Michael Stegner's blog
Adult lessons have always been an important part of our program. We teach or have taught beginners to advanced adult students from many different walks of life.
Here are a few things to consider if you are taking lessons or are considering taking lessons...
This is one of the most common questions we get from families at CMA.
Many families want their children to take music lessons in the Seattle area, but they aren't sure what instrument would be best for their child. Typically, young students start on piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons or ukele lessons. But there is no need to stress about this decision.
Here is a rundown of how we approach this...
Coming back to lessons after a break can be overwhelming. Students often feel like they have forgotten everything and are starting all over. That's not a fun place to be and patience is required from everyone while students get back into the groove.
Here are some thoughts on this...
As our Spring/Summer recital approaches, we wanted to make sure that everyone knew that it was not only okay but encouraged to bring friends and family to the event.
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).
Over the years we've been lucky enough to see some top-flight students come through CMA. Several of them started with us when they were really young and continued until they left for college.
Parents and adult students are concerned at times about missing out on lessons they're not going to be able to make. Folks can feel like they are losing out on the financial end of the spectrum or the educational side of things.
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.
Recitals and performances can have a lot of baggage attached to them.