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When should my child start taking private music lessons?
Parents eager to expose their children to music education often wonder how old little ones should be before enrolling in private music lessons. While there’s no definitive answer, B&B generally starts students at the age of 5 or above. Here are some indicators that your child is ready for one-on-one music instruction.
If your child can remain attentive and follow directions for 20 – 30 minutes, he may be ready for individual music lessons. Being able to stay on task is also essential, since kids will need to be able to focus during regular practice sessions at home.
Reading and comprehension
Sheet music generally contains musical directions, like fast, slow, soft, or loud, in addition to song titles and lyrics that students may struggle with if they’re not yet reading. So, younger kids may want to hold off on lessons until they can read and understand the information written on their music and in any practice workbooks they are given.
It’s important that students have instruments that they can use for practicing at home. Inexpensive or shared instruments are fine, especially for beginning students. But it’s important that students have regular access to an instrument, instead of just relying on weekly lessons.
If you can commit to driving your child to lessons, buying an instrument and instructional materials, paying for lessons, and helping your child stick to a practice schedule, your child already has a great foundation to start! (And of course, with lessons from B&B, you can leave the driving to us.)
By making sure your child is ready before starting music lessons, you can help learning an instrument be a rich and rewarding experience, the benefits of which will last a lifetime.
B&B Music Lessons. Making the world a better place, one lesson at a time!
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Voice, Harp, Beginning Cello
Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Rock, World Music, Japanese Music Instrumental
Location: DC, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, Bowie
Why I work well with kids?
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B&B’s 2012 Summer Recital, Group B
This Sunday, our students took to the stage for B&B’s 2012 summer recital at the Strathmore Mansion. All of the performers had a blast entertaining the crowd with their own renditions of some incredible jazz, pop, and classical numbers. Plus, they got solid experience playing in front of people – and that’s what music’s all about!
“They’re casual, low-pressure events in a fun, friendly atmosphere.”
Well, I guess it’s not all about the performing because music’s also about having fun. From weekly lessons, to personal practice time, to listening to MP3s, students should enjoy the process of learning music. And we treat our recitals the same way. They’re casual, low-pressure events in a fun, friendly atmosphere. After all, performing in front of people is stressful enough on its own!
“…we know that a four-hour recital can be a lot to sit through.”
Music aside, one of my favorite parts about our recitals is that they’re such social functions. I finally get to meet our parents face-to-face. And the students get to hang out with one another and see what their peers are up to. Our busy parents like that we break our recitals into four mini-sets, instead of having one big show. So they can just come for their child’s set. (We love music, but we know that a four-hour recital can be a lot to sit through – especially if you have toddlers in tow.)
Enjoy a few videos of the event below…
If you were able to make it out on Sunday, thanks so much for coming! I hope you had as incredible a time as I did. But, even if you missed it, you can enjoy a few videos of the event below. Enjoy!
Because music matters,
B&B Music Lessons Co-founder
* Be sure to click on the word “playlist” in the lower, left hand corner of the video player below.
B&B Music Lessons provides bass, drum, guitar, viola and piano lessons in Somerset and the surrounding DC areas. We have been the premier provider of private in home music lessons in Somerset since 2005. Our teachers have been personally interviewed and approved by the owners of B&B to teach in the comfort of the homes of our students.
We understand that you want to be comfortable with any teacher that is teaching music lessons at your house. That is why we are extremely careful regarding the music instructors that we add to our roster. They are reliable, courteous and friendly and of course they work well with children. We are members of the Better Business Bureau in good standing.
If you are interested in speaking with one of our private drum teachers, private bass teachers, private guitar teachers, private violin/viola teachers or private piano teachers in Somerset and the surrounding areas, contact us for further details. Our program is very flexible with no long term commitments. We make it easy to start private music lessons in your home and you can start at any time.
B&B Music Lessons. Because Music Matters.
Baltimore County Private Guitar Teacher now Available!
