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Practice Suggestions for the Summer Vacation

  
  
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In my last blog I wrote about using music to help reverse the summer slide. In this blog I'd like to discuss specific ways to use your practice time during the summer vacation to keep your skills up and quite possibly break through to a new level of competence.

  

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Music Helps Stem the Summer Slide

  
  
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There have been several studies conducted in recent years concerning the phenomenon of the summer slide for students. Research and data show that students can slip behind more than two months in their educational development during summer vacation. When they return in the fall teachers are faced with students who may have regressed to where they were at the previous spring. While it is agreed that the relaxation of summer is a welcome break from the grind of the scholastic year we run the risk of letting our children backslide if we don’t stimulate their minds during this time.

  

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Multiple Intelligences and Music

  
  
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As many educators and parents in the progressive education circles already know, everyone learns differently! As educators in 2014, it is our job to engage all types of learners.

  

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The importance of listening when you practice

  
  
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Have you ever thought about listening when you practice? There are several interesting concepts to consider here. Let's start with the value of listening to yourself and how it can help you improve as a musician.

  

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Tips on how to motivate your child to practice

  
  
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Getting your child to practice is similar to getting them to do their homework. After all, it could be said that practicing is the homework of learning to be a musician. I think many parents struggle with trying to motivate their child to do their homework and quite often this same child could be a motivational challenge when it is time to practice.

  

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Everybody wants to play music - but who wants to practice?

  
  
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Everybody wants to play music - but who wants to practice?

It is a simple yet profound question. We hear a dynamic musician play music and we are moved to try it for ourselves. We might purchase the same instrument or try to sing like the person we just saw perform. Millions of young Americans saw The Beatles for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show fifty years ago and a very high percentage of them bought a guitar, a bass, or a drum kit soon thereafter. It could be that you or your child has just had this same type of experience. The first inspiration to want to play music can come in many different ways.

  

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A peak ahead to RealJams Academy summer camp (on a cold winter day)

  
  
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For the past 5 years, I've had the pleasure of leading The Real School of Music's summer program, Real Jams Academy. The program gathers groups of young musicians aged 10-17 and asks them to do something they may have never done before: write, record and perform an original piece of music--often with other kids they've just met--in the space of just one week. On the face of it, it seems like a lot to ask. How will musicians of this age, some with very little experience, be able to meet a challenge that many experienced adult musicians might find challenging? The answer is: surprisingly well. I believe that it's in part due to the fact that they're placed with other kids of a similar age and musical experience, but more importantly it seems, it's their enthusiasm and desire to create something they can call their own.

  

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Why Take Music Lessons?

  
  
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by Jim Zaroulis

(read this and in the comments, let us know why you take or want to take music lessons)

It has been exactly one week since the beginning of the new year and I am sure you have been anxiously awaiting my most current points of view and witticisms. In all honesty, I hadn't planned on writing a new article this early in the year. However, like any artist, we must react with the moment. Whereas I did plan on talking about my plans for the new year, as it pertains to music and my students, I found myself deep in thought regarding some articles I've been reading, or have been pointed out to, pertaining to music education. Unfortunately, these articles showed a bit of disdain to music education (big surprise), but most shockingly to me was that the articles were written by a musician! I am hearing the gasps of horror coming from you as much as I can hear you asking, "Who would say such a thing?". The latter being irrelevant, but what IS of relevance is merely the question: "Why take lessons?"

  

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RealSchool's Free Holiday Music: Ave Maria and O Holy Night

  
  
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The Real School of Music Free Holiday Music for 2013

Merry Christmans! We're releasing two songs for this day, "Ave Maria" and "O Holy Night."

  

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RealSchool's Free Holiday Music: I'll Be Home For Christmas

  
  
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A nice tune for your travels this holiday season called "I'll Be Home For Christmas" featuring:

  

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