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Extreme Weather is Extremely Bad for Musical Instruments

It's the first few days of winter in New England as I'm typing this, where late December can bring deep freezes and warm breezes all in the same week, and sometimes in the same day. As the title of this article suggests, winter is a bad time for musical instruments, including vocalists. 

Andrew Clark

January 4, 2017

Real School's Top 10 Articles of 2016

2016 was an amazing year at Real School. To celebrate the new year, we decided to look back at the most popular articles on the Real School blog - because it's one of the places we celebrate our students, instructors, and share the latest trends in music education.

Jim Keenan

December 26, 2016

5 Obscure Musicals You Should Check Out

We’ve all heard of Hamilton, Wicked, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera….  But what if you’re looking for something a bit lesser known? This list is a great start!

Stephanie Morey-Barry

December 1, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beginner Musician

Are you looking for an affordable holiday gift for the beginner musician, but not sure where to start? Avoid the mistake of purchasing a low quality or incorrectly sized instrument that's destined to collect dust in a corner. 

Jim Keenan

November 29, 2016

Faculty Spotlight Series: Managing Partner + Woodwinds Instructor Andrew Clark

Even after having some incredible career highlights, including playing with The Beach Boys, performing and giving masterclasses in Europe, and writing for Saxophone Today, Real School instructor Andrew Clark is first and foremost a teacher with a passion for music education. 

Jim Keenan

October 27, 2016

Student Spotlight Series: amplifi Student Davis Raymond

Cotting School (Lexington, MA) student Davis Raymond has thrived in a class environment that is accessible, engaging, collaborative, supportive, and enjoyable to enhance and accelerate learner-centered education.

Heather Luhn

October 17, 2016

Faculty Spotlight Series: Managing Partner + Guitar Instructor Nick Vecchio

Running a music school has its rewards, but it can be very challenging. 

Between hiring and managing instructors, recruiting and enrolling students, maintaining the facility, and keeping a busy teaching schedule, Nick Vecchio does it all.

Jim Keenan

September 30, 2016

Student Spotlight Series: Audrey and Megan Mendenhall

What if you had two kids who, between them, have studied eight different instruments from multiple instructors over the past four years?

With this level of exploration, would you anticipate that they're flourishing or floundering in their musical development? 

Jim Keenan

September 22, 2016

Faculty Spotlight Series: New Director of Education Heather Luhn

Since joining the faculty of Real School in 2012, Heather Luhn has filled many roles. After starting as a  violin instructor, Heather moved to Director of String Instruction, Director of Yamaha Music Education, and serving on the Faculty Leadership Team, often all at the same time!

Jim Keenan

September 12, 2016


Burlington, MA (September 9, 2016) - The Real School of Music today announced the promotion of Heather Luhn to the newly created position of Director of Education. 

April Holland

September 12, 2016

Student Spotlight Series: Singer Songwriter Christopher Ruediger

It's all about learning, growing, and putting yourself out there.

With an active gigging schedule, popular Youtube channel, and a new recording of original music, singer / songwriter Chris Ruediger is busy making it happen. 

Jim Keenan

August 30, 2016

Building Musical Stamina

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.

Andrew Clark

August 25, 2016

Membership Perks at Real School

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.

Lindsay Kelloway

August 24, 2016

Student Spotlight Series: Vocalist and Pianist Julia Colucci

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.

Jim Keenan

August 19, 2016

Faculty Spotlight Series: Guitar Instructor Chris McKenney

"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. 

Jim Keenan

August 18, 2016

Surprised By Gratitude

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.  

Steve Levy

August 5, 2016

Student Spotlight Series: Guitarist Benjamin Reagan

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." 

Jim Keenan

August 4, 2016

Can Music Practicing Be Done in Microbursts?

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.

Andrew Clark

August 2, 2016

Adult Student Spotlight Series: Cindy Walsh

"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! 

Jim Keenan

August 1, 2016

You’re Never Too Old To Start Learning A Musical Instrument

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.

Andrew Clark

July 27, 2016


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