We are thrilled to introduce a new guitar teacher to our Baltimore County guitar students. Randy Jennings is just recently graduated from Towson University and is teaching guitar lessons for in home students. Although he is still young, we are confident that his enthusiasm and genuine good nature is sure to win both you and your children over.
Randy has been studying the guitar privately with Steve Herberman as well as music theory with Victor Dvoskin, the world renowned bassist from Russia. Randy has taught private music lessons to children from the ages of 8 to 13, as well as a few of his peers. Randy’s B&B students have shown great progress with their guitar lessons and we are confident that you will be as well. In fact we guarantee your satisfaction. If you are not happy with your first lesson, we will credit your invoice for the full amount.
Randy is currently teaching in home guitar lessons on Mondays and Thursdays and has openings for additional guitar students on Tuesdays and Saturdays. His preferred areas are Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City.
Contact B&B Music Lessons for scheduling and additional information.
B&B Music Lessons provides bass, drum, guitar, violin and piano lessons in Cabin John, Maryland. We have been the premier provider of private in home music lessons in Cabin John, MD since 2005. Our teachers have been personally interviewed and approved by the owners of B&B to teach in the comfort of the homes of our students.
We understand that you want to be comfortable with any teacher that is teaching music lessons at your house in Cabin John. That is why we are extremely careful regarding the music instructors that we add to our roster. They are reliable, courteous and friendly and of course they work well with children. We are members of the Better Business Bureau in good standing.
If you are interested in speaking with one of our private drum teachers, private bass teachers, private guitar teachers, private violin/viola teachers or private piano teachers in Cabin John and the surrounding areas, contact us for further details. Our program is very flexible with no long term commitments. We make it easy to start private music lessons in your home and you can start at any time.
B&B Music Lessons. Because Music Matters.
Thanks for visiting us online! We hope you are having a wonderful holiday so far. We want to help bring the joy of music into your home in 2010. Please visit our “home” link to learn more about our “at home” private music lesson service. We are here to help connect you with one of the many fantastic music teachers in your immediate area.
Our teachers can accommodate lessons on many instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums and several string instruments. Please enjoy clicking around our web site to see what we are about. When you’re ready to find a teacher simply click on one of the many “contact” buttons anywhere on our page and let us take care of the rest.
Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays!
Brad & Bhagwan
Owners, B&B Music Lessons
Music: Physically, Emotionally, Academically, Socially
How music supports the development of children in these categories:
These are four important aspects of all of our lives. Music education enhances and supports the development of each of these important fields.
- Physically: Playing an instrument or singing promotes an awareness of the body. Breath, posture, overall physical awareness is cultivated through the practice of music.
- Academically: There is an abundance of research in this regard, and it is frequently the primary reason that parents enroll their children in private music lessons. One test showed that 2nd graders who took private music lessons showed an average of a 27% higher score in math tests.
- Socially: Participating in an orchestra or a rock band enhances the social awareness of children. Children who progress musically also feel more confident in life, knowing that they can accomplish their goals.
- Emotionally: Music is an art form and every child should be given the chance to search for their emotional outlet. Feel free to let your child explore more than one instrument over the course of their childhood. Sometimes it takes a bit of exploration before the right instrument is discovered.
One important factor to keep in mind while practicing a musical instrument is that consistency and accuracy are the most important points to focus on. This applies to drums, guitar, bass, piano and all other instruments.
Lets say that you can play a piece perfectly 9 out of 10 times. So you’re feeling pretty good about that, right? Well, imagine if you have a 5 piece band and everyone plays the piece 90% correct. Well, the percentage of overall accuracy just went down substantially. Or if you imagine that each person in a big band or symphony plays his or her piece correctly 90% of the time. Now the overall percentage drops dramatically!
Therefore, it is best that you can play your required piece closer to 98% or 99% correctly on a regular basis. The main thing here is that you focus your attention while practicing so that you get the most out of your practice time because the standard for performing in a group is pretty high!
Keep practicing… “Because Music Matters”!