How Piano Can Help Kids

How Piano Lessons for Kids Can Help with Creativity, Coordination, and More

How Piano Lessons for Kids Can Help with Creativity, Coordination, and MoreFor a child, learning to play an instrument is often its own reward. Did you realize, however, that there are numerous other benefits to learning to play music as a child? Aside from the obvious benefits of learning music, piano lessons for kids also have benefits in terms of academic achievement, confidence, and overall focus.

When you find a great music teacher for your child, the benefits are exponentially expanded! Check out these amazing benefits of piano lessons for kids:

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Broadway Shows

Broadway Shows in San Diego: Introducing Your Kids to the Arts

Broadway ShowsAs a parent who understands the impact the arts can have on a child’s life, you’ve probably thought about introducing your children to the wonderful world of musicals. For less than the cost of a ticket to Disneyland, you can introduce your child to these awe-inducing, inspiring productions with the many Broadway shows in San Diego.

Broadway Shows – What’s the Big Deal?

Broadway shows, originally named after the 40 professional theaters in the Theater district of Manhattan in New York City, are widely reputed to be the highest quality productions of commercial theater. Directly connected to Broadway New York, Broadway shows in San Diego represent this level of musical theater to residents of San Diego and surrounding areas.

Your First Broadway Show: Tips for You and Your Children

  • Keep age in mind. Children under 4 or 5 are generally not advised to attend most Broadway shows in San Diego. In fact, many theaters will not allow them to attend at this age. However, you can usually find other musicals and specific venues and playhouses geared toward younger children’s shorter attention spans. If you have a slightly older child, consider whether or not they can sit through the length of the shows, which are typically over 2 hours.

  • Understand how young children experience the art of storytelling. Young children experience theater differently than adults, since they often live in a world of pretend, where the line between reality and play is quite blurred. They often become mentally, emotionally, and (when allowed) physically involved in the story without reservations. This is an advantage in getting children excited about the arts.

  • Make sure content is appropriate. Choose your child’s first Broadway show wisely. “Little Women” might bore a young child, and “The Lion King”, though geared toward children, may still be scary for young or sensitive children. If you’re not sure how the show will be received, try film musicals at home before attending live Broadway shows.

  • Talk about manners. Remind children how they are expected to behave at the theater. Discuss both quiet times and times during the show when it is polite to clap. Make sure your kid are aware of how to let those sitting around them enjoy the show, as well.

  • Know before you go. Learning about the background of a musical before attending the show can make the show easier to follow and more enjoyable, particularly for younger children. For example, you could introduce your children to books and movies similar to the show they will be viewing before attending the show.

  • Arrive early, and consider when to depart. Arriving early will allow you time to use the restroom, find your seats, and explore the many areas of the theater children may find exciting, such as the edge of the stage and the orchestra pit. Recognize that it’s okay to leave early if your children are having difficulty lasting through the performance, or to take turns with another adult playing with rowdy children in the lobby area so the rest of your group can enjoy the show.

After the Show: Making the Most of Your Child’s Broadway Experience

  • What just happened? Take the time to discuss what you just witnessed after attending the show. Good topics of conversation include favorite and least favorite parts, as well as general impressions. For older children watching shows with more serious topics, discuss how settings, time period, and culture differ from their life today.

  • The effects of music. Live musical performances help your children understand that music doesn’t just come out of a box like the radio or TV. Ask your children how they felt about the music in the show and how it contributed to or took away from the experience.

  • Make it a project. After attending a show, plan an art, music, or dance project focusing on related material so your kids can reenact the performance. It just may turn out that attending a Broadway show impacts their entire lives by inspiring them to get involved in participating in musicals on their own!

  • Conflict resolution. Because theater sometimes showcases scary situations in a safe manner where no one gets hurt, Broadway shows offer a great opportunity to discuss conflict resolution with your children, such as confronting and overcoming fears. How would your child have reacted to that situation? What are some of their fears?

