Minnesota School Of Music - January 2020


With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self- improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’ New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. You are your children’s role model for almost everything, including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track, too.

OUR NEW SHOWCASE IS AMPED UP CALLING ALL ROCK STARS When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind” or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a good resolution might be for them to clean their room once a week or take responsibility for one household chore every day. DON’T DO ALL THE WORK FOR THEM. While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way.

For years, our concert series has given students a chance to shine. The red- carpet photo shoots and sweeping stage of the Sundin Music Hall will continue to provide our aspiring musicians a true classical experience. But not all music performances are about formal attire, box seats, and grand pianos. Sometimes you just want to rock. This spring, we’re turning our amps up to 11 and putting on a show like no other. Students will take center stage with their guitar, piano, and vocal skills with a full band of MnSOM faculty to back them up. From old-school hits to new favorites, this

is a chance for kids to jam in front of a live audience in a real rock ‘n’ roll venue.

This Student Showcase aims to reimagine what a recital can be, giving students the experience of a modern live music performance. Forget stuffy symphony halls — we’re breaking out the light shows and smoke machines in a real club-style venue. We hope you and your rock star will join us on May 17 for a show embracing all the energy and fun of modern music. We’ve yet to announce the venue, but we know space will be limited. Contact Mr. Nehring for more information!

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