Why I started music lessons as an adult

  The Decision. As I grew into adulthood, closing the schooling chapter of my life and began working, I found that I was not challenging my brain anymore. Of course, work is busy, sometimes stressful, and life itself is hectic; but I was not using my brain for critical thinking skills like I used to. […]

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How long before they play something I recognize?

  How long does it take to learn to play a song on the guitar?  How long before the can play a song I know?  When a parent signs their child up for music lessons one of their first questions is “how long does it take to learn something recognizable?”  Unfortunately, this is another one […]

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The Myth of playing music for fun

The Myth of playing music for fun Music lessons are different than many other activities because they often lack the ‘game’ element. Hockey players practice and run drills but they also play games, Karate students practice their fight moves but then enter competitions, drama students rehearse regularly in order to put on a show. However, […]

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Time to quit? I can’t take the fight anymore

Yesterday I had one of those very uncomfortable situations where my group class of five-year-old children were sitting in the waiting room when one boy shouts out “I hate music, I want to quit’.  Suddenly his mom turns to one of the other moms in the class and says ‘see, I told you, this is […]

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Count repetitions not time when practicing

Parents will often ask me how long their child should practice every day.  This can be a very difficult question to answer because it depends on so many factors; how old is your child?  How long have they been playing their instrument? Do they have exams or concerts coming up? How much material do they […]

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Why you should perform at your music recital.

Performing in front of people is a terrifying idea, be it a presentation in the boardroom, a speech at your best friends wedding or playing a song in front of people at your recital.  So terrifying in fact that the mere mention of playing at the recital will send many students into a fear spiral […]

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Lessons Begin Tuesday, September 5th

Hello, everyone.  We are all very excited for the new teaching season beginning after the Labor Day long weekend.  New programs for students, new programs for parents, a fabulous team of teachers both those who have been with us for some time and a few new faces.  All in all, I believe this is going […]

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Why Should We Care About Music Education?

So many times in this business we hear the phrase, “but if he’s not practicing, what’s the point?” While we understand the frustration of this reality here at Studio Nine, we also understand that any amount of music education is extremely valuable at any age. Benefits of playing an instrument can range from increased mental […]

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