Kathi’s number one practice tip? Stumble over your guitar!

Make sure you place your instrument in a place that you pass by and see often for ease of practicing and to keep it fresh in your mind to remind you to practice. Since I mentioned above that practicing short segments often is the best way to learn, this is a perfect way for the student to play for a few minutes every time he or she walks by the instrument. These short practices can add up to a lot by the end of the day and week. It’s also important to have the instrument in an area that the student CAN practice often, not where everyone watches TV or other family activities, for example, where the student may not be able to practice often. On the other hand, you do want the instrument in a place that others can hear the student to offer feedback and encouragement. Also try and make the surroundings as light and fun as possible, not in a dark room or basement where the student may be discouraged from practicing often.


Nathan knows music and recording software

NathanBNathan’s passion for music began at an early age, singing along with every song he heard on the radio. He began his first formal musical training in the fourth grade, singing with his elementary school chorus and taking private piano lessons. He quickly excelled, being chosen often to perform as soloist. During middle school, Nathan began playing the saxophone, and he added flute and classical percussion in high school. After graduating high school, he studied music for 2 years at Kennesaw State University under some of Atlanta’s top music professionals, including members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. While at the university, Nathan performed with the wind ensemble and jazz bands, playing keyboards, woodwinds and vocals. After the 2 years at Kennesaw, Nathan transferred to Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Music Performance, followed by his Masters in Classical Music Composition. Nathan also earned a PhD in Musicology from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2011. While at Canterbury, he performed in the Baroque Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and chamber groups, as well as accompanying other musicians on piano. He’s currently a freelance musician in Atlanta, performing on studio recordings, motion picture sound tracks, and with orchestras in the Atlanta, Greenville, Savannah, and Chattanooga areas. Nathan has been teaching since 2004 and offers a wide variety of styles, including classical, jazz, and all contemporary styles. He teaches all levels of music from beginner to advanced and has served as a private instructor, facilitator, and professor at some of Atlanta’s prestigious private schools and universities.  Along with being an instructor and performer, Nathan is also a songwriter, recording artist and arranger, and is familiar with Finale, Sound Forge, and Audacity music software programs.

Take bass lessons from Dwight in Hickory NC

Dwight graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education in 1980. He was recipient of the Alyse Smith Reynolds Performing Scholarship for 3 years. Dwight began playing guitar at age 5 and studied for 2 years with a local instructor as a child. He attended the UNC School of the Arts Summer program in classical guitar at age 7 and again at age 11. He switched to bass at the age of 14, playing in the high school jazz band. After college, Dwight spent 10 years touring and working with notable musicians in jazz and rock bands. Dwight has been teaching since 1980, and he offers rock, country, bluegrass, pop, jazz, classical, world music, among other styles. DwightM

Berklee Grad Khris teaches guitar via skype

Khris began his career in music at the age of fourteen. Khris’ love for music quickly developed into relentless tenacity as he pursued his passion throughout the high school jazz band, playing for his church, onto his local junior college’s music department, and finally—more than 3,000 miles from home and 10-years later—a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston. Before graduating from Berklee, he attended the Los Medanos College with a music major for 3 years. As required courses at Berklee developed his ability to write and compose, he was given the tools and skill necessary to release his own unique sound to the world. Khris has been performing since 1998 in many venues, from jazz bands in high school and throughout college, to many gospel bands at churches. He recently played in a rock cover band in Boston, and a jazz/rock instrumental band. Khris’ styles include jazz, rock, funk, gospel, blues, country, and metal.

