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Spring Recital Success!

We’re so proud of all the kids who performed in one of our 3 Spring Recitals this year.

Recitals are so special because not only do kids get to perform and show off their music, but they grow their confidence.  One parent said to us, “Wow, it is amazing how much they grow musically, but I have seen their confidence increase as the year’s pass, too.”  

With each recital, they grow into confident music-makers and kids.  These lessons and skills translate into so many other areas of life (school presentations, job interviews, and more!).

It’s beautiful to see all these kids grow! Congrats to them all!

  

Watch Our Spring Recitals LIVE!

What is coming up at Highland Music Studio?! One of the biggest events of the year!

On Sunday, May 5th, we will have 3 separate Spring Recitals at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm with different performers in each.  Tune in via our Facebook Page to watch our recitals LIVE.

www.facebook.com/highlandmusicstudio

We can’t wait to share how awesome our students are doing.  We are so proud of them already!

An App We Love: Flashnote Derby

Before iPads, we had to use flashcards in music lessons to help with note memorization.  Nowadays, we have so many awesome apps that help people memorize their notes in a fun way.  One of our favorite apps for note memorization is Flashnote Derby.
What is Flashnote Derby?!

Flashnote Derby is a fun way for kids to learn their notes on the staff.  Students select exactly which notes they want to work on and then they’re off to the races!  Each race is a timed test in which a student identifies the notes in order to push their horse closer to the finish line.  We love flashnote derby because it’s exciting & we can pinpoint exactly which notes the student will work on in the game.

Click here to learn more about Flashnote Derby.

Why Summer Music Camps are Valuable for Children

Of course, kids LOVE to have fun over the summer.  Summertime is when they want to relax, play outside, and perhaps enjoy a lemonade by the pool.  Kids love summer because they’re free! But how can we take these free months and make them powerful for our children?  With all that freedom, kids can really gain so much value out of the summer months. We want kids to have fun, but what if they could have fun AND gain skills that would last a lifetime?! Our Summer Music Camps are geared for kids to gain TONS of knowledge and skills that will carry with them forever… and for them to have a BLAST while doing it!

Here’s why Summer Music Camps are so Valuable for Children:

  • Kids can discover their interests in a short amount of time.

Not sure if your child is interested in music? By attending a Summer Music Camp, they can discover in a short amount of time if they want to keep doing music lessons afterwards.  Even if music doesn’t end up being their “thing,” we will be making the camps so much fun, they will be sure to smile at the end of the day every day.

  • It’s a place to make new friends.

One thing we love about Summer Music Camps is that kids become great friends by the end of camp!  Camps are a great place to meet new people who may go to different schools. When we learn and experience things together, it bonds us.  Music is powerful in that it brings people together. We love watching people become friends through our studio.

  • They can deep dive into new skills.

Summer is a special time because it’s truly the ONLY time kids can deeply focus on 1 thing at a time.  By attending a Summer Music Camp, kids can pick something and deep dive into it. From our Beginner Piano Camp to our Ukulele Camp… kids can learn tons of songs on a new instrument in only 1 WEEK!

  • Kids gain confidence from their success.

On the last day of camp, kids will showcase all their new skills to friends and family.  These experiences bring kids confidence that they can do SO MUCH, even in just 1 week. We love to see their smiles and high fives at the end of camp.

Click here to learn more about our Summer Music Camps.

An App We Love: “Blob Chorus”

Blob Chorus Ear Training is an all time favorite among our students in music lessons.  Why?! This fun and interactive app is a hilarious way to get some good ear training in.  This game is used in thousands of schools to improve pitch and a musical ear for notes.

In the game, there is a “King Blob” and a “chorus” of green blobs.  Students hear the green blobs first and then the King blob sings last.  Students must pick the green blob that sounds just like the King blob.  If students miss, the blob explodes (and often erupts the student into laughter).  There are many ways to increase the difficulty in this game.

This game is an easy one to do at home.  It is recommended for students of all ages in all types of music lessons.

Blob Chorus Ear Training is available in the iTunes App Store.

When You First Met…

You’re 7 years old. You have run past the piano at your grandparent’s house a million times. This time was different. Your grandmother sat next to you on the bench and taught you to play “Ode to Joy” by ear. To this day, when you hear “Ode to Joy”, it stirs your heart and your mind takes you back to her house, that bench and the feel of the cool keys under your fingers.

You’re 12. You’re running your hands across the album titles on the bookshelf in the den: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and James Taylor are a few names that catch your eye. Even in your pre-teen angst, you decide guitarists are cool and you fantasize about what instrument you would play if you were in a band.

You’re 18. Lady Gaga is all the rage. She sings, she plays piano and she’s a master at performance. Singer/songwriters like Alicia Keys, Ben Folds and others are writing and singing songs that parallel some of your life experiences. You belt out all their tunes at stoplights and in the shower. You smile as you sound pretty good…maybe. No time or resources to find out as the “real world” is calling. Someday, you think, someday.

