October Newsletter

Music Box New Westminster Music School Monthly Newsletter – October 2016
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Music Box Monthly

October 2016

It’s Mid October but we’re gearing towards December Performance time! If you’re a current student, now’s the time to sign up for your recital! If you’re not a current student, here is a short list of why I think it’s so important to get music students performing early & often:

1. Challenge Yourself. Preparing & polishing a recital piece takes a lot of work. Months of preparation normally go into the process of learning & perfecting & memorizing for the big day. Recital goals give bigger picture direction to weekly lessons and display important markers in learning.

2. Measure Progress. How is your child doing in lessons? It’s hard to say sometimes if they always practise at Grandma’s house, or on their keyboard with headphones and you’re not musical yourself. Seeing them on stage showcasing something they’ve taken extra care to prepare is a great representation of where they are in their musical journey.

3. Be Encouraged. Students watching other students on stage is a learning experience like no other. Seeing peers succeed and perform brilliantly motivates like no teacher or parent can. As well, seeing peers sometimes make mistakes but recover with grace can even a benefit, it reassures that no one is flawless and how we handle ourselves when we do slip is important.

4. Have Fun! Our recitals are EVENTS. Families regularly tell us that our recitals are a highlight and they really look forward to them every year. Students say they are excited to play, see their friends and get dressed up. Stage fright is thankfully rare when you regularly get up on stage to perform infront of others from a young age. There is so much pleasure as a teacher & parent & performer being up on stage, comfortable & having fun, what a memorable day to share with family & friends!

Let us know if you’re interested in playing (must be a CURRENT student to perform). Best preperation sees best results! 

Have a great weekend,

Vashti Fairbairn
Director

MUSIC KIDS DAYCARE
ARE WE THE RIGHT DAYCARE FOR YOU?

Music Kids Daycare is a new Flexible Part Time Daycare offering quality Educational Child Care in New Westminster – as you need it! Music Kids is well organized, offers the lowest ratios, easy booking, highly qualified teachers, amazing curriculum of Reggio Emilia and Music Education to activate all sides of children’s brains, a home away from home

We are accepting children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old for a *Maximum of 40 hours a month. Please read more about this new excellent program HERE.

CHRISTMAS BREAK IS COMING!
IS YOUR DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL CLOSED?!?
WE ARE OPEN!! :)

Take the First Step to securing your space:

Schedule a private parent tour today, request further information or registration forms here: http://www.musicboxnw.ca/request-info/

Many music students take Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations. Along with being great goals to work towards and progress markers, beginning at RCM Level 6 you can receive High School Credit! 
More informationhttps://examinations.rcmusic.ca/accreditation
Ask your teacher for further information and to see if this path may be right for you.

Holidays: 

Reminder:
Remembrance Day  – Friday, November 11th

River Market: CLOSED (No Daycare, No Mini Music)
Carnarvon: Private Lessons: OPEN, LESSONS AS NORMAL

Please welcome the 26 new & returning students
who enrolled for private music lessons at MusicBox this September!

Madaleine
Joshua V
Joshua W
Sissa
Jacob
Eric
Rory
Naya
William
Lyn
Lucilla
Kiara
Brendan
Miranda
Alisha
Gaby
Briana
Duncan
Vance
Paris
Will
Alex
George
Lara
Julianne
Claire

Now Offering Sunday Lessons!

We are now the only music school in New Westminster that is open 7 days a week!

Take your lessons on a Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Email us for a list of available times for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Clarinet, Song Writing, Saxophone, Flute!

Teacher of the Month 

Our teacher of the month for October is Debbie Mun! Miss Debbie teaches Piano for children & adults.Background: 
Studied at 
University of North Texas (Bachelor of Music with Honours in Piano Performance) 
Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Artist Diploma in Piano Performance) 
Cleveland Institute of Music (Master of Music Candidate in Piano Performance)
Souther Methodist University (Master of Sacred Music)

Favourite food:
Fish & Chips
Barbecue
Anything fried and spicy!

Favourite thing to do in the fall:
Love going on a road trip
Walking on a trail

Fun fact about me: 
I find bathroom cleaning very remedying.

