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Summer Can Be a Season of Exponential Growth, Don’t Lose the Opportunity to Thrive!

As summer approaches, the familiar rhythm of school and activities gives way to a more relaxed tempo. But think of it this way: in nature, summer is a season of growth and vitality. Plants, which have been dormant through the winter suddenly burst into life in Spring, then mature in Summer, and this is a perfect metaphor for what can happen with musical skills during the summer as well.
Cecilia Rowe
May 10, 2024

Overcoming the Instant Gratification Trap: Why Quitting Early Limits Your Child's Potential

In our fast-paced world, it's crucial to teach children the value of patience and hard work, especially in music lessons. While services like Amazon offer instant gratification, learning an instrument requires time and dedication. Dr. Susan Bartell emphasizes the harm of quitting early, which can prevent children from learning to overcome challenges. This article encourages viewing struggles as growth opportunities, urging parents to help their children appreciate the journey in music education.
Cecilia Rowe
March 11, 2024

The Joyful Melody of the Season: Why the Holidays Are the Perfect Time for Students of ALL ages to Practice Their Music!

In this blog post, we'll delve into the many reasons why the holiday season provides a unique platform for in-home music lessons, and why we encourage our teachers to load up on holiday music!
Cecilia Rowe
November 18, 2023

Mastering Time Management: Balancing Music Lessons, Schoolwork, & Extracurriculars

If you're a passionate young musician juggling classes, homework, and music practice, fret not! We're here to help you become the maestro of time management. Let's explore valuable tips and advice to create a successful school year.
Cecilia Rowe
October 15, 2023

Should I Force My Child to Practice Their Musical Instrument at Home?

Encourage, don't force! Foster your child's love for music through positive practice experiences and open communication.
Cecilia Rowe
September 14, 2023

Strike the Right Chord: Choosing Between a Keyboard, Digital and Acoustic Piano

Searching for a suitable piano can be daunting, especially with the overabundance of options available on the market. Each type of piano offers its own unique set of advantages, which are considered in this article by breaking down different sizes, sound quality, touch sensitivity, and cost-effectiveness - all of which play a role in finding what is right for you!
Cecilia Rowe
August 21, 2023

Part 5: Lesson Environment: In-Home or In-Studio Lessons?

Where do you want to take music lessons: in your home? or in a music studio? There are so many benefits to both, but what works best for you?
Anne Beck
February 6, 2023

Part 4: How Do I Find Time for Music Lessons?

When do you have time to take a music lesson each week? If you have reached this point in our series, chances are you are serious about pursuing music lessons. Perhaps you have even decided on an instrument to learn and a style of music you want to be able to play.
Anne Beck
September 26, 2022

Supporting Your Budding Musician

Looking for some ideas on how to help your child succeed in music? Learning anything always has its ups and downs, and we all know that parents' support can be the make-or-break element for a child's learning.
Mary Helen Rossi
September 24, 2022

Destination Performance Series - The Fox Theatre

This weekend, our wonderful students will be performing at The Fabulous Fox Theatre as part of our Destination Performance Series! As with all our destinations, the Fox has a long and fascinating history. Read on to learn more!
Cecilia Rowe
September 8, 2022

Part 3: The Style of Music YOU Want to Play

When beginning music lessons, determining the style of music you want to play is another important step to ensuring the best learning experience.
Anne Beck
September 6, 2022

Part 2: Decide What Instrument You Want to Learn

Our last post in this series focused on finding a teacher who is skilled in the musical styles you want to learn. But perhaps you are not entirely sure what to choose among all the different instruments available.
Anne Beck
August 24, 2022

When Music is Oxygen

In a previous post, I promised to write about why learning music can be essential for some children. By essential I meant that without the opportunity to dive deep into learning and expressing themselves through music, they will suffer … but if they do have that opportunity, they will quite possibly thrive.
Mary Helen Rossi
August 16, 2022

Part 1: Find a Studio that Offers a Variety of Musical Options

When choosing a music lessons provider, it is important to find out what teaching styles they offer. What type of music do you enjoy listening to the most? Are there particular songs you want to be able to play?
Anne Beck
August 15, 2022

In-Home or In-Studio Music Lessons?

As many of your know, we offer both in-home or in-studio music lessons. There are only a couple of differences between the two, but they are significant. If you’re wondering which one you’d like to do, this post may help.
Mary Helen Rossi
July 29, 2022

Wait. Music Lessons Bring You Happiness?

