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April 2016

Why Are Recitals Important?

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:14+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Music Blog|

As a follow up to my post about the art of appreciating music, I wanted to post why recitals are important for our students.  This information can also be found on our recital/performance wall at the studio. Recitals are important because students need goals.  Students thrive when they are working towards a tangible goal.  Preparing [...]

Why Study Music?

By | 2016-04-07T15:36:10+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Music Blog, Music Teachers|

A few years ago, an acquaintance approached me asking about voice lessons for his daughter.  "She already sings pretty well," he reasoned.  "And if it's not something she's going to do professionally anyway, why does she need lessons? Is it worth it?"  It's an understandable question, and one commonly asked by parents.  Music lessons can [...]

March 2016

The Art of Appreciating Music

By | 2016-03-02T15:38:30+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Music Blog|

Recently, a small group of Bella Musica students performed an informal recital for the residents of Sycamore Glen Retirement Community.  The event started like most of our other events, students arriving early to get set up and nerves running at a healthily elevated level, but as the performance went on I was struck by how [...]

January 2016

Adjudicated Music Events: Pros and Cons

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:14+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Music Blog|

With band season behind us, and the solo adjudicated event season upon us, now seems like a good time to weigh the good with the bad of these events. Pro: Being judged on one or more prepared piece by a professional other than the student's regular teacher, can provide valuable insight into areas he/she needs [...]

July 2015

Tips & Tricks for Memorization

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:14+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Music Blog|

It's almost time for band camp... ...how dusty is your instrument? Now that it's July, rehearsals for marching band are probably starting in a week or two. And looming in the not-so-far distance is band camp. Sweat, bugs, sunburn... and hours of music rehearsal. Yeah, music - remember that pile of half-sized mayhem you're supposed [...]

June 2015

Uke players gonna play, play, play, play, play!

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:15+00:00 June 28th, 2015|Music Blog|

How Long Did That Really Take? Tuesday night: 6:32PM. Text message sent to guitar teacher Garry Ball: "Sarah wants a uke/guitar video for Facebook tomorrow. Still working out ideas - no pressure, obviously, but if you can come up with anything let me know" 6:33PM. Text message received from Garry: "Sounds good! OK!!" [...]

March 2015

Being a Good Music Student

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:23+00:00 March 15th, 2015|Music Blog|

Being a Good Music Student At this time of year many students and their families find themselves in the process / ordeal of standardized tests. There is PARCC, OAA, ACT, SAT; the list goes on and on. Whatever your view on these tests, there is one attribute that we hope shines through for students regardless [...]

Festival Results Are In!

By | 2015-04-23T23:27:15+00:00 March 9th, 2015|Music Blog|

The Bella Musica Junior Music Club sent 16 students to the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival Competition on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  We are so proud of their results: 14 Unanimous Superiors, 1 Superior, and 1 Excellent.  Great job to the following students - you're all well on your way to your gold cup! [...]

November 2014

Private Music Lessons? My Kid Takes Music At School!

By | 2014-11-20T17:21:28+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Music Blog|

"Why should I enroll my student in private music lessons if they're already in band/choir/orchestra?" In the simplest terms, think of the numbers. Even if your child is in a smaller program, let’s say 30 students, and the class meets for 45 minutes, there is still only one director. Maybe two. So in any given [...]

June 2014

Baum Opera House – New Home for Rectials

By | 2016-02-15T18:53:45+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|Music Blog, Press Releases|

The Baum Opera House is now the concert and recital home for Bella Musica Lesson Studio.  Bella Musica students and staff will present approximately four concerts per year in the Baum Opera House's Randsell Ballroom. Bella Musica and Hohman Piano Services are pleased to announce their joint donation of a 1932 Petite Grand Wurlitzer Piano [...]

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