How to Find the Best Music School for Your Child

Deciding on a music school for your child can sometimes seem a little daunting. Depending on the area you live in, there could be dozens of music schools to choose from.

Each of them may have a unique perspective on teaching music.Some of them may cost more than others. Still others may offer certain perks that you like. How do you decide between them?

Jim Keenan

May 27, 2016

Student Spotlight Series: Ashley Koman

Burlington High School (MA) rising junior and multi-instrumentalist Ashley Koman shares her journey from voice lessons in elementary school to performing at the Hard Rock Cafe Boston with her Real School ensembles Band Aide Inc. and Compliment Break, and how being in bands has made all the difference. 

Jim Keenan

May 20, 2016

Why It's Never Too Late to Start Playing an Instrument

Learning how to play a musical instrument at any age can help to build perceptual, intellectual and cognitive skills.

Here's some great reasons why it is never too late to pick up that guitar or learn how to play the drums.

Jim Keenan

May 20, 2016

Reach 4 Real Announces New Lead Instructors and Adaptive Dance Program


BURLINGTON, MA, May 16, 2016 --- To help support its rapid growth, Reach 4 Real recently certified two of its instructors, Natali Freed-Wicklund and Corrine Mina as lead teachers, and hired Samantha Gardner to teach the newly created Adaptive Dance classes. 

Lindsay Kelloway

May 17, 2016

5 Tools /Apps That Every Musician Should Be Using

There’s an app for that! There millions of apps out there that are made to help us learn a multitude of subjects and better ourselves. When it comes to mastering our music skills, there are some great apps to choose from to help you along the way. Here are some of the best apps that every musician should be using.

Jim Keenan

May 13, 2016

More on the Cycle of 4ths (the Wisdom of Charlie Banacos, part 2)

In our last post about about the great music educator Charlie Banacos, we reviewed the importance of playing a musical line or motif in the 'Cycle of 4ths,' in all twelve keys. 

Eric Ostling

May 5, 2016

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


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