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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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...
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.