Music, Education, Learning Styles,
And the Journey of this Music School
And the Journey of this Music School
Dear Moms and Dads,
April is a hard month, isn’t it?! We have bursts of sunshine (and brief previews of summer) and then days of fog and rain and gloom. If you're like me, your kids have projects due, performances on the horizon, sports beginning and ending, and papers to write. Stress is high and time is short.
I GET IT. I have 4 kids and sometimes it’s just downright overwhelming. I want to quit EVERYTHING. I want to clear the schedule and fast forward to June. I'm ready for summer and I'm ready for school to be DONE.
Here’s the thing. This time of year is wonky, but things are going to get better! We are going to make it through graduations and open houses and award ceremonies and performances. And then (drumroll) our kids will be declaring that they are BORED.
How do we go from crazy-busy to “I don’t know what to do… I’m bored” soooo fast?!? But it happens every year!
So before you quit every activity and drop lessons, I just want to encourage you that things WILL get better! And when your kids need something to do, playing their instrument or singing or going to lessons will be the perfect thing for them to do! There is SO much students can do with music. They can learn to read music, play by ear, write music, record music, play in a group, perform for family or at events, and the list goes on! There are SO many styles of music to explore too! If you’re getting a little bored with your books, choose a new FUN book of popular songs, movie tunes, Broadway music, Rock and Roll, Jazz or other! Ask your teacher for fun music to try. They will have lots of suggestions! Try playing or singing with backing tracks (check out www.karaoke-version.com). You can customize your mp3 and play with a full band backing you up!
>>>>>>>Don’t forget about all our awesome weekend classes. Weekend classes will keep your students having fun all summer long! The link to sign up is here: http://www.rogersmusiclessons.com/weekend-music-classes.html The link is also included in every weekly reminder email that you receive.
>>>>>>We're doing it again! This summer, for any student that is currently enrolled in lessons, you will get time in our recording studio! Come record your music PLUS have a professional photographer take your photo! You can upload your songs to SoundCloud and share with all your friends and relatives! There are so many options to keep your student learning music all summer long! Talk to your teacher for more ideas!
>>>>>>The June recital is coming! We are performing OUTSIDE at the Maple Grove stage (next door to the library). It's going to be AWESOME so be sure to invite grandparents and friends and get it on your calendar now! The sign up is online: http://www.rogersmusiclessons.com/summer-recital
>>>>>>The Musical Ladder System is also a huge reason to stay in lessons. Don't miss out on receiving your next trophy! Remember, if you "take a break" from lessons, you start over on the ladder. It's like Chutes and Ladders! So be sure to ask your teacher when YOUR next test is! Students are LOVING the wristbands and trophies. Hey, music deserves awards, just like sports, right?!? Yeah, that's what I think, too!
We have a great line-up for this summer, so hang on to your hat in April. You'll make it through to the end of the year! I promise. Solidarity, parents. We've got this!
Jen Hickle, Author,
Hi! I'm Jen Hickle. I started Rogers School of Music when I was newly married and finishing my music degree. I LOVE music, I love education and I also love writing! This blog is where you can get to know me a little better and I can share my love of education and music and personalities, as we tailor music lessons to each individual student!