Entries by ksurmacewicz

12 Easy Steps to Help ANY Parent Support Their Musical Child (Even if You Don’t Have A Clue about Music)

A new school year has started, and your child is begging you for music lessons.  You’ve rented the instrument, chosen the instructor, and set up your fall schedule.  Now, how can you support your child throughout their journey – even if you’ve never sung a note in tune?  TakeLessons Student Counselor Stiina L. offers up […]

Teaching Tips: Creating Unique Curriculum for Your Music Students

  Are you challenged with the task of finding interesting curriculum to keep your students motivated during their lessons?  TakeLessons guitar teacher Lisa T., who is based in the Chicago area, has some teaching tips for those who want to create an engaging and fun lesson experience for their students. ————————————————————————- If you’re looking for […]

TakeLessons and Music 4 Miracles Team Up to Help Children with Cancer

Recently, our student counselor Kathleen V. had the opportunity to speak with Kristi Huddleston, the founder and president of the non-profit organization Music 4 Miracles. Based in Florida, this inspiring organization is powered by Kristi’s passion to raise awareness and financial support for families of children diagnosed with cancer. The funds raised help provide education […]

The Loog Guitar Revolution: Guitar Lessons for Kids Will Never be the Same

As a music educator and performer, I’m always interested in learning about new products and tools that can help students succeed.  When I discovered the Loog Guitar, a 3-string interchangeable guitar designed with children in mind, I immediately took notice. I was excited to find out more about the Loog because I took guitar lessons […]

Lessons With Jimi: Tips for Teaching a Piano Student with Alzheimer’s

The following story comes from piano teacher Windy C. in St. Petersburg, Florida. Last fall, Windy began the challenging journey of teaching piano lessons to a student with Alzheimer’s.  Below she shares some helpful tips she’s learned as a result of working with her student, Jimi. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story, Windy! […]

Wanna Play Music? Join the Fun During NAMM’s Wanna Play Music Week May 2-8

During the week of May 2-8, musicians, schools, and other organizations across the country will come together to celebrate National Wanna Play Music Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).  This week-long celebration highlights the importance of music education programs in schools and promotes the benefits of playing music […]

The Beginner Musician’s Mind: Four Tips for Successful Performances

The following post comes from TakeLessons teacher Jeremy R. in Hudson, Florida. Jeremy has been a professional performing musician for over 10 years and has taught hundreds of students during that time.  Below he shares some of his favorite tips for beginner musicians who are learning to perform. ________________________________________________ As a beginner musician, learning to […]