Music Authority Family Newsletter - January 8, 2019
It's a new year! Let's work together to start fresh and keep those New Year's Musical Resolutions!
Staying on Track
New Years is a week past. How many of you have already fallen off the Resolution Wagon? It's okay, we won't tell anyone.
What we don't want is for your student to fall off the musical wagon, so this newsletter is dedicated to tips and tools for staying focused and making the most of your music lessons. Here are a few of our top tips:
1. Create a Schedule - Set aside a specific time of day for your student to practice. Write down the time on an agreement and have your student sign the agreement. Being consistent in practice time is important. I get up every morning at 6 and write for two hours before work. At first, it took me a while to get in the groove. Today, my brain understands "it's writing time" because I'm consistently doing it at the same time of day. Start that practice schedule and stick to it - results will follow!
2. Find a Carrot - Make a deal. Practice consistently, pass a level, perform in the Spring Show. At the end of a pre-determined time, earn the reward. Maybe it's a new guitar or effects pedal. Use the momentum to set a new goal.
3. Be Realistic - How much time is reasonable for your student to practice at home? Twice their age in minutes daily, and it should be divided into two shift. A ten year old should practice ten minutes twice daily. It doesn't sound like a lot, but we live in a world ruled by short time increments. We don't even ride the elevator without checking our texts today.
4. Perform! Students who perform are more likely to stay in lessons. Retention rates for students who perform jump from 3 months to several years. Performance reinforces lessons learned and shows students why we learn musical language. A baseball player would be bored if he only practiced and never played a game. The same is true for music students.
5. Try it Out Yourself. Try a lesson. You're already waiting around Music Authority while your student is learning, so learn some yourself. Even if it's only one lesson, it will help you understand what your child is doing weekly. We're teaching the language of music to your student, learn a little bit of the language yourself. It will help you understand why they're frustrated and will help you to get them on the right page.
- Melissa A. Loggins, Owner
Do you hear that noise around Music Authority? It's Spring Show rehearsals, underway this week. Take a listen and plan ahead to attend the show on March 22. The Spring and Fall Shows are open to all Music Authority students.
Taylor Guitars - Builder's Edition - 614ce
Introducing Builder's Edition, designed to help guitarists play and sound their very best. Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers has crafted a next-generation Taylor guitar that sets an inspiring new standard of playing comfort and sound.
Available at Music Authority.
How's Your Guitar Playing?
Guitars need love like any other piece of equipment. Just a like a car needs an oil change to keep functioning at it's best, guitar strings need to be changed every 6-8 weeks and a set up should be done every 6-8 months. A set up adjusts the neck, eliminating any warping due to humidity or heat, checks your intonation (if you're playing in tune), and polishes your fret board. Estimates are free, drop yours off for the Music Authority Repair Disco to check out today!
Music Authority's Eclipse playing "Bittersweet," one of their original songs, on New Years Eve 2018. The show was a huge success drawing a record crowd throughout the night. Thank you to everyone who came out to help party away 2018!