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What is the Suzuki Method Anyhow?

Posted on: 20 Jan 2016
If you’ve started to look into violin lessons for your child, chances are you’ve come across plenty of people talking about the “Suzuki Method.” What in the heck is the Suzuki Method? The Suzuki Method is named for its originator, Shin’ishi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist, who created a way of teaching the violin. The basic idea behind the Suzuki Method comes from the idea that children have an amazing capacity to learn language. Suzuki noticed that young children ...

Where the Piano Comes From

Posted on: 06 Jan 2016
Did you ever wonder how someone came up with the idea of the piano? It’s such an odd instrument, when you compare it to others. Strings which are struck by pressing keys, so big it can’t be carried. The piano didn’t spring from the imagination of a single inventor fully formed. Instead, it was the brainchild of many different innovators, built to address the issues of some of the instruments which came before it. By the 17th century, keyboard instruments were already fairly ...

Music as Language

Posted on: 09 Dec 2015
Check this out:     If you’re actually able to listen to his voiceover during Victor Wooten’s amazing rendition of “Amazing Grace,” you’ll hear he has some very strong beliefs about music and music education. And it’s worth listening to – Wooten is one of the premier musicians in the entire world. But at about the 2:25 mark, he says something really interesting while comparing how kids learn language and how kids learn music. He ...

How Good is Your Practice? Quality vs. Quantity

Posted on: 02 Dec 2015
“How many hours do I need to practice my instrument each week?” It’s the age-old questions, isn’t it? We’ll get back to it in a second, but did you know there’s actually a different question that’s much, much more important? The question you should be asking is… When you practice, HOW should you practice? Practicing is important, but you’ll never get very much out of it if you don’t practice well.  What does that mean? ...

What Age Should We Start Vocal Lessons?

Posted on: 25 Nov 2015
This has always been a tough question to answer. Never mind the sometimes competing opinions, talking about voice training gets into developmental issues, which as any parent knows, is always an inexact science. Children develop differently. They grow mentally, socially, psychologically, and (of course) physically at tremendously different rates. There are still guidelines that can be followed, though. Here are some things to consider when trying to decide if your little songbird is ready for ...

Origins of the Violin

Posted on: 18 Nov 2015
Instruments like the violin which are played with a bow have their origins in the Byzantine lira and Islamic rabab, dating back as far as the 9th century. These types of instruments often had very boxy bodies, and spread throughout Europe in the subsequent centuries before the first true violins began to emerge in Italy in the 16th century. Violins quickly eclipsed previously favored cello-like instruments in popularity, and were in high demand. Violins proliferated through the 17th and 18th ...

How To Measure Violins for Kids

Posted on: 04 Nov 2015
One of the really nifty things about starting young children on violin is that they can use an instrument that is, proportional to their bodies, the same size as an adult violin! That doesn’t happen with pianos or drums. It’s even hard to do with guitars, because you can only make the neck so skinny before six strings just won’t fit. But a violin can be shrunk small enough to fit just about any musician! For your young student, one of the most important things is getting a ...

Starting Piano as an Adult

Posted on: 28 Oct 2015
Most of our students are younger, but we always have some adults who are coming to us to take music lessons for the first time. While adults take many different kinds of classes with us – in both dance and music – we find that many adults just starting music lessons for the first time, or perhaps picking them up for the first time since childhood, are interested in taking piano. Which is great! Piano is one of the best musical foundations anyone can have. Taking up piano as an ...

Connect & Change Lives by Taking Music Lessons at SDM!

Posted on: 26 Oct 2015
The School of Dance & Music has partnered with the Fyera Foundation (, an organization that aims to help children in Nicaragua stay in school, and feel connected, supported, and loved in order to bloom into their full potential. One aspect of their program is a music school, which enhances the children’s lives in extraordinary ways. We know first-hand that music has the power of bringing people together, and with your help we cannot only give these children a gift of ...

Crazy Facts About Musical Styles that May Surprise You

Posted on: 21 Oct 2015
We’ve all heard them before. Classical music will make you smarter. Rock music is bad for kids. There are a million preconceptions out there about which kinds of music will do what to your brain. So, time for a little investigation. Classical Music Classical music really has been shown to be good for your health – especially when it comes to managing stress. In an experiment, researchers subjected participants to a stressful environment and then measured their blood pressure...


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