Teaching style/philosophy: 
One of my strength as a music teacher is motivating and inspiring students to become the best musicians they can be. My approach to every student is individual, designed to bring out expressive musicality through mastering instrumental technique.

Debbie Mun has only a handful of spots left on Saturdays, Fridays & Tuesdays. We advise contacting us now for this great teacher! 

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above R: Teacher Christina (SOLD OUT Wednesday, Limited Thursday openings!)

Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office manager Josee and she can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet there are still limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for September send an e-mail to info@musicboxnw.ca 

Ian James Montgomery • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursdays: Two Spots Left
Torben Brown • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele •  Wednesdays: Two Spots Left
Steve Marshall • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele/Voice • Saturdays: Two Spots Left
Daniel Cheung • Guitar/Ukulele • Mondays: Two Spots Left  • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT  • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Debbie Mun • Piano •  Tuesdays: Two Spots Left  • Fridays: Two Spots Left  • Saturdays: Two Spots Left
Nicole Dale • Voice/Piano • Monday: ONE SPOT LEFT
Breanne Shaw • Flute • Friday: Three Spots Left
Stefani Yap • Piano • Wednesday: SOLD OUT • Thursday: SOLD OUT • Friday: Two Spots Left
Jordana Delgado • Piano/Cello • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Canita Mai • Voice/Piano • Thursday: Two Spots Left • Saturdays: SOLD OUT
Christina Madarasaz • Voice/Piano • Wednesday: SOLD OUT • Thursdays: Two Spots Left
Adam Van Loo • Clarinet/Flute/Saxophone/Guitar • Sunday: 3 Spots Left
Taylor Anne Reid • Voice • Sunday: 3 Spots Left
Joyce Everson Turnpenny • Voice • Monday: 3 Spots Left
Ju Dee Ang • Violin • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Wednesdays: Two Spots Left
Anne Wong • Piano • Saturdays: SOLD OUT
Claire Rice • Voice • Tuesdays: Two Spots Left
Jenny Xu • Piano • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT  • Sundays: Two Spots Left

Please contact the office for details regarding available lesson times

DID YOU KNOW?

We have wonderful room rentals available at our River Market location! Contact us today to Book your Birthday Party, Rehearsal or Event!

Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a prize. This month’s prize is a $25.00 gift certificate for any Music Box service or product.
This month’s winner is Eric Cho!
Congrats & please contact the office to claim your prize.

EARN FREE LESSONS!

Current Private Lesson Students who refer others who successful enrol for lessons with us get = 1 free MONTH of lessons! Thank you to everyone this Summer who referred their friends. Our success is your success! 
*Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for 1 free private lesson registration fee. Please contact the office for details.* 

Did you enjoy this June’s Picture Day?

Want to get your child’s picture taken for free by a professional photographer?

The next Picture day is coming in December and is open to all current Music Box Music Academy students! *Must be a CURRENT student to participate.

It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

604-553-1176
Or e-mail info@musicboxnw.ca

New Westminster’s Largest Private Music School

Winner of more awards than any
other music school in New Westminster!

2 Locations to Serve You in Downtown New Westminster:

630 Carnarvon street, New Westminster, BC
(Near the intersection of 6th and Carnarvon, just down from the Brick & Motar shop)

211-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC
(1 block from the Skytrain, at the New Westminster Quay, 2nd floor of the River Market)

Offering quality guitar, voice, ukulele, drums, violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano lessons in New Westminster.

September Newsletter

Music Box New Westminster Music School Monthly Newsletter – September 2016
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Music Box Monthly

September 2016

Thank YOU New Westminster For Voting Us “Best Place for Music Lessons” in the Royal City Record!
We’d like to thank our students, their parents, our staff and our friends.

We’ve grown a lot this summer enrolment wise, and have lots of great things in store to make 2016-2017 amazing for our clients.