Chances are that you’re reading this because you’re considering taking music lessons (for yourself or your children) at The Music Studio Atlanta. If we're right, then we have one big question for you: would you like even just a bit more happiness?
Mary Helen Rossi
July 20, 2022

The Science-based Benefits of Musical Involvement

We’ve been on a Benefits of Musical Involvement streak lately, and our posts seem to have hit a chord (haha). One reader just shared an article from ScienceOfPeople.com titled How the Science of Music can Help You.
Mary Helen Rossi
June 25, 2022

Creative Expression is Power

I hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to begin this post by focusing back on the title: Creative Expression as an Educational Objective. That’s a mouthful – and it takes a minute to digest! Hmm, could it be saying that creative self-expression should be a goal of education?
Mary Helen Rossi
June 17, 2022

Music and Trauma

Music and trauma can go hand in hand if you're looking for a healing modality. That's saying something, because trauma can be very difficult to heal but it is, nevertheless, pervasive in our culture.
Mary Helen Rossi
June 15, 2022

The Benefits of Music Lessons

The benefits of music lessons are almost endless and many are compelling. We’ve posted a page of data from studies proving the various benefits and there are countless more – but here are two that we find especially interesting: music lessons create happiness & music lessons develop the soft skills needed for success.
Mary Helen Rossi
May 6, 2022

Learning Styles in Music Lessons

Here at TMSA, our observation windows allow you to observe your child while they're in lessons. That has many benefits, one of which is that you can see what type of learner your child is. A child's learning style in music lessons is a great tip-off to how they learn in other situations.
Mary Helen Rossi
April 25, 2022

What if I Feel Insecure When I Sing?

When people call us about taking singing lessons, they often ask "what if I feel insecure when I sing?" So, here's the thing: almost everyone who wants to become a better singer feels insecure when they sing. Really!
Mary Helen Rossi
April 6, 2022

Why Isn't Music at the Top of the Pile?

If you’ve read any of the thousands of studies on the academic, physical, and emotional benefits of learning a musical instrument, perhaps you’re wondering too. Why is music education at the bottom, not the top, of the academic pile?
Mary Helen Rossi
March 25, 2022

Music Enhances Our Brains

Most parents want their children to be intelligent and successful. And while some experts have pushed parents to teach their children coding, new research is pointing to music as the gateway to smarter kids.
Mary Helen Rossi
March 15, 2022

What if Your Child Wants to Quit Music Lessons?

… Your 9-year-old daughter decides she doesn’t want to take ukulele after 5 months of lessons, and the spring recital is around the corner.… Your 12-year-old son wants to quit the piano but begs to take up the drums.
Mary Helen Rossi
February 24, 2022

How to Support Your Child in Music Lessons

We all want our children to be successful, so you've probably thought about how to support your child in music lessons. In truth, your children's success with music lessons is as dependent on you as it is on them.
Mary Helen Rossi
February 24, 2022

When to Begin Music Lessons?

Parents often ask when to begin music lessons for their children. Our short answer is that it is NEVER too early for a child to begin music lessons. Of course, we’re using the term “music lessons” loosely, but a musical involvement? Now’s the time.
Mary Helen Rossi
February 17, 2022

The Gift of Performance Opportunities

As I reflect this morning after two fun weekends full of recitals, I’m truly thankful that our students can gain performance experience. Even if they don't pursue music professionally, their performances at open mics and recitals give them great life skills and an edge over their peers.
Cecilia Rowe
December 6, 2021

Is Your Piano in Tune?

Why is it so important for you to keep your students' piano in tune? Does it really make a difference? Can a child even hear the difference?Does it matter? Yes! For one thing, children can indeed hear the difference. While they probably couldn't explain why, their ear will hear it and they will have more enjoyment (and ability) playing a piano that's in tune.
Cecilia Rowe
November 9, 2021

Your Role in Music Lessons

Would you like to play a starring role in your children’s lessons? The best way to do this is by supporting and encouraging them. This post is to help you understand what’s going on each week so you’ll have a better idea of how to do that.
Cecilia Rowe
October 20, 2021

Which Instrument To Start With?

With so many wonderful musical instruments to choose from, how do you decide which one you should start with? Thankfully you don’t have to choose just one instrument. But you have to start somewhere, so where?
Cecilia Rowe
October 6, 2021
Colorful string of different types of musical notes.