Student Spotlight – May 31, 2013

Happy Friday and thanks for joining us as we once again shine the spotlight on a very special TakeLessons student! This week, we’re honoring Steve S, a 9-year-old piano student from Dedham, MA. Steve has been taking lessons with Marie-France M. for 2 years and recently got the opportunity to meet one of his musical heroes!

In this picture, Steve is meeting with Keith Lockhart, the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Steve’s teacher let us know that Steve hopes to one day become a conductor himself. After seeing the video below of Steve’s impressive piano playing, we have to say it looks like Steve’s well on his way to living his dream! Read more

Teacher Spotlight: Comedy Music on Life, Love, and Unicorns

Combining comedy with music can be a tricky art. If you do it right, however, you wind up with a tune that’s both catchy and hilarious. New York teacher Jessica D. works in the comedy music genre, crafting songs that showcase both her musical chops and her sharp sense of humor. We had a chance to pick Jessica’s brain about her influences, booking gigs in New York, and some exciting projects she has coming up. Check out our exclusive interview with Jessica…

Teaching Tips: The Ultimate Recital Survival Guide

music recitalWhether you’re a brand new music teacher planning your first recital or a seasoned veteran, you know music recitals are important to help your students learn to perform and share their talents. You probably also know (or you’re discovering) that putting on a recital is a lot of work!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t fret; we’ve reached out to some of our expert TakeLessons teachers for their teaching tips on how to put on the best recital ever! Read more

Our Favorite Educational Websites for Kids

If your kids are anything like I was, they probably can’t wait for school to be out for the summer! Summer is a great time for kids to play outside, spend more time with friends, and explore their own interests. As a parent, however, you’re probably on the look-out for fun ways to keep your kids engaged with learning and education even though school is out. Luckily, there are many great educational websites for kids that can help you keep your kids learning and having fun this summer. Here are our top 5 picks! Read more

20 Modern Resources for Savvy Musicians

For many people, learning to play an instrument means more than just mastering techniques and memorizing songs. Playing music is an outlet for self-expression and creativity. These musicians get the most enjoyment out of their instrument when composing their own material to express their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Are you wondering how to make the leap from just playing an instrument to writing your own songs? Take advantage of the many resources for musicians available online to expand your musical knowledge, boost your creativity, start writing your own pieces, and share them with the world. Read more

Student Spotlight – May 24, 2013

Happy Friday to all of our great students and teachers! This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Zoey M. in Olathe, KS. Zoey is 7 years old and she’s been taking piano lessons with Marci S. for one year.

Zoey’s hard work practicing and taking lessons is starting to really make a difference. She’ll be playing the piano in her school’s upcoming talent show. Bravo, Zoey! Read more

5 Movies to Get Your Guy Hooked On Musicals

best musicalsIt’s an unfortunate stereotype that most men don’t (or won’t) enjoy watching musicals. Musicals are about so much more than just silly songs and dancing. Musicals can tell all kinds of stories; yes, even stories that appeal to your guy!

Whether you’re trying to get your boyfriend to go to the theater with you or convince a talented guy you know to go to a local audition, rent one of these 5 guy-friendly musicals to get the man in your life totally jazzed about musicals! Read more

Video: 10 Wedding Dance Moves You Need to Know

It’s almost summer, and you know what that means… wedding season! June is typically one of the busiest months for weddings, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself bouncing from one celebration to the next. Weddings can be tons of fun, but what if you’re dreading the dance floor? Don’t worry – we’re here to help. The video below will run through the 10 essential dance moves to practice in front of the mirror before you don your wedding wear. And just remember: you’re supposed to make a fool out of yourself!

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Don’t Quit Now! Keep Your Kid Motivated for Music Lessons

Few things are more frustrating than investing your time and money in an instrument and lessons for your child only to hear weeks later that they’ve changed their mind and don’t want to continue. Although you’re frustrated and you want your kid to get the many advantages that music lessons have to offer, you also don’t want to turn your home into a battleground. What’s a parent to do?

If your child tells you that they don’t want to continue with music lessons or if you sense that their motivation is slipping, you can take action. Read on to find out what you can do to keep your kid committed to learning music! Read more

Student Spotlight – May 17, 2013

It’s Friday once again and time for another talented TakeLessons student to show off what they’ve been learning! This week we’re featuring Murli in Plainfield, IL, who has been taking guitar lessons with Adam G. for one year.  Murli is 50 years old. Although he has played guitar for many years, this has been his first time actually taking lessons and it looks like he’s really learning a lot!

Murli writes, ” I wanted to learn to play the lead and augment my chord playing skills.  This song helped me bring all the learnings together  and I consider this a milestone in my learning. I recorded the song in my home studio and published it. Adam is a great teacher – one who is very knowledgeable, patient and a wonderful guitar player.” Check out Murli’s video for his version of “Red Bud Tree” by Mark Knopfler below: Read more