So thank you again for voting and if you haven’t signed up for lessons, request more info now online at http://www.musicboxnw.ca/request-info/

And don’t forget! :

  • Stop by Music Kids Daycare at the River Market! Did you know we opened a NEW Flexible Part Time Daycare? Create the schedule you need for your 18m-5 year old. 100% flexibility for today’s busy families. Our next Open Houses are: Sat Sept 17 10am-12pm & Sat Sept 24 3-5pm We’d love to show you around!
  • Stop by our Carnarvon Street location and schedule your private lessons! We are excited to now be open 7 days a week beginning this Sunday!
  • Music Together begins September 24th! Register HERE. 
Have a great weekend,

Vashti Fairbairn
Director

ARE WE THE RIGHT DAYCARE FOR YOU?

Music Kids Daycare is a new Flexible Part Time Daycare offering quality Educational Child Care in New Westminster – as you need it! Music Kids is well organized, offers the lowest ratios, easy booking, highly qualified teachers, amazing curriculum of Reggio Emilia and the best Music Education to activate all sides of children’s brains, a home away from home

We are accepting children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old for a *Maximum of 40 hours a month. Please read more about this new excellent program HERE.

Take the First Step to securing your space:

Schedule a private parent tour today! http://www.musicboxnw.ca/request-info/

ARE WE THE RIGHT DAYCARE FOR YOU?

Music Kids Daycare is a new Flexible Part Time Daycare offering quality Educational Child Care in New Westminster – as you need it! Music Kids is well organized, offers the lowest ratios, easy booking, highly qualified teachers, amazing curriculum of Reggio Emilia and the best Music Education to activate all sides of children’s brains, a home away from home

We are accepting children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old for a *Maximum of 40 hours a month. Please read more about this new excellent program HERE.

Take the First Step to securing your space:

Schedule a private parent tour today! http://www.musicboxnw.ca/request-info/

Celebrating Student Achievement!

Many music students take Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations. Along with being great goals to work towards and progress markers, beginning at RCM Level 6 you can receive High School Credit! More information: https://examinations.rcmusic.ca/accreditation
Most Improved Student of the Year 2016 – Sissa Post & Henry Bloor
Student of the Year 2016 – Tiana Fong & Anthoney Downey
Junior Piano Student of the Year 2016 – Momoka Arakawa
Intermediate Piano Student of the Year 2016 – Daniel Gu
Senior Piano Student of the Year 2016 – Paul Gullett
Junior Flute Student of the Year 2016 – Levi Tuura
Senior Flute Student of the Year 2016 – Christine Thomas
Junior Voice Student of the Year 2016 – Kyle Inamac
Senior Voice Student of the Year 2016 – Isabelle Trainor
Drum Student of the Year 2016 – Aston Fu
Ukulele Student of the year 2016 – Avalina Manghi
Guitar Student of the Year 2016 – Tom Shi & Edward Musete
Ilana Gastaldo – Grade 3 Voice – First Class Honours
Jacob Lind – Grade 1 Piano – First Class Honours
Hannah Secillano – Grade 4 Piano – Honours
Daniel Gu – Prep B Piano – First Class Honours with Distinction
Tiana Fong – Prep B Piano – First Class Honours
Maya Paul – Prep B Piano – First Class Honours
Reese Magnayon – Grade 2 Piano – First Class Honours

Sign up for our Fall Class now! Regular Music Together Classes will begin FALL, SATURDAYS, 10am-10:45am or 11am-11:45am, September 24-November 26th. newborn-5yrs. $160, $100 siblings https://form.jotform.com/30457943605255
Holidays: 

Reminder:
Thanksgiving  – Monday, October 10th

Both studios at 630 Carnarvon Street & the River Market are closed for this holiday.

Please welcome the 27 new students
who enrolled for private music lessons at MusicBox this July-August!

Kristina
Zed
Joy P
Abigail
Christina
Cynthia
Jayden
Mirelle
Lucas
Brandon
Jaden
Diba
Gizelle
Addy
Xavi
Alex L
Atria
Trey
Tina
Shona
Benjamin
Pratistha
Pranav
Rosie
Rayaan
Naya
Charlotte S

Now Offering Sunday Lessons!

We are now the only music school in New Westminster that is open 7 days a week!