You’re 25, 30, 35. You make your own money now. You may still remember how to play “Ode to Joy” on the piano; you just need to sit down at one again. You’ve also decided you want to be the guitarist AND the vocalist in the band.

At Highland Music, we honor the musical roots of your youth and welcome the opportunity to meet you where you are on your journey as an adult.

Our Favorite Articles on the Benefits of Music Lessons

It’s no question that learning music is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself or your child.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite articles that show us just how great music is for us… (thank you, science!) Click on the article to read more. 

  1. The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity
  2. Music and The Brain
  3. This is How Music Can Change Your Brain
  4. Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits
  5. Your Aging Brain WIll Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons

There is neverending research on the benefits of music lessons.  As a bonus, music lessons sure are fun, too!

2019 Summer Camps Just Announced!

Surfs up!  We cannot wait for Summer 2019 at Highland Music Studio.

What Summer Camps do we have this year at Highland Music Studio?!

  • Beginner Piano Camp (for rising 1st-6th)
    • This camp is the perfect place to decide if piano lessons are “right” for them.  Not sure if you want piano lessons for your child? Come to this camp to try it out!
    • Learn the equivalent of TEN piano lessons within just 1 WEEK!
    • Kids will be playing songs on their own by the first DAY and will have TONS of songs under their belt by the end of the week.
    • We will be playing fun and interactive games to help students master their skills and musical knowledge.
    • The final showcase will demonstrate students performing their favorite songs that they learned at camp.
  • Ukulele Camp (for rising 3rd-6th)
    • Ukulele is the perfect instrument for first-timers in music lessons and is also great as a secondary instrument, too! — it’s simple, easy to carry, and kids can start playing their favorite songs FAST.
    • With tuition includes your child’s very own ukulele they can keep and enjoy forever.  Bonus: they can also pick their favorite color!
    • By the end of the week, kids will be jamming to their favorite songs, reading chord charts like a pro, and will have written their own songs on the ukulele, too.
    • The final showcase will demonstrate a group performance of their favorite ukulele tunes and show off how much they learned in only 1 week!
  • Piano Camp (for rising 1st-6th)
    • Kids can choose their favorite songs to work on during the week, write their own songs, and play super fun musical games that we normally don’t have time for in regular piano lessons.
    • Learn the equivalent of TEN piano lessons within just 1 WEEK!
    • Explore different aspects of music that we often can’t cover in regular lessons, ie: music history, chord progressions, and more.
    • The final showcase will demonstrate students performing their favorite songs that they learned throughout the week.

Which will you choose?! We can’t wait to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SUMMER CAMPS FOR 2019

Why Ukulele Lessons are Perfect for Young Children

Beginning in 2019, Highland Music Studio is proud to offer Ukulele Lessons.  We believe ukulele is one of the perfect instrument to start off a young child in music lessons.

What is so great about Ukulele Lessons for young children?!

1. Ukulele is a small and affordable instrument.  Scared buying an instrument will break the bank? Since the ukulele is such a small instrument, you can find them at very affordable prices.  We know many parents are afraid to invest in an expensive new instrument while they aren’t sure if their child even will enjoy playing music.  Ukulele is a great place to start because it can be so affordable.

2. Ukulele is perfect for small hands.  Many kids are interested in learning the guitar, but aren’t quite old enough yet (we need them to be old enough to hold the guitar properly!).  If a child is under 6 years old, ukulele can be a great option for an instrument to learn prior to beginning guitar lessons.

3. Ukulele is simple and satisfying.  Learning the ukulele is less complex than learning guitar or piano.  It can be a great instrument for young learners because they can more quickly begin to play the songs they love.

Why Recitals Benefit Children Beyond Music

We just wrapped up our Winter Recitals 2018, where we had many children who performed playing the piano, guitar or singing.  We are so proud of their performances!

At Highland Music Studio, we have 2-3 BIG recitals each year because we believe recitals benefit children in so many ways beyond just becoming a wonderful performer.

How do recitals benefit children?

1. Kids overcome stage fright and gain confidence.  Performing music regularly makes being on stage more comfortable for children.  With each recital, kids gain more and more confidence.  This confidence can carry on with them for school presentations, job interviews, speeches, and more!

2. Kids learn how to prepare ahead.  We have our students begin preparing for the recital at LEAST 8 weeks in advance.  Why?  Kids often memorize their music and learn their music to their highest ability.  Learning their songs takes time.  This teaches kids how to work hard & prepare in advance — a lesson that is so valuable in life. 

3. Recitals are memories that last a lifetime & provide a big sense of accomplishment.  Kids and parents may not remember what every lesson was like growing up, but they will always remember their recitals — what they wore, what they played, where they went to eat afterward, who came to see them, etc.  The recital gives them a big feeling of accomplishment and will be something to remember forever.  All the hard work has paid off and so many friends and family are there to cheer them on.

We are so proud of all the kids that performed at our Winter Recitals this year.  We can’t wait for the Spring Recital!