Parent Report
Best Music program


This report will help you
find the best program for your student

Parent Music Lesson Report

Read our information below to assist you in looking for the perfect place for your student!

portfolio1 portfolio2 portfolio3 portfolio4 portfolio5 portfolio6 portfolio7

Music Dance Theatre Tumbling

Students are from 2.5 to Adult, Beginner Through Adult

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Woodwinds, Strings, Brass- Private Lessons, Tots Music Workshop Classes

Many Opportunities: Recitals, Competition, Testing program for certificates, Trophies, Intern Program

Angelina Ballerina Academy and Ballet/Tap/Creative Movement Classes

Students will enjoy classes that nurture the young dancer!

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Pointe,

There is much to offer at the Conservatory for DANCE. Performing Opportunities and many events throughout the year.

Classes and Lessons- 10 week Full Productions

NEW: MUSCIAL THEATRE TRIO CLASS- 30 minutes each of Voice/Dance/Acting

Recitals, Competition, Certificates, Trophies

Many opportunities throughout the year

If you can dream it, you can be it!

Age 3 through Adult, Beginner through Advanced

small portfolio1 small portfolio2 small portfolio3 small portfolio4 small portfolio4 small portfolio6 small portfolio4
themed object
get in touch

Parent Report for Music

Music Report to assist you with your program choices

 

5 WAYS TO GET THE MOST

OUT OF MUSIC LESSONS

These guidelines will help you to have a successful, rewarding experience learning an instrument. These are practical tips that we have discovered from years of teaching and our experiences with teaching hundreds of students each year.

 

1. HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG - STARTING AT THE RIGHT AGE

Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing an adult is to commit to practicing. We teach many beginner students in their 60’s and 70’s.

For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you “the sooner the better” but this attitude can actually backfire and be a negative. If a child is put into lessons too soon they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. The last thing you want to do is turn a child off music just because they had one unpleasant experience which could have been prevented. Sometimes if the child waits a year to start lessons their progress can be much faster. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well. The following are guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child can start taking music lessons.

3 - 4 Years Old
If a pre-schooler has a keen desire and wants to start music, a group preschool music class will give them a good foundation in music basics which will be helpful in later private lessons. At this age, private lessons generally do not work as the child has not yet experienced the formal learning environment of kindergarten or school and learns more effectively through the game oriented preschool environment.

Piano/Keyboard
At our school 5 years old is the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons. At this age they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease.

Guitar - Acoustic, Electric and Bass
8 years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings. Children under 8 generally have small hands and may find playing uncomfortable. Bass guitar students generally are 10 years old and older.

Voice Lessons
10 years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique. For children younger than 10, we have a children’s choir (ages 6-9) and a preschool singing program (ages 3-5) that teaches them how to use their voices properly, in a fun, relaxed environment.

Flute, Clarinet & Saxophone, Trombone
Due to lung capacity (and in the case of the saxophone the size of the instrument), we recommend that most woodwind beginners are 9 and older.

Violin Viola Cello
We accept violin students from the age of 5. Some teachers will start children as young as 3, but experience has shown us the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 5 or older.

 

2. CHOOSE A SCHOOL WHICH OFFERS A CHOICE OF GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS

Different students require different teaching approaches. Some students progress best with the peer interaction and class motivation of a group session. Other students prefer the focused concentration of an individual one on one lesson. Once a student is more advanced it will be necessary to take private lessons to master the advanced techniques of an instrument or voice with individual attention. Make sure that your student has the option to select the learning style that is best suited for them.

3. TAKE LESSONS IN A PROFESSIONAL TEACHING ENVIRONMENT

Learning music is not just a matter of having a qualified teacher, but also having an environment that is focused on music education. In a professional school environment a student cannot be distracted by t.v., pets, ringing phones, siblings or anything else. With only 1/2 to one hour of lesson time per week, a professional school environment can produce better results since the only focus at that time is learning music. Students in a school environment are also motivated by hearing peers who are at different levels and by being exposed to a variety of musical instruments. In a music school, the lessons are not just a hobby or sideline for the teacher but a responsibility which is taken very seriously.  Recitals provide a tool for success.  Students work very hard and enjoy showing off their accomplishments.   As students advance we offer an in house competition which is a motivator for students to experience competition but with a positive approach.  All students are winners!  We give all a medal and then top awards.

4. MAKE PRACTICING EASIER

As with anything, improving in music takes practice. One of the main problems with music lessons is the drudgery of practicing and the fight between parents and students to practice every day. Here are some ways to make practicing easier:

Time
Set the same time every day to practice so it becomes part of a routine or habit. This works particularly well for children. Generally the earlier in the day the practicing can occur, the less reminding is required by parents to get the child to practice.

Repetition
We use this method quite often when setting practice schedules for beginners. For a young child 20 or 30 minutes seems like an eternity. Instead of setting a time frame, we use repetition. For example, practice this piece 4 times every day, and this scale 5 times a day. The child then does not pay attention to the amount of time they are practicing their instrument, but knows if they are on repetition number 3 they are almost finished.

Rewards
This works very well for both children and adult students. Some adults reward themselves with a cappuccino after a successful week of practicing. Parents can encourage children to practice by granting them occasional rewards for successful practicing. In our school we reward young children for a successful week of practicing with stars and stickers on their work. Praise tends to be the most coveted award - there just is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done. Sometimes we all have a week with little practicing, in that case there is always next week.

5. USE RECOGNIZED TEACHING MATERIALS

There are some excellent materials developed by professional music educators that are made for students in a variety of situations. For example in piano, there are books for very young beginners, and books for adult students that have never played before. There are books that can start you at a level you are comfortable with. These materials have been researched and are continually upgraded and improved to make learning easier. These materials ensure that no important part of learning the instrument can inadvertently be left out. If you ever have to move to a different part of the country, qualified teachers and institutions will recognize the materials and be able to smoothly continue from where the previous teacher left off.

Most Importantly . . .

HAVE FUN!!

Music should be something that you enjoy for a lifetime. So, try not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children to learn too quickly. Everyone learns at a different pace and the key is to be able to enjoy the journey.

 

 

Eagleville:  officemgre@comad.net  610 630-0544

3355 Ridge Pike

Eagleville, Pa 19438

 

Harleysville: officemgrh@paperformingarts.com  215 256 4567

298 Main Street

Harleysville, Pa 19403

 

Worcester:  officemgrnw@paperformingarts.com 215 699 6500

2665 Skippack Pike,

Worcester, Pa 19490

 

Easy access to Towamencin, Hatfield, Montgomeryville, Perkiomenville, Zeiglersville, Green Lane, Skippack, Vernfield, Ambler, Bluebell, Norristown, Lower Gwynedd, Upper Gwynedd, Plymouth Meeting, Jeffersonville, West Norriton,Worcester, North Wales, Lansdale, Audubon, Oaks, Collegeville, King of Prussia, Fort Washington, Quakertown.

 

 

 

slide up button

REGISTER NOW FOR FALL CLASSES!