Izzy and Sam Oliver are long time students here at CMA- they started in 2011! Their hard work is paying off. Check out their cover of "Black Bird" by The Beatles. The siblings' teacher, Aaron Otheim, filmed the video for us.
With so many great school jazz programs in the Seattle and Wallingford area, we often have families who come to CMA looking to start jazz lessons for their child. Or they are at least curious about whether they should start their child in jazz lessons or do more traditional music lessons.
Over the years, Creative Music Adventures in Wallingford has become known for our group piano lessons. This took us several years to accomplish for many reasons.
Last week I covered the basics on what instrument to choose for beginning students between the ages of 4 and 7 years old. This week I'll introduce some things to think about before starting a child on music lessons who is 8 years of age or older.
There is a hugely popular and very fun culture of school band programs here in Seattle. From as early as 4th grade until graduation, students can play in a variety of different ensembles. From Choirs, to Jazz Bands, to orchestras, there are many options. But to really make the most of a musical education, the private lesson is an indispensable element. It allows a student’s understanding and command of creativity, work ethic and self-expression flourish. Consider the following:
Parents often feel at a loss when it comes to choosing the "right" instrument for their child. The good news is that there often isn't a right instrument - especially if musical concepts (not repertoire) are the emphasis in early lessons. Once students start on something, they usually will start to gravitate towards a specific instrument or style over time. They can easily transfer the understanding of concepts gained from their first instrument to other instruments.
Families can maximize their music learning experience by understanding the difference between music practice and a music lesson. Music lessons are a little bit different than other activities we do. For example, we go to soccer practice or dance rehearsal.