Michael Stegner's blog

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.

Choosing the "Right" Instrument for Your Child's First Lessons

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.