Got my instrument, Check! Now what?

I hope you picked an instrument that fit the needs of your family! Glad that part is over, but now comes the whole learning how to play thing…

If your kiddo is in band, that is awesome! It’s a great place to get them playing as a group! However, we need to make sure the money we are paying for the instrument and the time invested is worth it. We love little Snooki Pie, but are we getting the bang for our buck? Giving a person an instrument and telling them to go play something, is like putting a swimsuit on your child and telling them to go swim. Drowning is a bad thing. I hope you agree. It is important for us to nurture the musical possibility in ever person, no matter what their age…ummm…that kinda makes me think I’m suppose to go start playing something…Ok, I’ll get there eventually.

Back to nurturing…there are a few basic things that every child should know: how to clean their instrument, hold it correctly, how to prevent denting, dropping, and/or completely destroying it (even though our handy repair techs got your back), and how to play a sound. All of this can be personally shown to you in The Master Musician. Even if you got your instrument from somewhere else {screeches in horror and disbelief}…just kidding…our friendly staff would be glad to go over these basics with you. I could try, but, every instrument is different and since I am new at this too, the best thing is for me to send you to the professionals.

I think we are moving in the right direction so far. Your kids are in band and now they understand the workings of their instruments. If you’re ready to spend more money on Johnny and Susie Q, please say aye and make a squinty face like you’re a pirate! LOL! ok, sorry…I’ve probably lost some of you right about now. Hang in there! When you had kids you knew all your money would disappear anyway. There is new meaning to the quote “money makes itself wings and flys away”. Ok, joking aside, your kids need LESSONS! You know why I never learned to play the flute? I had about 2 lessons. I am now successfully a wanna be flute player. So sad, I know. Band is great for kids, but when you think about how there is only one band director and all those students, it might be difficult for your child to get the individualized attention that he or she needs to start improving.

Here’s the nitty gritty. Lessons are usually once a week and can range from $25 to $30 per half hour. At The Master Musician, we have 3 lesson rooms and a waiting area for the parents with free wifi. There are 4 instructors: David Jerome (guitar, bass guitar, ukulele), David Bradley (clarinet, saxophone, oboe), Kara Wuchner (flute, piccolo), and Yaphet Jones (trumpet). They are all extremely professional and most play in bands and symphonies. Get to know them! You can check out their bio’s on our website. under Lessons. If your instrument is not listed please give the store a call because we can find someone that teaches lessons for your instrument.   951-677-7575

Here is Wiki P’s thoughts on lessons…”Music lessons are a type of formal instruction in playing a musical instrument or singing. Typically, a student taking music lessons meets a music teacher for one-on-one training sessions ranging from 30 minutes to one hour in length over a period of weeks or years. For vocal lessons, teachers show students how to sit or stand and breathe, and how to position the head, chest, and mouth for good vocal tone. For instrument lessons, teachers show students how to sit or stand with the instrument, how to hold the instrument, and how to manipulate the fingers and other body parts to produce tones and sounds from the instrument. Music teachers also assign technical exercises, musical pieces, and other activities to help the students improve their musical skills. While most music lessons are one-on-one (private), some teachers also teach groups of two to four students (semi-private lessons), and, for very basic instruction, some instruments are taught in large group lessons, such as piano and acoustic guitar. Private lessons can also take place through live video chat using webcam and Videotelephony.[1][2] “

I hope you can see the value of investing in your child’s musical endeavor. Think of the proud moments you will have when you see your baby (fyi…a baby can be a child of any age…my children are well aware of the fact that they will always be my babies…forever!!) on the field marching, or in a symphony, or maybe even one of those loud bands that are oh so different from a band band. Your kids are worth it!

Next, I will be looking into the different styles of music…should be educational!

The Master Musician


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