Minnesota School Of Music - October 2019



Cash S. Eric S. Mina Y. Luella B. Sebastian C. AUGUST

Grace V. Aiyana D. Jackson L. Alyce P. Madilynn P. Leann B. Kinsley V. Cassady C. Liam S. Levi S. Arunaa M. Lincoln E.

Levi W. Sophia S. Matilda H. Giatta R. Natalie R. Skylar K. Sophia M. Lily E. Clara K. Molly M. Genna M. Elizabeth B.

Sophia D. Isabella D. Shawn D. Cedric T. Daniel S. David S. Alaina R.

In this newsletter, we’ve talked a lot about ways to structure practices and regiment your student’s schedule, so this month, we wanted to take a step back. As Eric’s cover reminds us, people are rarely drawn to learning instruments for the formality and discipline it takes to master. Most people, including musicians, find their love of music through the raw experience of hearing a song and being drawn to it. Here are some ways that love can be nurtured and grown. DON’T PRACTICE FOR PRACTICE’S SAKE All the expectations around learning an instrument come from a good place but can be counter-intuitive. As important as having a structured practice routine is, music can begin to feel like a chore if a student loses sight of why they’re practicing it. If you feel like you keep getting pushback from your child when it’s time for them to break out their instrument, it may be time to take a break from the same old scales and, instead, talk about the big picture. LEARN WHAT THEY LOVE Chances are your student has a genre or artist they can’t stop listening to. One of the most supportive things you can do as the parent of a budding musician is talk to them about these interests and listen to what they have to say. What is it about the music they like that they find so enticing? What ideas, themes, and sounds excite them? If you come into these conversations with an open mind, you and your student are sure to learn a lot. PRACTICE MEETS PERSPECTIVE Encourage your student to research the history of some of their favorite artists. Chances are, those musicians had their own struggles with music in their early days. Hearing that can help students appreciate the heights music practice can take them to. You can take things a step further by encouraging them to learn a few of their favorite songs — if they haven’t already. Even if your student is learning an instrument typically used by their favorite artists, they can view it as creating their own piano cover or acoustic version of some of their most beloved tracks. 

IS YOUR TEACHER If you’ve tried to make a schedule change recently, you’ve seen firsthand how full our teachers’ schedules are. If you are looking to make an upcoming schedule change, please read below to see if your teacher is sold out. Note: Teacher availability is subject to change based on enrollment. Please contact the front desk at 763-432-9713 for up-to-date schedule information. SOLD OUT?

Mr. Barrett - SOLD OUT Miss Ferbuyt - SOLD OUT Miss Hoops - SOLD OUT Mrs. Lehner: SOLD OUT Mr. Membrez - SOLD OUT Mrs. Morris - SOLD OUT

Mr. Nistler - SOLD OUT Mr. Norell - SOLD OUT Miss Palmquist - SOLD OUT Miss Pliam - SOLD OUT Miss Schwefel - SOLD OUT

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