We are delighted to extent and warm welcome to all new students to our music school in this new year and to introduce all of you to our NJSM blog.
It is our job as a music school to provide you with every advantage so that your long journey ahead is successful, pleasant and gratifying. Learning to play an instrument does not come naturally to anyone, it requires practice. Practice is the single most important discipline in learning to play an instrument and is in itself an art and a discipline that needs to be learned.
We realize that many of you do not have music lesson experience and that you might benefit from a guide to support your efforts; whether you are a student or the parent of one. To that end I have been writing this blog for the past three and a half years. It is full of helpful information and suggestions to help explain the art of practicing, the importance of recitals, the benefits of music education, interesting facts about music lessons and much, much more.
For the ease of finding those articles that are most pertinent to you, here is an updated index for our blog. Note that the posts are organized in reverse chronological order. I hope you will refer back to this blog from time to time. It can always accessed from the bottom of the homepage of our website. Just click on the “W” for (WordPress).
Once again, welcome to the NJ School and Music!
NJSM Blog Index
October 10, 2014 through November 13, 2017
10/ 10 Let’s talk about practicing for your music lessons
10/17 Let’s talk about practicing – Practice tips part 1
10/29 Let’s talk about practicing – Practice tips part 2
11/05 Let’s talk about practicing: Overcoming frustrations and challenges – Part 1
11/14 Let’s talk about practicing: Overcoming difficulties and challenges – Part 2
11/26 Let’s talk about practicing: Overcoming difficulties and challenges – Part 3
1212 Let’s talk about practicing: Overcoming difficulties and challenges – Part 4
1230 Getting back to practicing after a break
01/20 Let’s talk about practicing: Overcoming difficulties – Part 5
02/25 Let’s talk about practicing: Overcoming difficulties – Part 6
04/14 Let’s talk about recitals
04/21 Let’s talk about recitals – Part 2
05/05 Let’s talk about recitals – Part 3
05/16 Let’s talk about summer music lessons
01/18 Why schedule private music lessons when your child gets group lesson in school
01/28 Starting lessons and working through the initial learning curve
02/08 Playing a musical instrument is good for your health
02/17 Why make up lessons and substitute teachers?
Series of four posts on what to expect when beginning lessons on different instruments: 02/25 Focus on piano and drums
03/04 Focus on stringed instruments – Part A
03/11 Focus on stringed instruments – Part B
03/19 Focus on brass, woodwind and vocal
03/28 Passively vs. actively listening to music
05/04 How long does it take to learn to play the __________? (fill in the blank)
05/19 Suggestions for keeping your child interested and excited about their lessons
08/26 What music students need to stay motivated
10/07 Playing music and creativity
10/21 Healthy instrument practice habits
10/26 Recitals – why all of the fuss?
12/12 Note reading and sight reading
01/30 The importance of group playing
02/09 Why do I play worse at my lessons?
02/15 Ever feel like more practice leads to worse playing?
02/21 How many times do you want me to play that?
03/02 Busy week – no time to practice
03/10 The science behind practicing
03/17 The need for continuing private lessons while playing in groups and ensembles
03/24 How to tell if your child is practicing effectively
04/07 Music for aging well
04/10 Music competitions aren’t for everyone
04/20 Preparing for your recital
05/01 It is important to attend live concerts
05/12 How to create a great recital audience
05/19 Recitals are not just for kids
05/26 Keeping your musical skills fresh when life gets in the way
08/22 What to expect when resuming music lessons after a break
08/29 I haven’t practiced all summer and my lessons resume next week.
09/13 What to expect as a student new to private music lessons 10/6 The problem with leaving recitals early 11/13 Parental Involvement in Music Lessons