CMA Blog

By: Mia Winant

"Perhaps we should simply change our ways instead of assuming things will get better with time for females in music…

There was a kid I met at jazz camp while in high school. He told me about a workshop he attended by a legendary jazz-trumpet player. At some point a woman stood up and asked a question about improvising. The clinician’s answer was simply, “Chicks can’t play jazz.”

By: Mia Winant

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.

By: Mia Winant
Aldon Baker is a CMA alumni who studied with our guitar teacher, Zach Stewart. Aldon graduated from Berklee College of Music, and is now producing scores for various films, games and commercials between Los Angeles and New York City. We got a chance to catch up with him, and talk a bit about college, his time at CMA, and current inspirations...
By: Michael Stegner
This is probably the most asked question directed at music teachers… 
 
How much should my child practice?
 
Over the years, we've experimented with different approaches to help confidently answer this question. We have observed the results very carefully, and have gradually tweaked the approaches with the results achieved by the students.
 
As things currently stand, the best answer to this "how much should my child practice" question is pretty simple…
 
By: Michael Stegner

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.

By: Michael Stegner

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.

By: Michael Stegner

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.

By: Ivan Arteaga

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:

By: Michael Stegner

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.
 

By: Mia Winant

We know that everyone's lives get busy. Doctor's appointments, school events, sports games, vacation, music lessons - it is unavoidable that some things will end up conflicting with one another, and we want to make sure you can make it into weekly lessons.

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