If you’re learning a stringed orchestra instrument — like the violin, viola, cello, or bass — you have some pretty big shoes to fill. Some of the most famous musicians of all time have made names for themselves by expertly making magic with strings. From the time of Mozart to today, the vitality of talented […]
Drummers always look like they’re having fun — and that’s probably because they are! The drums are one of the most enthusiastic, energetic, and just plain fun of all the instruments; but learning takes a lot more work than most people realize. If you’re interested in getting started on the drums, or your kids are […]
Whether you’re a long-time musician, or you’ve never even picked up an instrument before, the piano is one of the most well-known and identifiable musical instruments.
How was school today? Did you have a good time at recess? What did you do in class? As parents, we’ve repeated these questions countless times, and we’re all too familiar with the one-word answers that often follow: “Fine.” “Yeah.” “Nothing.” Sometimes, getting your kids to talk about their day feels like pulling teeth out […]
The woodwind family includes everything from the snazzy saxophone to the delightfully captivating clarinet, and even the charming bagpipes of Scotland. Such a diverse and robust assortment of instruments only naturally leads to a diverse and extraordinary assortment of musicians from all over the world. Did you know Steven Spielberg was an ace on the […]
Viewing a fun program with your kids is a great way to relax together — and if it has some built-in educational value, even better. Sometimes a fun, fictional show provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your kids about real life themes; like their friendships, hobbies, academic skills, or future goals. In today’s connected […]
If you — or your children — are learning to play instruments in the brass family, you’re in good company. Some of the world’s most famous musicians have blown horns in this popular subgroup; which includes the trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, cornet, and more. Brass instruments are most commonly played in jazz, classical, and […]
Can you imagine having an electric guitar named after you? An instrument that artists all over the world use to create musical harmonies in genres from pop and rock to jazz and the blues, and even classical compositions. Can you imagine so many people making music with your namesake? Les Paul certainly could; in fact, […]
Despite the challenges, extracurricular activities provide many positive benefits and fill an important duty in rounding out the youth of America.
Frederic Chopin is often considered Poland’s greatest composer. A child prodigy and pianist of the Romantic era, he is popular for his compositions written for the solo piano. His influence on the evolution of waltzes, ballads, and many other piano pieces holds strong to this day, memorializing his name in the world of music. Chopin […]