Take your lessons on a Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Email us for a list of available times & instruments

Teacher of the Month 

Our teacher of the month for September is Miss Joyce Everson Turnpenny, or Miss T for short! Miss T teaches Voice for children & adults.Background: 
My music background is very extensive, starting at 6 years old and onward, Recordings (signed to the Warner Brothers’ label), TV (featured artist on Saturday Night Live & The Mew Griffin Show), writing songs, doing commercials, playing guitar, and singing singing singing!

Favourite food:
My favourite food is blueberries.

Favourite thing to do in the fall:
Painting on large canvas’ with Acrylic paints, writing poetry and children’s stories.
Playing with my 4 year old Grandchild is one of my dearest activities :)

Fun fact about me: 
A fun fact about me is I am very silly and love to ride my bicycle, skate, climb trees etc. I enjoy life and the element of Joy that comes with living an authentic life.

Teaching style/philosophy: 
My philosophy of music is to find Joy and Healing through movement, singing, and sharing your gift with others. Hence the program I have written called The Joy of Music where children will learn proper breathing exercises, vocal and performance skills, create their own compositions, pursue their musical passions and more.

Miss Turnpenny has only a handful of spots left on Monday. We advise contacting us now for this great teacher! 

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Teacher Debbie (limited Tuesday & Saturday openings!)

Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office manager Josee and she can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet there are still limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for September send an e-mail to info@musicboxnw.ca 

Ian James Montgomery • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele • Tuesdays: Two Spots Left  • Thursdays: Two Spots Left
Torben Brown • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele •  Wednesdays: Two Spots Left
Steve Marshall • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele/Voice • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Sundays: COMING SOON!
Daniel Cheung • Guitar/Ukulele • Mondays: Two Spots Left  • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT  • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Debbie Mun • Piano •  Tuesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Saturdays: Two Spots Left
Frank Chu • Piano • Fridays: Two Spots Left • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Nicole Dale • Voice/Piano • Monday: ONE SPOT LEFT
Breanne Shaw • Flute • Friday: Three Spots Left
Stefani Yap • Piano • Wednesday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Friday: SOLD OUT
Jordana Delgado • Piano/Cello • Mondays: SOLD OUT. Tuesdays: Two Spots Left • Thursdays: Two Spots Left
Canita Mai • Voice/Piano • Thursday: Two Spots Left • Saturdays: SOLD OUT
Christina Madarasaz • Voice/Piano • Wednesday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursdays: SOLD OUT
Adam Van Loo • Clarinet/Flute/Saxophone • Sunday: 3 Spots Left
Joyce Everson Turnpenny • Voice • Monday: 3 Spots Left
Ju Dee Ang • Violin • Mondays: SOLD OUT • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Anne Wong • Piano • Saturdays: SOLD OUT

Please contact the office for details regarding available lesson times

Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a prize. This month’s prize is a $25.00 gift certificate for any Music Box service or product.
This month’s winner is Sara Martinez!
Congrats & please contact the office to claim your prize.

EARN FREE LESSONS!

Current Private Lesson Students who refer others who successful enrol for lessons with us get = 1 free MONTH of lessons! Thank you to everyone this Summer who referred their friends. Our success is your success! 
*Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for 1 free private lesson registration fee. Please contact the office for details.* 

Did you enjoy this June’s Picture Day?

Want to get your child’s picture taken for free by a professional photographer?

The next Picture day is coming in December and is open to all current Music Box Music Academy students! *Must be a CURRENT student to participate.

It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

604-553-1176
Or e-mail info@musicboxnw.ca

2 Locations to Serve You in Downtown New Westminster!

630 Carnarvon street, New Westminster, BC
(Near the intersection of 6th and Carnarvon, just down from the Brick & Motar shop)

211-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC
(1 block from the Skytrain, at the New Westminster Quay, 2nd floor of the River Market)

Offering quality guitar, voice, ukulele, drums, violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano lessons in New Westminster.

Music Kids Daycare, a modern Flexible Daycare

Music Box New Westminster Music School – Music Kids Daycare
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Join us Saturday August 27th from 11am-4pm and Sunday August 28th from 1-5pm for the Last opportunity to view Music Kids Daycare until September! Care begins August 29th, register soon and secure your flexible daycare spot!

