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Nine Ways Music Lessons Benefit Your ADD Child

Parents of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder face enormous challenges.  How do you educate a child who can’t seem to pay attention, has difficulty following directions, who daydreams in the classroom, who is disorganized and seems to be in … Continue reading

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Please Bang on the Piano!

(Three reasons to encourage your child to sound . . .well . . . awful.)   Do you insist that your child only make beautiful sounds while practicing?  Most people want their children to learn excellent practicing habits.  For some … Continue reading

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Vocal Lessons: How Young Is Too Young?

Your daughter is seven years old, and singing is her life.  She sings in the bathroom, she sings on the way to school, at the dinner table, and while falling asleep.  She listens to music constantly and sings along with … Continue reading

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Practicing Music: 7 Tricks To Make The Habit Stick

Think of all the things we do in life which are habits: brushing  teeth, locking the door, making the bed, feeding pets or folding laundry.  Most of us accomplish these tasks without a thought, to the point that we may … Continue reading

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Summer Music lessons: To Play or Not To Play?

Summer is a magical time for children. School and homework are tossed out the window, and sunny days of biking, swimming and relaxing stretch endlessly ahead.  Summer is the time to kick back in the grass and do nothing for … Continue reading

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“I Love Recitals!” Raising a Confident Performer

How does your child feel about performing?  Is she a “natural” on stage,  loving the limelight and attention?  Or is she quiet and more reserved?  I remember my first recital: I was one of those quiet children, and I remember … Continue reading

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Is My Child Ready For Piano Lessons? 6 Ways to Know

Your child is showing interest in the piano. You might be wondering, “Is my child ready for lessons?” It is never too soon to expose your child to music. Love of music is a universal trait among young children, and … Continue reading

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31 Ways to Praise Your Child for Practicing

Practicing a musical instrument is fun, but it can also be hard work.  Perhaps your child is attempting to play a new piece and it seems tricky, or part of a song is difficult to master.  When children become discouraged, … Continue reading

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