Music Authority Family Newsletter - February 26, 2019
Recitals, Elizabeth Sherlock, the Yamaha Pacifica, Spring Break Camp, and the benefits of older adults taking music lessons.
Are Recitals Really Important?
This week's article is a continuation of last week. We're taking a look at the actions you can take, as a parent, that help keep your child engaged in lessons.
Imagine joining a baseball team. You go to the registration day, sign up your child, get all the necessary equipment, and start going to practice. Your child goes to practice for months; they learn how to throw, to bat, and to catch. But they never play a game. How long will it be before baseball gets boring?
Taking lessons without performance is a lot like that. Playing by yourself in your room can only keep a student interested for so long.
Will your student say they're nervous? Probably. Will they say they don't want to do it? Maybe. Should you encourage them and find a way around the nerves? Absolutely.
Students who perform early in their lessons career will do better. They're less likely to say "no" the sooner they sign up for a recital. The most successful teacher I know assigns his students their first recital at their very first lesson.
At Music Authority, we find that students who participate in recitals stay in lessons an average of 2-3 years. That's 2-3 years of developing better math skills, engaging the brain at a deeper level, of learning to think outside of the box. Students who don't participate in performance? They generally drop out in 6-8 months if they're in books; 90 days if they don't have books to learn from.
Are recitals really important? Yes. A recital can make the difference between a successful experience in music and a short experience.
Elizabeth Sherlock has tried almost any lesson Music Authority has to offer. Once a piano student of Melissa Loggins, she has studied flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and violin. What she's the most well known for, however, is playing bass. Here are Elizabeth's thoughts on her experience at Music Authority.
"Music lessons have transformed my life. Music has shaped me into a different and better person. I have made lifelong friends, and I believe music brings people together. I factor in musical programs at the colleges I look at.
In college, I will be studying nursing, because I want to help people. I am currently deciding between UNG and KSU. They both have fantastic nursing and music programs."
The Yamaha Pacifica is a stellar entry level guitar for the student just wanting to start out on electric. Made with fine craftsmanship, the strat style guitar comes in a variety of colors. If your student is looking for an electric guitar, come by and check one out!
Stop by Music Authority and play one today!
Spring Break Camp!
Sign up for Music Authority's Spring Break camp - singing, dancing, costumes, sets and more fun celebrating the music of the movies.