initial experience in band or orchestra.