Parents’ Guides to Student Success

As a parent we want our students to thrive and commit 100% to what they do. Our job is to support them in every way possible. Whether you are a new or returning Band Parent, this page will help you … Continued

Why Music ? Why Band ?

By: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser   Below is a chapter written for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series by Tim Lautzenheiser, published by GIA Publications. While it is directed (specifically) to the band idiom, the essence of the message … Continued

Why Your Teen Should Join Marching Band

By: Mir Kamin   I never had any illusions that my kids were going to be “cool” or “popular;” I’ve met their parents, and… yeah, the deck was stacked against them from the beginning. Plus I’m a firm believer in … Continued

A Parent’s Guide to Music Practicing

By:  Anthony Mazzocchi   This is a guest post by John Skelton.  He is the author of “Best Practicing: A Parent’s Guide to Beginning Strings”and the soon to be released “Take Note Method” for beginning strings. He has over fifteen years of experience … Continued

An Important Truth: Musical Talent is not Born – It is Learned

By:  Anthony Mazzocchi   This is a guest post by Dr. Anita Collins.  Anita is an award-winning Australian educator, academic and researcher in the area of music education, particularly in the impact of music education on cognitive development. Anita is a … Continued

Why Students Really Quit Their Musical Instrument (and How Parents Can Prevent It)

By:  Anthony Mazzocchi   Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument through their school’s music program (if a program exists).  One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that … Continued

Why Join a Music Booster Group? The Surprising Benefits

By: Kathleen Heuer   Congratulations ! Your child has decided to continue on as a music student. The program will be taking your child to the next level, and providing incredible opportunities. But with those opportunities come more responsibilities; not … Continued