Helping Kids Cope with Stage Fright

In his first real performance, our son Wes belted out each and every Christmas carol at his preschool holiday showcase louder and more confidently than the next. His volume was only amplified by the increasing silence of his classmates, perhaps put-off by his antics and the entire mysterious, mystifying ritual unfolding around them.

Merry Musical Events for the Whole Family

Halloween is over, and there’s a chill in the air. As the holiday season swiftly approaches, now is the perfect time to plan for holiday fun.

It’s music that warms our hearts and brings us close in the chilly winter months, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than with local musical events the whole family can enjoy? We’ve rounded up a handful of merry performances just on the horizon.

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How Musicianship Benefits the Whole Person (at any age!)

Music is a mysterious force and an integral part of our lives. It entertains and moves us, transports us in time and connects us to one another. Learning to play an instrument is a beautiful and complicated endeavor that requires a lot of time, energy and patience.

There are infinite ways to explore and grow musically, all of which benefit the whole person - for their whole life. Below we explore the ways in which musicianship can enhance the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, vocational and spiritual dynamics of an individual. 

5 Ways to Practice Smarter

1. SHOOT FOR FREQUENCY 

Practicing frequently is more effective than practicing for a long time. Say a student practices 60 minutes per week (hopefully it is more!), all in one focused hour. That would be a great practice session. However, over the next six days chances are that he will forget a lot of what he did. Therefore, the beginning of the next session is spent trying to remember what was practiced previously.  

The 2017 Recitals in Review

This year’s Greensleeves Music recitals were truly fantastic. They spanned over two Sundays, May 21st and June 4th, and were held at a couple of our favorite venues, Jacob’s Music of West Chester and The Garage Youth Center in Kennett Square. Students of all ages played a wonderful array of music and showcased their talents and months of hard work.

Jacob’s Music is a piano store just outside of West Chester with a lovely private recital room. The Greensleeves Music recitals there are exclusive to piano students, who have the unique opportunity to play on a nine-foot Steinway grand piano.