Michael Stegner's blog

New Practice Tracks for Levels 1 - 4

I'm excited to announce that the practice tracks for my books are now available for purchase so students can use them with any device capable of playing mp3's.

Each song in the book has an accompanying slow, medium, fast and pro practice track. The pro version is just the background instruments without the main melody so students can practice playing with a band (without help from another melody player).

What Instrument Should My Child Play?

For many parents interested in starting their child in music lessons, choosing which instrument to play can be filled with uncertainty. It is a big investment of time, energy and money for the family. It also comes with a great responsibility since the lessons and instrument will affect their musical experiences as players and listeners for a long time.

How Much Should My Child Practice?

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…

Beginning Jazz Lessons

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.