Supporting your Child’s Interest in Participating in Musical Theater

If you find yourself regularly attending Broadway shows in San Diego, you may soon discover that your child wants to not only watch, but to participate in musical theater! With these tips, you can focus on helping them achieve their performance goals and gain enjoyment out of the experience:

  • Don’t make it about you. Ensure the focus of your child’s musical theater career has their best interests at heart, not your own fears or desires.

  • Provide encouragement. Don’t point out every flaw. Constructive criticism immediately after a performance may not be the best idea, as kids are not as thick-skinned as they may appear. Instead, praise all the hard work your child put into his or her performance.

  • Inspire your children’s goals and passions. Attend as many plays, operas, concerts, and dance events in San Diego as you can. This will show your child that you both admire and respect his or her passions for the theater.

Showing your children a more exciting, cultured alternative to sitting on the couch watching TV by attending Broadway shows in San Diego is a great way to encourage a love for the arts. It’s a fantastic creative outlet and an escape from the ordinary!

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Music, Museums, and More: San Diego Kids Activities for Artists of all Types

San Diego KidIntroducing children to the arts is an important part of growth and education. By encouraging your kids to explore the world of art from an early age, you’ll help them develop motor skills, learn to make decisions, improve language skills, become culturally aware, and develop a sense of innovation.

There are many opportunities for parents to encourage their kids to explore and develop through the arts right here in San Diego. Here are just a few of the San Diego kids’ activities that you and your children can enjoy:

San Diego Museum of Art

Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Art is a wonderful opportunity to explore paintings, sculptures, and other artistic pieces with your kids. Instead of just browsing, engage your kids by asking them what they think about each piece. Start a discussion, ask open-ended questions, and encourage your kids to think about what the artist’s motivation or inspiration.

The museum offers several family-oriented events and programs, making the visit fun for everyone. Every Sunday, for example, stop by their Family Drop-In Days for hands-on, art-making activities. Teens can also stop by their Teen Art Cafe, held twice during the school year, to make art and meet with exhibition artists and other teen artists.

Looking for summer activities for the kids? The museum offers several different options for summer camps, for kids of all ages.

San Diego Civic Theater

The San Diego Civic Theater can provide a wonderful experience for kids that are a bit older, who can truly enjoy the world of live theater. Take them to watch some of the greatest theatrical and musical performances. The theater doesn’t stop at live theater; they produce wonderful music concerts as well.

Visit San Diego Theater on line for a listing of upcoming shows and musicals.

Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts is full of inspiration and education. The museum contains a broad collection of photography, film, and video presentations and collections. During the summer the museum offers a camp for kids featuring different photographic activities and outdoor adventures each day.  They offer a variety of programs and classes for all ages throughout the year that explore the art of photography, film,  and video.

 For admission prices and museum hours, visit their main site. If you would like information on their classes and theater hours visit their calendar.

Private music lessons with TakeLessons.com

If you want you child to experience a more “one-on-one” activity, consider private music lessons. Takelessions.com provides a variety of different musical lessons, so your child can learn how to play the violin, piano, drums, guitar, and more. You can find a teacher near you and book lessons that work  for your family’s schedule and budget. The site is easy to use, and your online account helps you keep track of your child’s lesson schedule and goals.

TakeLessons.com also offers other private lessons in music, performing arts, and academic tutoring. Your child can learn ballet, dance, acting, singing, and so much more!

The New Children’s Museum

One of the most interactive San Diego kids activities is a visit to The New Children’s Museum. This place is all about the hands-on experience. Kids can enjoy many different workshops and activities, all designed to allow children and families to explore creative art and design processes. Some of the experiences include a paint farm, clay bakeshop, DIY food trucks, papermaking, and a garden workshop.

Let imaginations spark, generate a greater appreciation of the arts, and plan a day of fun. General admission for adults $10.00, for kids 1 and up $10.00, and children under 1 are free. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. For hours and more information visit The New Children’s Museum online.

