Advantages of Continuing Music Lessons Over the Summer

It is important for students of all ages to enjoy their summer vacations. They have earned them. Continuing music lessons will only add to that enjoyment, while providing valuable continuing education in their passion – music!

Jim Keenan

April 25, 2016

Playing In All 12 keys: The Wisdom of Charlie Banacos (Part 1)

Charlie Banacos was a true music guru. He taught piano, composition, and improvisation in Greater Boston's north shore for almost 50 years until his death in 2009, reaching thousands of musicians all over the world. 

Eric Ostling

April 19, 2016

Why Music Is For Everyone

Some people assume that music training is only for the 'gifted' or talented, the modern-day Mozart. Students or parents can easily fall into the comparison trap with their peers, other kids, and even professionals musicians. They may become embarrassed if they don’t sing like Beyonce or play the guitar like Slash.

Stephanie Morey-Barry

April 8, 2016

5 Ways to Get MORE Out of Your Child’s Music Lessons

We’ve read articles about the science behind music lessons, why music is a great activity for your child, etc., so how can you get even MORE out of your child’s weekly music lesson? How can you stretch your dollar?How can you activate them when they don’t feel inspired?

Heather Luhn

March 28, 2016

A High Five From The Beatles

As one of the more “historically saturated” (i.e., OLD) members of Real School, I became a musician as a direct result of The Beatles appearance on American Television in 1964. Conventional wisdom at that time was that they were a silly fad and would be all but forgotten in months. Now, over 50 years later, I have students as young as 10 who like The Beatles music.  

Steve Levy

March 25, 2016

Real School Announces Employee awards

The Real School of Music names four outstanding employees in the categories of Employee of the Year (Erik Ringstad), Instructor of the Year (Eric Goldberg), Rookie of the Year (Kelly Surette), and a new distinction, the Founders Award (Bill Doss). 

Jim Keenan

March 22, 2016

Everyone Can Sing. Yes, Even YOU can sing!

I get asked all of the time if singing is just something that comes naturally to certain people. “Not everyone can sing. Right?" Or, “I can’t sing at all.” 

I am going to let you in on a little secret. 

Come closer so I don’t strain my voice.

Lydia Harrell

March 9, 2016

Meet Our Yamaha Teachers!

A Q&A with the Real School Yamaha Music Education Team

Sometimes teachers are so busy being teachers, we miss the opportunity to learn more about what they do in their free time, what music they like best, and how they ended up where they are today! 

Heather Luhn

March 8, 2016

5 Reasons Hamilton the Musical is Worth Our Time

In case you haven’t heard, Hamilton the Musical is taking the world by storm! Tony Award-Winner Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical has done what few musicals have been able to do: it has mainstreamed. There are only a few contemporary musicals that have managed to do that. But why is Hamilton different than say… Rent? 

Stephanie Morey-Barry

March 4, 2016

Andover Yamaha Instructors Shine at National Yamaha Training Seminar

Rigorous week of training and fun at the Yamaha Music Education System (YMES) center in Buena Park, CA sets the stage for accelerated Yamaha music class growth at Andover Real School. 


Jim Keenan

February 25, 2016

Embracing (and Maybe Even Enjoying) the "Wrong” Note”

You've all felt this at some point. You're in front of your teacher (oh god, they're judging you!). You've practiced all week (hopefully) but now your hands don't want to work. All you can think about is the hard part of the song 30 seconds down the road. Then it happens...

Patrick Faherty

February 17, 2016

Going to College for Music: Ten Honest Things to Ask Yourself

Going to college and choosing to major in music is a huge step! Up until now, music has been a hobby, an extracurricular. But when you choose music as your major, it means that you are choosing to transform your hobby into a career. Here are ten things to consider when making the decision to earn a degree in music.

Stephanie Morey-Barry

February 11, 2016


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