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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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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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RealSchool's Free Holiday Music: The Christmas Song

  
  
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A very nice arrangement of a Christmas Classic by Andrew Clark called "The Christmas Song" featuring:

  

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RealSchool's Free Holiday Music: Christmastime in the Morning

  
  
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Here's a peppy number from our traditional music team called "Christmastime in the Morning" featuring:

  

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RealSchool's Free Holiday Music: Russian Dance

  
  
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Need an adrenaline rush? The music download for today is "Russian Dance" featuring:

  

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RealSchool's Free Holiday Music: Silver Bells

  
  
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The music download for today is "Silver Bells" featuring:

Andrew Clark: Saxophone
Jim Zaroulis: Keys
Joe Cincotta: Drums
Roger Kimball: Bass
Produced and mixed by Tim Bongiovanni and Andrew Clark

  

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