Music Kids Daycare is a new & modern Flexible *Part-Time Daycare. *As authorized by Fraser Health children are to attend a maximum of 40 hours a month and 8 hours in a day. Perfect as a replacement for Preschool, or to supplement your current care needs. Care Hours can be booked online, as little as 1 hour or 8 hours at a time. For more information please see here: http://www.musicboxnw.ca/daycare-new-westminster/

July Newsletter

Music Box New Westminster Music School Monthly Newsletter – July 2016

Music Box Monthly

July 2016

Exciting news this summer!

Since our move July 2015 from our River Market location to our new Private Lesson studio at 630 Carnarvon Street, we have been quietly working on realizing a long time goal of opening a Daycare to serve New Westminster.

Now, with our main Carnarvon Music School fully in swing, and a new partnership with another local mom and ECE educator, Kimberly Ngugi – we are pleased to open Music Kids Daycare to the public August 29th!

I’d like to invite you to come to any of our 4 open houses this August, or book a private tour. We’d love to see you and show you our excellent education plan for your children!

Vashti Fairbairn
Director

ARE WE THE RIGHT DAYCARE FOR YOU?

Music Kids Daycare is a new Part Time Daycare offering quality Educational Child Care in New Westminster – as you need it! Music Kids is well organized, offers the lowest ratios, easy booking, highly qualified teachers, amazing curriculum of Reggio Emilia and the best Music Education to activate all sides of children’s brains, a home away from home

We are accepting children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old. Please read more about this new excellent program HERE.

Take the First Step to securing your space:

Join us for an Open House: Sat Aug 13th 11am-4pm, Sun Aug 14th 1-5pm, Sat Aug 27 11am-4pm, Sun Aug 28 1-5pm 

Or schedule a private parent tour today! Our first tours are August 8-12th from 9am-6pm by appointment only.

Celebrating Student Achievement!
Most Improved Student of the Year 2016 – Sissa Post & Henry Bloor
Student of the Year 2016 – Tiana Fong & Anthoney Downey
Junior Piano Student of the Year 2016 – Momoka Arakawa
Intermediate Piano Student of the Year 2016 – Daniel Gu
Senior Piano Student of the Year 2016 – Paul Gullett
Junior Flute Student of the Year 2016 – Levi Tuura
Senior Flute Student of the Year 2016 – Christine Thomas
Junior Voice Student of the Year 2016 – Kyle Inamac
Senior Voice Student of the Year 2016 – Isabelle Trainor
Drum Student of the Year 2016 – Aston Fu
Ukulele Student of the year 2016 – Avalina Manghi
Guitar Student of the Year 2016 – Tom Shi & Edward Musete
Ilana Gastaldo – Grade 3 Voice – First Class Honours
Jacob Lind – Grade 1 Piano – First Class Honours
Reese Magnayon – Grade 2 Piano – First Class Honours
Daniel Gu – Prep B Piano – First Class Honours with Distinction

Yes we still have LIMITED room in our Camps! [Except for August 22-26 which is FULL]
NOTE: August 22-26 is SOLD OUT!
Let us know if you can join us for a Demo Music Together Class! http://www.musicboxnw.ca/request-info/
Or sign up for our Fall Class now! Regular Music Together Classes will begin FALL, SATURDAYS, 11am-11:45am, September 24-November 26th. 9 months-5yrs. $160. https://form.jotform.com/30457943605255
Holidays: 

Reminder:BC Day  – Monday, August 1st

YES there are still regular private lessons & classes on Monday August 1st.

Note: there is no River Market Music Kids Club on August 10, 13, 27, 31

Please welcome the 14 new students
who enrolled for private music lessons at MusicBox this June!

Adam
Alex B
Katelyn
Enrique
Marcus
Lana
Mary
Gordon
Aimee
Angela
Michael
Rachel
Julian
Sharlene

Teacher of the Month 

Our teacher of the month for July is Ms. Jordana Delgado! Jordana teaches Piano for children & adults.Background: 
I was trained in classical music (piano and cello), but was told it was very difficult to make a living out of music, so I studied Psychology, and after that a master’s degree in Music Therapy. In the end I managed to make music my profession :) I have complemented my education with training in modern music and voice lessons. As a musician I have been part of classical, pop, world music and a cappella groups. As a music teacher I have worked in different music schools for more than 14 years, using different methodologies, and so have a broad perspective on music education.

