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Many great musicians are guitar players, so guitar students can draw inspiration from a rich history of excellent musicianship. What are some of the reasons that the guitar remains such a popular instrument for students of all ages?
Guitar is popular both as a solo instrument and is a fundamental part of a band. Guitar players are able to play with other musicians in a group setting and the guitar is also enjoyable to play and hear on its own. Students can play the melody of a guitar riff or solo, as well as the harmonies of any song. Depending on the interests of the individual, guitar students can work on playing and singing at the same time.
The guitar is a versatile instrument: the guitar is portable and almost any style of music can be learned and played on the guitar. Guitar students can explore different types of songs and genres in order to find the music that best inspires them.
The ability to read music is a valuable skill for any music student. When learning to read music, beginning students become familiar with individual notes and symbols and learn how to play them on their instrument. Music students also learn how to recognize patterns and shapes of the melodies written on the page. It is important for parents to help beginning students with music reading during their practice at home.
To practice individual notes, you can ask your child to name the notes of the song he/she is working on and show you how each note is played on their instrument. Flashcards are another great way to practice notes and music symbols.
To help students work on identifying musical patterns, you can ask your child to describe the music as the notes move higher, lower or stay the same. For a fun activity, have your child draw the melody using ups and downs like a roller-coaster.
An electronic keyboard is often the perfect choice for a beginning piano student. Compared with upright or grand pianos, keyboards are more affordable, take up less space, and have technology applications that are appealing to students of all ages. Below are tips for purchasing a keyboard provided by music educator and pianist Theresa Gigante:
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Every voice lesson is different based on the unique style of the voice teacher and is tailored to the individual needs of the student. In general, voice lessons usually consist of two main parts: vocal exercises and time devoted to working on songs.
Most voice lessons will begin with warm-up exercises. The teacher will lead the student through exercises that move higher or lower in the voice student’s range. Students focus on different breathing techniques and pronunciation of different syllables and sounds. The exercise session is not only important for warming up the student’s voice, but also learning new skills that will carry over into the songs that the student is singing.
The second part of the lesson is usually spent working on songs. Many students will have specific songs and genres that they will want to learn. The voice teacher can also suggest appropriate songs that will fit with the student’s skill level and vocal range. During this part of the lesson students will work on learning the lyrics and melody, as well as techniques that will improve how the student sings the song.
We enjoyed this Parents Magazine article about the benefits of music education.