Entries by Megan L.

17 Moments Everyone Has Had On The First Day Of School

Summer is winding down and it’s time to get ready to go back to school. Whether you’ve been out of school for the summer or for many, many years (parents, we’re looking at you), you’ve definitely had these back to school moments. 1. The night-before butterflies. You can’t get to sleep because it feels like [...]

The Super Simple Trick for How to Sing Better Instantly

At some point during the process of mastering any skill, from learning to ride a bike to learning to drive a car, you might long for a quick fix – that one thing that will improve your ability drastically, and take you from a floundering beginner to, if not an expert, at least reasonably accomplished. [...]

Concerts in San Diego: Inside the Classical Music Scene

When most people think of San Diego, they think of surf and sunshine. But as a resident of the city, you know there’s also a thriving classical music scene. You can make Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, and the other great composers in history a part of your daily life by going to one of the [...]

TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/28/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week: Stacey S. in Covington, KY sent this video of her student Mary C. Stacey [...]

7 Powerful Life Lessons from Famous Piano Composers

We talk a lot about the benefits of piano lessons (you know, making you smarter, teaching discipline, relieving stress, and so on and so on), but have you ever thought about the lessons to be gained from looking at the lives of famous piano composers? These seven celebrated composers have lots to teach about life, creativity, and how [...]

Video: How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

If  you’re a musician, you probably already know you’re kind of a genius. In case you need help proving your mental prowess to unbelievers, TED-Ed put together this great new video illustrating exactly what happens in musical brains. Just press play and get ready for the fireworks! If you’re interested in further reading on the [...]

TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/21/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week: Gfire in Austin, TX wrote, “My voice student Jessica, age 10, just got cast [...]

8 Year Old’s Piano Recital Goes Viral

Can you imagine your town coming together for an 8-year-old’s piano recital? The residents of one Minnesota town did just that, gathering by the hundreds in the rain to see young Dylan Spoering play a free show. A local musician saw the sign Dylan had put up in his front yard to advertise the show, [...]

Exploring Kid-Friendly Theaters and Plays in San Francisco

Engaging in the arts can be a fantastic and enriching experience, no matter if you’re on stage participating yourself, or watching from the audience. And if you’re in the Bay Area, you have an awesome opportunity to teach your kids about arts appreciation by attending plays in San Francisco! From Broadway shows to musicals and [...]

Acting for the Camera vs. Onstage – Is There a Difference?

Many professional actors have flawlessly transitioned between acting onstage and acting for the camera over the years. While the two mediums are distinct and require a specific skill set, there is much debate about how different they really are. In this article we’d like to take you through a few of the common differences between [...]