Don’t Break the Scale This Fall

Finding the Right Balance

School is back in session along with so many other activities.   You and your child may be feeling overwhelmed and struggling to get into a good routine.  Rest assured, it’s just the nature of the season!
You may be tempted to cut back on activities and stop music lessons, but think again before making that decision!    Sometimes, a “short break” can take the excitement and fluency out of music study.  Music is an outlet for our students — a fun activity that allows them to express themselves creatively.   It helps them gain confidence, not only in learning new songs and skills but also performing in front of others.  Studies have also shown that actively participating in music improves memory and reduces stress and anxiety.
Practicing consistently just a few minutes a day helps students improve and move forward.   Consistency is the key, and a good routine will help.  Encouraging your child to play their instrument for 15-20 minutes before starting homework, or right after dinner, works well.  Or if your child is an earlier riser, before school may also be an option.
At Lessons In Your Home, we understand you have many choices for activities, including music lessons.    That’s why we make it easy — by working around your busy schedule and coming to you.   Our lessons never have a contract associated, yet our students take lessons, on average, three times longer than students who travel to a studio for lessons.
Back to school is a busy time for everyone, but also a great time to take music lessons. Let us make it easy!   Contact us today to get started!

 

 

Teacher Spotlight

“What’s Your Biggest Failure?”

Our teachers are some of the best, but everyone has a bad day or experience.    We asked LIYH teachers about their worst performance experience and failures and here’s what they said.

“My band was opening for one of my favorite groups, kind of one of our bigger gigs.   We didn’t have monitors set up so we couldn’t hear each other very well.   The bass player and I ended up in 2 different parts of the song.” — Patrick Arthur, Atlanta

“My worst performance experience was a jury I did my second year in college.   I hadn’t prepared well for it and I totally messed up the piece.   It taught me never to get cocky, and always come prepared” — Tess Van Laanen, Denver

“My biggest musical failure was quitting marching band at the University of South Florida.   Even though I was accepted, I was so intimidated because I had never marched before and didn’t know how, when everyone else already did.    I left within the first week and wonder what would have happened if I had stayed.”  — Tori Valerio, Orlando“I flew across the country with my cello only to realize once I arrived at my destination that I forgot to pack my bow in the case.”   — Carol Anne Bosco, Washington D.C.

“I was playing a gig in Virginia with my band.    On one of the tunes on our list, I forgot to retune my guitar and ended up botching the song completely.”  — Ben Sacks – Washington D.C.

“I came to a show with a cheap wire stand full of music that I didn’t ‘really practice.    Halfway through the second song, a wind gust blew through the outdoor venue causing my stand to fall and my music to go everywhere.   One part of me wanted to stop playing and run away, but I kept singing and the nicest man picked all the papers up for me while my drummer and bass player never missed a beat.”   — Jessica Holloway,  Denver

“Playing a pop ensemble during my freshman year in college, my nervousness to be on stage completely controlled the performance.   After many more gigs since then, I’ve realized that the experience of getting out there and playing in front of people as often as possible is the best cure for stage anxiety.   Persistence and a healthy sense of humor work wonders!”  — Olivia Shaw, Denver

“In elementary school, after a performance, my mom asked me if I could play any of the songs because she could tell I was ‘faking’ my bowing throughout the entire concert.   Hearing those comments from my mother (who didn’t play an instrument), I was mortified.   Needless to say that NEVER happened again.”  — Vera Nji, Miami

“When I was in high school, I sang the National Anthem at a gymnastics tournament and mixed up the verses.    When I realized I had messed up, I stopped singing, apologized to the crowd and then finished singing the song.”  — Megan Sanchez, Washington D.C.

“I was accompanying a soloist and all my music fell off the music rack.   Somehow I managed to keep going and bring the song to some kind of a close.   The soloist followed me, instead of the other way around!”  — Denise Miersma, Seattle

 

 

Welcome New Students

Changing Music Teachers

Lessons In Your Home would like to welcome the following new students to our LIYH family.
We’re so glad you’ve decided to take music lessons with us!

 

ATLANTA

Adiel O. taking piano lessons in Atlanta with Mario Gant
Nailah M. taking piano lessons in Atlanta with Mario Gant
Hollie L. taking piano lessons in Atlanta with Mario Gant
Helen O. taking piano lessons in Atlanta with James Schneider
Anya S. taking piano lessons in Atlanta with James Schneider
Millie D. taking piano lessons in Sandy Springs with Elideusa Almeida
Ernie D. taking piano lessons in Sandy Springs with Elideusa Almedia
Eila J. taking piano lessons in Brookahven with Micah Martin
Bair H. taking piano lessons in Sandy Springs with Kim Cook
Estella S. taking piano lesson sin Brookhaven with Jeff Holsomback

HOUSTON

Emily B. taking piano lessons in Sugarland with Jackie Ovalle
Jolie V taking piano lessons in Bellaire with Ashley Baker
Camryn B taking piano lessons in Sugarland with Jackie Ovalle
Almeria G taking piano lessons in Bellaire with Jackie Ovalle
Jennie H taking piano lessons in Houston with Naomi Brigell
Sophia B taking voice lessons in Houston with Naomi Brigell
Abby M taking piano lessons in Houston with Naomi Brigell
Tristan K taking piano lessons in  Houston with Michael Boyle
Dominic G taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena
Nicole C taking voice lessons in Bellaire with Suzanne Gregory
Victoria G taking piano lessons in Katy with Dan Schreiber

WASHINGTON D.C.

