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Last update 28th March, 2015 ===> Added new article.


Why Students Really Quit


Every year almost 20% of public school students begin an instrument though 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 music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond. During my time as an educator, parents and students have shared with me several reasons why the child quit their musical instrument, including:
The student is not musically talented (or at least thought they weren’t).
The student is too busy with other activities.
The student hates practicing (or the parents grow weary of begging the child to practice).
The student doesn’t like their teacher.
…and there’s more…


8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently


We've all heard the phrase "practice smarter, not harder," but what does that really mean? What does "smarter" practice actually look like? A study of collegiate piano majors suggests that the key lies in how we handle mistakes.


Advice for new instrumental parents


1. Beginning instrumental students need tons of encouragement
2. Playing an instrument is an adult skill
3. Sometimes they must practice loud to develop good tone
4. Practice is important-every day
5. Find them a comfortable place in which to practice
6. Musical instruments are not toys. They are very fragile, precision instruments.