Favourite food:
Any recipe with lentils involved.

Favourite thing to do in the summer:
I love going to the beach around 7pm, just when everyone else is going back home, and swimming in the ocean until the sun sets.

Fun fact about me: 
I am part of the independent film movement in Vancouver. On the weekends I turn into a production designer!

Teaching style/philosophy: 
I believe everyone is different and has their own way of learning (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic…). My job is to be able to identify the learning style of each student. Then I enjoy customizing the lessons using different methodologies and teaching materials so each student can get the best out of themselves.

Jordana has only a handful of spots left on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We advise contacting us now for this great teacher! 

Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a prize. This month’s prize is a $25.00 gift certificate for any Music Box service or product.
This month’s winner is Po Yiu Yau!
Congrats & please contact the office to claim your prize.

EARN FREE LESSONS!

Current Private Lesson Students who refer others who successful enrol for lessons with us get = 1 free MONTH of lessons! Thank you to everyone this June who referred their friends. Our success is your success! 
*Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for 1 free private lesson registration fee. Please contact the office for details.* 

Did you enjoy this June’s Picture Day?

Want to get your child’s picture taken for free by a professional photographer?

The next Picture day is coming in December and is open to all current Music Box Music Academy students! *Must be a CURRENT student to participate.

It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

604-553-1176
Or e-mail info@musicboxnw.ca

2 Locations to Serve You in Downtown New Westminster!

630 Carnarvon street, New Westminster, BC
(Near the intersection of 6th and Carnarvon, just down from the Brick & Motar shop)

211-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC
(1 block from the Skytrain, at the New Westminster Quay, 2nd floor of the River Market)

Offering quality guitar, voice, ukulele, drums, violin, flute and piano lessons in New Westminster.

In-Home Music Lessons or Music School, Which Is Better?

In Home Music Lessons or School? Which one is better for my child?

You’ve decided to put a child into music lessons – great! By making that choice you are on the road to having, statistically, a more creative, intelligent and successful child. You’ve picked an instrument and you’re all ready to start – but where? Are In Home Music Lessons or lessons at a local school better?

You have several options for music lessons. Let’s look at them in order:

Option One: In Home Music Lessons

This is a fast-growing type of lesson today, and it’s easy to see why: A music teacher drives to your home and teaches, using your own piano or drum set, or guitar. The benefit here is obvious – no need to leave the house, sit in traffic, or find parking. However, let’s ask some important questions about lesson quality: Is your child really able to concentrate? Did your teacher show up on time? Is the dog barking? Are siblings trying to pester each other during the lesson? And who’s keeping tabs on the teachers?

Speaking of siblings, one drawback with in home lessons is the inability to have more than one sibling learn at a time – a local school will be able to do 2-3 children at a time, saving the parent 30-60 minutes in waiting. The extra waiting time tends to undo any benefit gained by not having to drive anywhere.

(Note: Along with in-person lessons, this also describes some of the challenges with online training courses and YouTube videos. Also, although convenient, learn-at-home courses tend to lack the accountability and regularity that a human teacher provides.)

in home music lessons

Option number two: Drive to a music teacher’s home.

The possible benefit is that the teacher might have a dedicated space for learning. However, there could still be distractions if their family or pets are home. There’s still no-one checking the teacher’s qualifications; for example the teacher may be under-qualified to teach to your child’s level, however without doing research and asking for proof of qualifications, most customers won’t find out before doing business with them. In addition, their set-up may not be ideal (out of tune piano, improperly maintained drum kit). Lastly, they can only teach one sibling at a time – imagine having a 1 hour wait versus a 30 minute wait in a local school. And where do they hold their recitals?

Option Three: professional, private lessons at a music academy.

The individual practice rooms ensure no distractions, and the school is well equipped with in-tune pianos, books, and staff to help with scheduling and billing. If you have multiple children, they can take lessons at the same time. This is simply the best way to learn an instrument, and what better way to showcase your child’s new skills than at a fancy, professional and fun recital?