Pottery Classes

In the Spanish Village Art Center in the heart of Balboa Park, you and your kids can find ongoing pottery classes. Sculptors ages 6 and up can enjoy learning about clay and make their own beautiful masterpieces. Classes are on Saturdays from 10:30 to 12:30 and are $20.00 each, registration is not required.

Crafts for Kids with the Lakeshore Learning Store

The Lakeshore Learning Store also plays a part in San Diego kids activities. Their stores host Crafts for Kids every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. The best part, it’s free and no reservations are needed! Each week they feature a different craft. You can expect crafts that may include making picture frames, puppets, bookmarks, hats, or card holders. Each with unique and creative themes that embrace cultures, love of arts and reading, as well as Holidays.

San Diego Junior Theatre

If you are looking for San Diego kids activities geared for children that love theatre, check out San Diego Junior Theatre. All year children from the ages of 4 to 18 can participate in classes and camps specializing in acting, voice, dance and theatre specialties. Also the theatre produces shows year round that you and your kids can go watch.

 You can check out their calendar of events to find shows and auditions.

Pachis

Let your kids express themselves at Pachis Art Studio. They believe that kids are born creative and can discover themselves through art. Their classes encourage self-expression and build self-esteem.

 These are only a few of all the San Diego kids activities available for you and your families. No matter what classes they take and which places they visit, keep art in the picture. Your children will love the experience and develop an appreciation for creativity. And you will be providing them with education and early development advantages. It’s a win-win opportunity!

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Learning Adventures Things for Kids to do in Los Angeles

Learning Adventures: Things for Kids to do in Los Angeles

kids in LALos Angeles is such an exciting city for kids to grow up in! From Universal Studios to the beaches, there are always lots of fun things to do.

What if you’re looking for things for kids to do in Los Angeles that are more than just fun? After all, some of the most memorable experiences in childhood are the ones where you are learning something new and having fun at the same time. Here are some easy ways you can be a super-parent by taking your kids on one of these awesome learning adventures! Read more

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Do You Miss Reading Rainbow? There’s an App for That.

Kids of the 80′s and 90′s, remember Reading Rainbow??? No big deal, just the awesome show where LeVar Burton taught you that books can take you on magical journeys and made hanging out at libraries seem pretty cool. Guest appearances from celebrities and field trips to cool places didn’t hurt either.

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10 Pinterest Boards Creative Parents Need to Follow Now

Drawing Exchange at the Big Draw, RISD Museum Establishing a lifelong love of the arts and music starts with being creative together. Spending an afternoon with your child painting or singing songs are both great ways to foster creativity in your child. You can even use fun, creative projects to educate your child about science, reading, and life.

Pinterest is also a treasure trove of ideas and projects for kids and parents to share. There are so many creative parents doing wonderful things and using Pinterest to share their ideas with the world. If you’re new to Pinterest, or new to parenting, these boards will give you ideas for everything from crafts to mealtime, plus extras for the grown-ups too. Read more

Why Do Kids Quit Hobbies?

why do kids quit hobbiesChildhood is a magical time of learning, growing, trying new things, and having fun! However, many parents feel their kids change too much, going through many phases of different hobbies. If your child wants to take dance lessons one week and karate the next, how can you best support your child’s growth? Read more

Brain Food: School Lunch Ideas that Boost Grades

school lunchYou are what you eat, right? If you’ve heard of “brain food” before, you’re probably familiar with the idea that certain “smart” foods contain nutrients that help your brain function at its peak.

So why not eat smart and start adding some serious brain food when packing school lunch for yourself or your child? Here are some of our favorite smart foods, along with ideas for incorporating them into a delicious school lunch! Read more

Why September is the Best Time to Start Music Lessons

bandCan you believe Labor Day is right around the corner? The back-to-school frenzy has officially begun! It’s an exciting time for kids, especially if they’re hitting a milestone, like moving up to middle school or high school. Pretty soon the after-school activities and sports will kick in, so now is a great time to organize your schedule and determine which activities will be priorities. If your son or daughter has shown some interest in music, or is starting a band or orchestra program in school, you might be wondering about private music lessons. But is now a good time to get started? Absolutely!

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