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2. MTLA Articles:"Three Powerful Ways to Motivate Summertime Music Practice" featured in LA Parent magazine.
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Refer a friend and get $50 for each student who will sign up with us AND your friend will get $25 OFF First 4 Music Lessons (piano, voice, violin, guitar, drum, or woodwinds) when he or she register by August 15, 2015.
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“Three Powerful Ways to Motivate Summertime Music Practice” by Olesya MacNeil, published in LA Parent on July 7, 2015

As a teacher, I am frequently asked how to encourage children to practice during summer break and school holidays.  Some experts believe children who do not practice (or rarely practice) during summer will need one additional month of practice to recover their skill at the end of the holiday.

So, what can you do?

Get involved.  Ask your child about the piece he or she is working on. Sit with your child and encourage her or him to practice one phrase at a time, polishing difficult prats. Set a specific number of  times to practice each piece. Play an instrument along with your child, or clap your hands along with your child as he or she plays.

Have fun! Play a game. Encourage your child to try new things, such as practicing with his or her eyes closed, or playing slow, then fast, quiet, then loud. Make up a holiday song together. Get physical by wiggling your head or dancing while you play.

Set a reasonable goal. We all need a holiday break, so determine how many days you would like your child to practice during the summer. If your child is learning to play piano and there is no piano on your family trip, then pack flash cards to practice music notation, play musical games to exercise your child’s knowledge of music theory, or buy a hand exerciser to strengthen your child’s fingers.

How many adults do you know who wish their parents had encouraged them to practice when they were children? Remember: No one regrets learning an instrument. Encourage your young musicians now, and they will thank you later.

Olesya MacNeil is the founder of Music Teacher LA, which provides in-home and in-studio music lessons (piano, voice, violin, guitar, drum and woodwinds) and piano tuning services in Los Angeles and the South Bay. Visit them at

Make a Percussion Shaker

You will need: 

  • Plastic lint roller handle
  • small beads or dry beans (we cut beads from the bead necklace)
  • plastic glue
  • shopstick or small peg
  • decorative duct tape

1. Make a small hole in the top center of the large end of the lint roller. Push the beads or dry beans into the cylinder.

2. Cut a tip off of the chopstick. Then put a dab of glue over the filling hole, stick the chopstick tip into the hole, & put another tiny dab of glue over it.

3. Glue the decorative duct tape around the cylinder.

Have fun! Cha-cha-cha!

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