July 13, 2021 | Music Education

By Joan Mankoff School’s out! That exclamation brings extra excitement for a fun and relaxing summer. But, of course, that means a “real” back to school is just around the corner! So now is the time to consider your child’s activities and equipment for the fall docket. Learning a new musical instrument is a great way to kick off the new school year. Let’s revisit why music is so beneficial to children and their overall development.

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June 16, 2021 | Music Activities & Events

Why 15? Because we’re so excited to honor our 15th anniversary, and we want to keep the music going through the summer! From live music outdoors at The deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum to family concerts presented by the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra—Salute to Disney and Jazz in the Park: Celebrating Great African-American Composers, the FreshGrass Music Festival, and creating your family's 30-Day Classical Music Challenge, you'll want to do all our 15 suggested activities!

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June 9, 2021 | Benefits of Music Education

Feeling confident! No matter the age, learning to play an instrument begins with listening to music, reading notes, and developing your technical skills and musicianship. Before long, you can play songs and feel good about where you are on your musical journey. Satisfaction attained, and a dose of confidence to keep you motivated to learn more.

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May 27, 2021 | Benefits of Music Education

Music has another superpower—the ability to help us learn languages. Musicians learn to hear the differences in pitch and rhythm, which may help them perceive intonations in spoken languages. We know that simply singing songs in various languages can also help young students learn a language. Think of the nursery rhyme, Frère Jacques. Music appears to help kids learn vocabulary and grammar skills and boosts brain activity.

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May 13, 2021 | Performance Prep

Got the performance jitters? No worries, our CCM faculty members provide what else you can you do to get ready for your recital performance beyond the necessary practicing. Undoubtedly, your audience—family, friends, and peers, will thoroughly enjoy your performance but we want you to revel in the experience too. You’ve chosen your recital piece. You’ve worked on each section and practiced it for hours. You’ve perfected the sound to evoke the feeling of the piece. Now you’re ready to settle your nerves down and get prepared to perform.

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April 22, 2021 | Student Spotlight

Motivations behind choosing an instrument can vary—from being influenced by family, friends, and teachers to their cultural backgrounds. Determining the correct instrument can mean the difference between a lifelong passion of playing or dropping lessons because of lack of interest and frustration. It can also mean achieving such fantastic success that it becomes a career.

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