Tiara taking piano lessons in Potomach with Natalie Draper
Ariana taking violin lessons in Rockville with Hanbing Jia
Grace taking clarinet lessons in Vienna with Jason Spencer
Fejir taking violin lessons in Arlington with Gina Noh
Maggie taking piano lessons in Washington DC with Carol Anne Bosco
Matthew taking violin lessons in Vienna with Hanbing Jia
Kaan taking piano lessons in Fairfax with Evan Meier
Birge taking piano lessons in Fairfax with Evan Meier
Neik taking upright bass lessons in McLean with Daniel Brown
Jack taking voice lessons in Falls Church with Andrew Sauvageau
Anna taking piano lessons in Bethesda with Jasmine Mays
Jane taking piano lessons in Bethesda with Jasmine Mays
Alberto taking piano lessons in Fairfax with Miles Harshman
Florentina taking piano lessons in Fairfax with Miles Harshman
George taking drum lessons in Silver Springs with Ben Sacks
Sydney taking piano lessons in Silver Springs with Ben Sacks
Lina taking clarinet lessons in Washington DC with Ben Ryer
Kaseem taking violin lessons in Washington DC with Paul Kim
Reid taking piano lessons in Arlington with Jasmine Mays
Levi taking drum lessons in Arlington with Andrew Pendergrast
Cole taking guitar lessons in Washington DC with Jibrael Malik.
Kennedy taking guitar lessons in Washington DC with Jibrael Malik
Melina taking cello lessons in Alexandria with Isabel Carpio

MIAMI

Mel R. taking guitar lessons in Miami Gardens with Nick Ramliak
Alejandro E. taking piano lessons in Coral Gables with Robert Saastian
Samantha A. taing violin lessons in Hialeah with Rosemarie Rodriguez
Ramesch P taking violin lessons in Miami with Joseph Matthews

DENVER

Cash S. taking ukulele lessonsin Silver Lake with Charlotte Gilbert
Emma S taking piano lessons in Centennial with Jessica Holloway
Sherryl H. taking piano lessons in Denver with Jessica Holloway
Sharon B. taking piano lessons in Castle Rock with AJ Dawson
Jazelle C. taking piano lessons in Lakewood with Brody Montoya
Jayden C. taking piano lessons in Lakewood with Brody Montoya
Brianna T. taking piano lessons in Centennial with Brody Montoya
Natalie F. taking mandolin lessons in Morrison with Brody Montoya

ORLANDO

Sahana S taking piano lessons in Winter Garden with Nino Lakvekheliani
Sebastien C taking piano lessons in Winter Springs with Erik Ettinger
Jack M taking guitar lessons in Windermere with Micah Tappe
Rich M taking guitar lessons in Windereme with Micah Tappe
Soleil K taking piano lessons in Winter Park with Allison Stanley
Easton O taking piano lessons in Orlando with Sarah Marshall
Shuler O taking piano lessons in Orlando with Sarah Marshall
Skip B taking guitar lessons in Zellwood with Stephen Nettles
Malia C taking guitar lessons in Orlando with Stephen Nettles
Salnea I taking guitar lessons in Winter Garden with Stephen Nettles

SEATTLE

Cash S. taking ukulele lessonsin Silver Lake with Charlotte Gilbert
Dylan K. taking guitar lessons in Seattle with Harrison Hedriana
Chris K. taking guitar lessons in SEattle with Harrison Hedriana
Spencer R. taking piano lessins Bellevue with Alice Yoo
Ken R. taking piano lessons in Bellevue with Alice Yoo
Teagan B. taking violin lessons in Bellevue with Harrins Hedriana
Lauren B. taking voice lessons in Seattle with Tia Nieuwsma
Ellie G. taking guitar lessons in Seattle with Scott D’Angelo
Samantha S. taking piano lessons in Sammamish with Kyle Griffith
Matthew S. taking piano lessons in Sammamish with Kyle Griffith
JJ S. taking piano lessons in Sammamish with Kyle Griffith
Savannah S. taking guitar lessons in Seattle with Julia Siegl
Amy P. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Hannah Dukipol
Whitt O. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Tia Nieuwsma
Amelia M. taking violin lessons in Tukwila with Alice Yoo
Joel J. taking guitar lessons in Seattle with Carl Germain
Arzene R. taking viola lessons in Redmond with Harrison Hedriana
Caren G. taking voice lessons in Seattle with Ari Blackwell
Adrian G. taking guitar lessons in Sammamish with Harrison Hedriana
Barbara C. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Kyle Griffith
Andrea Z. taking piano lessons in Bellevue with Kyle Griffith
Anebelle B. taking violin lessons in Seattle with Ana-Carita Edwards
Cheythan W. taking piano lessons in Bellevue with Kate Moody
Reshma W. taking piano lessons in Bellevue with Kate Moody
Evan F. taking piano lessons in Kirkland with Lydia Potekhina
Vaibhav G. taking pianon lessons in Seattle with Susan Payne
Lila O. taking cello lessons in Seattle with Susan Payne
Annie O. taking violin lessons in Seattle with Susan Payne
Clair O. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Susan Payne
Steven Y. taking piano lessons in Mukilteo with Peace Phan

 

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