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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Music Lessons for Valentine’s Day

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Stuck on what to get your loved one for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and everyone buys the typical flowers, chocolate and jewelry.? Music lessons may be the perfect gift for your significant other who loves to sing in the shower, or your son who plays the air guitar along to the radio.? Valentine’s Day is the day to give gifts to show people they are special to you, and music lessons could be that perfect gift.

This Valentine’s Day, show your loved ones that you think outside the box and give them the gift of music!

Music lessons with Lesson Match are easy and convenient because our instructors come to your home on your time. To have a Valentine’s Day gift card sent to that special someone, or to schedule music lessons, contact Lesson Match. Our Lesson Coordinator does all the work, so you just need to let us know when you?re available and what lesson you want to learn, and we take care of the rest.

This year give a Valentine’s Day gift that will stay with someone for a lifetime!

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Simple Ways to Introduce Children to Music

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Children love learning about new things, it?s part of being a kid.

Parents can effortlessly introduce their children to music in a way that makes it fun for them.

Here are a few things to try as a family, to introduce children to the world of music.

1.?Listen to music in the car.? Help shape your child?s music tastes by playing different types of music around them (including classical).? Play a different type of music each time you?re in the car.? Eventually they will grow to love all kinds of music.

2.?Take them to concerts.? Children love adventures and new things, so take them to a concert for the time and make it a big deal.? Get dressed up and go to dinner before, maybe explaining the premise of the concert/musical.? Then stop on the way home after the concert for a snack and see what your child thought of the performance.? What was their favorite piece?? Was there anything they really liked or didn?t like?? Many student and community groups put on free concerts, so this doesn?t have to be a costly event.

3.?Have your child play in front of people.? At holidays or other events, have your child play something they are confident playing.? Everyone loves entertainment and this will give your child a great confidence boost and help him/her overcome any stage fright.

4.?Have a musical movie night.? Go out and rent one of your favorite musicals and introduce it to your family.? Then make some popcorn and get the whole family together for a movie night.? This will create the sense that music is family time and will introduce your children to a whole new kind of cinema.

There are tons of other ways to introduce children to music, just make it fun!

Check out our other posts about introducing children to music
Introducing Children to Classical Music
Introduce Music to Young Children

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10 Foods and Drinks Not to Consume Before a Vocal Performance

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Eating before a performance (not right before) is definitely necessary. You don?t want to be on stage hungry under hot bright lights and get lightheaded.

However, there are definitely a few food and drinks to avoid a few hours (or the day) before a performance.

1. Milk! Milk tops the list of drinks to not consume before a performance because milk is thick. Milk causes phlegm and mucus in your throat, which will lead to coughing and clearing your throat while on stage.

2. Carbonated beverages. Stick clear of carbonation right before a performance because carbonation fills your stomach with air and irritates it. Most singers stick with water before, during and after a performance.

3. Citrus fruit or juices. Citrus fruit is highly acidic which can not only cause un upset stomach, but will dry your throat out. Have you ever had orange juice when you had a sore throat and felt the burn? That is definitely not good for vocal cords.

4. Anything ice-cold. Most people know that heat expands and cold contracts and this goes for your body too. If you drink a glass of ice water right before a performance, it can constrict your throat making it difficult to sing and have a great performance.

5. Spicy foods. Spicy foods are a throat and stomach irritants.

6. Alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates your body and your throat. You wont be able to perform to the best of your abilities if you?re dehydrated. That?s why performers always have water with them during a performance.

7. Heavy food. Heavy foods are ones that make you feel full, like high carbohydrate fobs because they will make breathing techniques more difficult to do.

8. Caffeinated drinks. Caffeine dries out your throat and mouth and should be avoided before a performance.

9. Peanut butter or any other dry foods. Like I said above, hydration is vital to a great singing performance. Peanut butter and crackers are dry foods and will only dry out your mouth and throat.

10. You know your body, so stay away from food that irritate, dehydrate or upset your throat and body.

For more tips on a great vocal performance, contact Lesson Match.

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Benefits Of In Home Music Lessons

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Parents interested in signing their children up for music lessons, may have a difficult decision to make as to whether or not to travel to a studio for lessons or to have in home music lessons.

Here are some of the benefits of in home music lessons.

1.? Probably the most obvious benefit is convenience.? It?s incredibly convenient to have an instructor come to your home for a half hour (or however long the lesson is) to teach a lesson and then leave.? In home music lessons can be squeezed in right after school before homework, or between homework and dinner, the possibilities are ended.? In home music lessons are ideal for busy parents that don?t have the time to waste 20+ minutes driving to and from lessons.

2.? Parents can become involved.? Typically in a studio, the student and teacher are the only people in the room.? With in home music lessons, parents can observe and learn tips to help their child practice.

3.? Students retain information better when they are able to practice and have lessons in the same designated area.? That way they are able to visualize the lesson and revert to that during practice time.

4.? Students are always prepared for in home music lessons.? Think about all the times you are rushing to get somewhere and you forget something.? This happens all the time with studio lessons.? Parents and students are rushing to get to the lesson and a lesson book or part of the instrument is forgotten at home.? This would never happen with in home music lessons because all the materials are at the lesson area.

5.? In home music lessons may seem more expensive, but are they really?? Think about the time and gas money it takes to drive to the studio, drop off your student, drive around until the lesson is finished (unless you?d like to wait bored at the studio for the duration of the lesson), then drive back to the studio to pick up the student and finally drive home.? In home lessons cost a little more in the beginning, but think about the gas money you?ll be saving by not having to drive anywhere? (especially if you drive an SUV).

For information on private in home music lessons with Lesson Match, call now!

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Is Karaoke Bad for a Singing Voice?

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At one point in most people?s lives, they?ll be forced to get up at an event and sing karaoke.

For some people this is an incredibly enjoyable activity?usually for the people who either don?t care what others think or have an awesome singing voice (that?s where singing lessons come in).? For other, karaoke is a terrifying experience and they would prefer to sit on the sidelines and watch (click for some performance tips).? The main question people will ask about karaoke is, ?how was my singing??, most people don?t even think to ask if karaoke is bad for them?

Here are some ways to be sure karaoke does not damage your singing voice.

1.? Warm up!? A professional singer would never go to a gig, let alone practice, without warming up first.? Performers must practice before singing or serious damage can occur to their vocal cords.? If you aren?t able to warm up at the club, take a few minutes before leaving for the night and warm up your singing voice.? A quick pre-outing warm up would be working on breathing techniques and then singing through some scales.

2.? Keep hydrated!? Drink plenty of water the day of your karaoke outing as well as at the event.? Water is the best way to keep yourself hydrated and your vocal cords need the liquid to keep lubricated in order to sing.? It?s fine to drink alcohol during a karaoke event, but make sure to keep a glass of water near by (remember alcohol dehydrates you).

3.? Rest!? Take a break between songs and listen to the other performers.? Resist the urge to hoot and holler at the other performers.? Yelling and even talking after a performance is not advised, as your voice needs a rest.

For more karaoke or singing tips, call Lesson Match to speak with a vocal instructor.

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