Fellowship, Marshall Origin 20, Kylan McNichols, and Love on the High Seas
Music Lessons and Fellowship
This week's article is the last in a series on how to keep your student engaged in lessons.
Too often, students drop out of lessons because they're bored or they don't want to practice at home. In the last two articles, I talked about the importance of linear, quantifiable material, and recitals. Simply put, students need to be in books to show quantifiable progress and they need to participate in recitals or concerts to help stay focused on the reason to practice.
Having a practice chart or a routine helps, too. It's not terrible if a parent has to remind their elementary or middle aged student to practice. Remember, they won't eat green vegetables without encouragement and reminding, either.
The third part of being successful is to have a social support system in your lessons. Being at camp or involved in a show builds friendships. Those friendships, built from music, will reinforce the importance of lessons.
Students will want to do what their friends do. If you give them friends who are musicians, they will also want to participate in music. If you surround your child with kids who play baseball, chances are, your student will also want to give up guitar for baseball.
The Music Authority Roadies offer a variety of opportunities through the year to participate socially with other student musicians to help build and guide those relationships. They have picnics, concerts, student parties, and offer service projects. Follow their group on Facebook to stay up to date, or send a request to join their Roadies message board.
Summer Camp, Spring Break Camp, and the Spring/Fall Show also offer those opportunities. Families who participate enjoy themselves and find their students stay engaged in music longer - an average of 5-7 years - when they participate in occasional fellowship with other music families.
I know many of you are happy with a once a week musical experience; but I hope I've given you some options and ideas on how to be more involved. If your child shows a love of music or an aptitude for their instrument, give some of these ideas a try.
You just might be putting your child on the path to better math and science skills, better communication, and a happy and successful musical experience.
Photo Credit - Alicia Hughes - Music Authority's Eclipse sharing laughter, and a friendship that will last a lifetime, during a photo shoot.
Kylan McNichols is a guitar and uke teacher at Music Authority. Originally from Fairborn, Ohio, he graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music before joining team of instructors at Music Authority.
Kylan served time in the Marines and loves Seinfeld. His first instrument was the trombone.
Marshall Origin 20
This 20W combo is designed for those that like expression through innovation. Using a Celestion V type speaker the Origin20CTM provides a classic all-valve Marshall tone. A 2-way footswitch allows you to control the gain boost and turn the FX loop on and off. With classic styling and modern features this amp generates rich, harmonic tones so that you can craft a sound to suit your personality.
Stop by Music Authority and play one today!
It's My Pirate Ship!
March 22, 2019 - 7pm @ Cornerstone Schools
Join the crew of the pirate ship, The Adventure, as she sails the high seas! The crew is like family, until First Mate Jake decides he must leave the ship on a quest to find Molly, the girl of his dreams. Join Music Authority instructors and students on a pirate adventure filled with music, humor, and love.
Tickets $15 in advance at Music Authority. Cash or check only.
The original Music Authority showcase band, Rise, will forever have a place in Music Authority's history. At one spectacular Rock Camp, both Rise and Eclipse got together for a special performance. June 2015.