Meet Phebe our wonderful piano/voice instructor in Minneapolis

Phebe Phebe graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and Conducting. She is currently attending University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN to receive her Masters in Music Education: Piano Pedagogy. Phebe is originally from Singapore, and began playing piano at the age of three and found she really loved playing. She played for the National Youth Festival in Singapore and has also performed with choirs internationally. She recently accompanied the North Central University Chorale in a performance at Carnegie Hall. Phebe has been teaching since 2003 and is very passionate about teaching. Her goal is to see her students succeed in their life endeavors. She offers piano and voice and her styles include classical, contemporary (Church music), gospel, and jazz.Personality rating: OutgoingPhebe has been teaching with Melody Music Studios since:  4/5/2011 Want to start lessons with this instructor? Click here Age: 20’s. Lessons offered: in personal studio. Click link for google map: University near downtown St Paul near Cretin St and Marshall Ave Studio description: Professional studio at university
Small group available
Equipment: Steinway pianos    Click for student reviewsThis instuctor teaches these instrument(s):


Schedule:Times listed are available for lessons, last lesson ending by the ending times.

Mon 10AM-9PM
Tue 10AM-9PM

Meet our instructor Carolyn in Santa Clarita, CA

MMS CarolynCarolyn is an award-winning songwriter, composer and music educator. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in Valancia, CA with a degree in composition (2001), she studied Jazz Composition at New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. With additional undergraduate studies at the University of CT in Classical and Jazz piano performance (1996), she worked as music director, score arranger and accompanist at the CT Conservatory of the Performing Arts at that time.

Currently, Carolyn is the Music Coordinator and facilitator at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School and maintains a private teaching studio as well. She is also studying for a diploma in Sound Healing from the Acusound International School of Holistic Therapies and continues ongoing research and development of original music products for music and arts education.

Awards and honors include the Moondance International Film Festival “Spirit of Moondance” Award (2010) and “Honorable Mention” awards in the Unisong International Song Competition (2006) and International Narrative Song Contest (2005). A recipient of many scholarships while in college, Carolyn also won the silver medal at the International Recording Competition for classical piano in 1988 at age 11.

10 Tips to Keep the Sizzle in Summer Music Lessons

The sun is shining the birds are chirping and your child with the musical muse is just not feeling like devoting any time to lessons today. The lazy days of summer don’t have to mean a lackadaisical attitude about practicing music. Here are MMS’s top ten tips to keep your young musician’s practice routine sizzling during the summer!

1. Keep your child’s instrument handy. A closed guitar case tucked under a bed is not very motivating. Keep the instrument out, tuned and ready to play.

2. Realize summer means lots of kids in your home. Organize a concert for the neighborhood. Little ones can make signs and big kids can create programs. Making the “concert” a week-long project will most certainly motivate your young musician to rehearse.

3. Summer vacations often mean time at cabins, condos or even camping. If it’s not possible to take your main instrument, consider purchasing inexpensive flutes, percussion instruments or penny whistles. Anything to keep the practice of music and rhythm a daily occurence is great.

4. Create a point system with rewards for your child. Practicing for 5 minutes is equal to 10 points. When a child reaches 100 points (50 minutes of practice) allow them to choose a small reward for their effort.

5. Call day cares and nursing homes in your area and inquire about your child performing during the summer. Your young musician can get valuable performance experience and enrich the lives of others.

6. There are always special events during the summer. Backyard BBQs,  ice cream socials, parties and pool events. These events are always looking for volunteer entertainment. Your young rocker can gain valuable stage experience!

7. Practice in pairs. Before the end of regular school year lessons for your musician, ask their instructor about other students who play the same instrument and are at or close to your child’s skill level. Contact parents and organize practice play dates.

8. Encourage your future musician to form a garage band. Noise may be an issue but if “band practice” is scheduled for only an hour a few times a week, the neighbors shouldn’t complain. Encourage your child and his band mates to learn about the music business, booking, promoting, etc. Even small kids can learn the business behind making music by creating posters, tickets and brochures for upcoming  “shows”.

9. Make practice fun by encouraging a “dress rehearsal”. Drag out some fancy duds, sparkly shoes and crazy hats. Build a makeshift “stage” from cardboard and add accessories likes amps and speakers made of boxes. It’s a fun way to explore the backstage world of production.

10. REMEMBER IT IS SUMMER and that means a break in the usual routines of school and lessons. Be flexible with kids’ practice schedules but think of ways to incorporate practicing lessons into summer fun. Keep music ever-present in your daily routines and your kids will maintain their practice chops right into fall!

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