Category Archives: Oregon Music Academy Blog

Music lesson and music teacher blog by the Oregon Music Academy. OMA provides private and group music instruction in Portland and the surrounding areas of Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, and Sherwood.

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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We Are OMA

Wow! What an awesome recital weekend! It’s such a thrill to hear so much music in one day and to see the progress our students are making over the long term. You have so much to be proud of. We’ll … 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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Own The Outcome

One of the most powerful concepts we can teach our kids is that they have influence over the events of their life. This isn’t so say that everything will always go the way they want. After all, “influence” is different … 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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Better Your Best

Have you ever set your mind on achieving a goal and fallen short? Haven’t we all? Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we miss the mark. It could be that we simply underestimated the amount of time, focus, and energy it … Continue reading

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