Angels or Demons? Tell us about your practice dreams or nightmares!

We’re now offering a free lesson each month to the winner of our question or competition for both current and new students. October question: Tell us your experiences with the best and/or worst ways to practice.

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A practice routine for kids


MMS- Visalakshi (49)

The most difficult part of practicing is getting started. For a young beginner student (ages preschool-6 or 7), I do not recommend having them practice at all. I know this goes against the grain of normal thinking, but there are reasons why practicing at that age should not be expected of them. First, the young student does not have the discipline, retention, or enough information to practice, and by forcing the young student to practice, will only cause frustration and discouragement to both student and parents. What I recommend for parents is to ask their child to “play” what they’ve learned in their lesson, taking just a few minutes. As the young student continues to take consistent weekly lessons, he/she will begin to learn and develop a skill over time. The important thing is to keep the idea of music lessons to be a fun and positive thing. It’s also great to encourage their creativity at this age, by letting them explore on their instrument or voice.

Relocating? We can find a great music teacher in your area…

Relocating? Let us find a perfect music teacher for you in your new area!
“I’ve been taking classes with melody music for over 2 years now, and I have been very happy. When I relocated from Atlanta to Boston, I simply spoke to Kathi and she was able to suggest us a teacher that was able to teach my son in-home, and as good as his piano teacher in Atlanta.
The thing I love with Melody music studios is that the teachers are active professionals, who are willing to start lessons with little kids.”

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The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice (via Melody Music Studios)

The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice     Bassist John McBroom with Blue Mule



The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice For those of you that are taking lessons, imagine that your instructor is there with you when you practice and be critical of your playing the same as your instructor would, hearing his or her words in your head. I still hear my past instructors every time I practice, telling me things I know he would say if he were listening. I know that while you’re learning a pie … Read More

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Meet our new instructor Elizabeth

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music in Band Education from the Caine College of the Arts at the Utah State University in Logan, UT, graduating in 2014 Magna Cum Laude. She is currently working on her Masters in Music Performance for French horn at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Elizabeth began playing piano at the age of seven and continued all the way through college, and french horn in the sixth grade band. She began teaching at the age of 14 and found she loved to teach, and knew this would be profession. Elizabeth has been teaching professionally since 2007 for both private lessons and in the music department at middle schools, high schools, and preschools.


Meet our instructor Ryan!

Ryan graduated from the Los Angeles College of music in Pasadena, CA in 2003 with a degree in Guitar Performance. He began playing guitar at the age of 13, and at 14, he began studying privately. During this time he began playing in bands. After graduating in 2003, he began teaching privately and through schools, as well as guitar clinics. His past performances include clubs in Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl, and the National Mall in Washington DC in front of a crowd of 100,000. He continues to perform in the Nashville area with notable Contemporary Christian artists. Ryan offers pop, rock, R&B, funk, country, jazz, acoustic/fingerpicking, bluegrass, and Brazilian styles.


Meet our instructor Sean!

Sean studied privately with the high school band director for trombone for three years. By his senior year, he was awarded first chair, playing the most difficult parts of the band pieces. His vocal training started through his own study, than with the directors of the school choirs from middle school through high school. Sean began guitar lessons in 2009, and applied that training to the bass guitar. Since 2009, Sean has performed multiple concerts, and was the first bass player in his high school’s marching/pep band. He began teaching in 2010, and offers most styles.SeanB

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