The Practice Monster

I am inviting private students, along with Moonbeams students, to attend a workshop entitled Calming the Practice Monster. And although it sounds silly, the practice monster is real. He is the anxiety you face when you have a new song to work on. He is the nerves you encounter before a performance, or an exam. He’s the resentment toward me, or your mom or dad. He’s getting in the way of one more game on the Wii, or just a little longer (please mom?!) of talking/texting to your friends. He’s ugly. And we need to address his presence. Paul Coates …

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More Proof that you’re Doing the Right Thing

I know you are enjoying the Music classes, and obviously benefiting from them on so many level, but just in case you want more proof, here it is. I came across this month long study that compared Music 5 days a week to Visual Arts 5 days a week in 4-6 year olds. http://www.psmag.com/education/music-training-enhances-childrens-verbal-intelligence-36701/ Music Training Enhances Children’s Verbal Intelligence Canadian researchers report the verbal intelligence of 4- to 6-year-olds rises after only one month of musical training. The verbal intelligence of 4- to 6-year-olds rises after only one month of musical training. (Digital Vision) October 4, 2011 • By …

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