So why not make the best choice – high-quality music instruction to make your lesson money go further, and build musical skills faster than you ever thought possible.
Learn more at musicboxnw.ca/request-info

Music box is New Westminster’s top music school. Why not call us today to set up a music lesson? 604 553-1176

What’s The Best Instrument For Kids To Learn?

What’s The Best Instrument For Kids To Learn?

There are approximately one thousand, five hundred musical instruments on planet earth…and most we’ve never even heard of (what’s a cat piano?) So how do you decide the best instrument for kids to learn?

A child is probably only considering about three or four different instruments, such as piano, violin or guitar. And this can be tricky for parents, who often think, “What if I let them choose the wrong instrument”? or “What if they choose drums?”. (We should add that an electronic drum kit is a quieter option that works great for apartments and small houses!)

The most versatile and popular instrument is still the piano. You just won’t find anything else that’s able to cover such a broad range of pop, jazz, classical and rock music as easily. This is why it is known as a “foundational instrument”.

Best Instrument For Kids Music Lessons New Westminster

Guitar and violin remain very popular in our school, due to the expressive nature of stringed instruments. Plus, they’re easier to bring home than a piano. Many students who enjoy rock music gravitate toward the electric guitar. If your family attends church, acoustic guitar works very well for praise and worship music.

Physical Ability

When choosing an instrument for a child, you should consider factors such as physical size, natural ability and the child’s likes and interests. For example, a student with tiny hands may have trouble playing the upright bass. A student with large fingers may have trouble fretting chords on an electric guitar (disclaimer: we strongly believe that any physical limitation can be overcome by dedication and practice, within reason).

No matter what a child chooses, the most important thing is the support they receive and effort they put in. Having a great, professional teacher will make them want to practice and grow their musical vocabulary.

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Is My Child Too Young For Music Lessons?

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Some children demonstrate a love of melody and rhythm from a very early age. Babies can clap their hands to a beat as young as 6 months old. A two-year old can copy basic melodies and lyrics. It can be tempting to run out and sign them up for lessons, but how young is *too* young?

First of all, we want to encourage parents to introduce music to a child as early as possible. Have music playing in the home, and sing to/with your children as often as you can. In our household, we like to sing good-night songs, as well as songs when brushing their teeth, cleaning up, etc. (BONUS: Singing “Clean up” songs has a Mary-Poppins-like effect that actually makes them want to participate in putting away toys).

The youngest age we recommend for private music lessons is 4 years old. It may seem early, but listen to this: In a study of preschoolers, children who took weekly piano lessons showed a 34% improvement in spatial skills than the children who did not take lessons. Starting music lessons at a preschool age can give your child huge developmental benefits.

If they’re less than four years old, a group class may be a great option. Parent/child participation in a group setting can establish a lifelong love of music. These classes are also a wonderful way to meet other parents in the area.

A Personal Anecdote:

Our daughter attended group music classes from just 3 months old, and we actually noticed a difference in her vocabulary and math development compared with our second child, who did not attend classes regularly. We believe this was due to her early exposure to rhythm and music in a social setting, which laid the foundation for pattern recognition, language and self-expression.

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A group class at the River Market in New Westminster

A few tips on deciding when to start music lessons:

Watch children as they listen to music – do they stomp their feet, hum along or play air guitar? They may be ready to pick up an instrument.

Take children to a music shop, church or somewhere there are many instruments available to see/touch. Watch to see if they gravitate toward any particular instrument. For example, our son always runs up to the drum set after church service ends. Needless to say, we have started him on drum lessons.

Caution: NEVER force a child to take music lessons. Nothing will form a negative association faster than making them practice something they’re not even slightly interested in. Yes, they may groan before a lesson (especially if they were in the middle of their favorite TV show), but this is normal; regular commitment and dedication is not easy, week after week. However, a child that dreads attending lessons will quickly associate musicianship with boredom or frustration, and will likely avoid it later in life.

A great music teacher can inspire a student to grow and push the limits of their ability. Our professional instructors are ready to help your kids become their very best.

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