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Great Start, Hortons Creek! Now, Let’s Keep Our Success Going

October 6th, 2020 · No Comments

Our first week of Hortons Creek Band is complete, and both bands are building a foundation for an excellent year of music-making. Now, our job as parents and teachers is to keep that success going. Here are 3 things you can do this week to support your child’s musical growth: 1. Find a place and [...]

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Music Reading Challenges…And How Parents Can Help

August 20th, 2020 · No Comments

This week at Alston Ridge and Parkside, our band students are beginning the process of learning to read music! Reading music can be challenging for young musicians; fortunately, there are many ways that parents can help make it easier. One great way to help your children is to understand the difficulties they’re facing as they [...]

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Summer: A HOT Time to Grow Musically!

May 30th, 2020 · No Comments

After a long year of playing in band class, many kids are tempted to stuff their instruments in the closet on the last day of school and leave them there until fall. Unfortunately, forgetting about one’s instrument over the summer can lead to needless frustration down the road. In this article, you’ll learn why summer [...]

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Use It, Don’t Lose It! How to Maintain Your Practice Over the Holidays

December 1st, 2019 · No Comments

The winter holidays can be a great time to kick back and enjoy relaxing with friends and family. However, if we forget to include practice in our holiday plans, it can be all too easy to lose all the musical skills we’ve worked to develop this year in band! Here are four things you can [...]

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A Band Parent on the Benefits of Music Education

October 27th, 2019 · No Comments

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Especially for Hortons Creek: Music Reading Challenges

October 20th, 2019 · No Comments

This week at Hortons Creek, our band students are beginning the process of learning to read music! Reading music can be challenging for young musicians; fortunately, there are many ways that parents can help make it easier. One great way to help your children is to understand the difficulties they’re facing as they learn to [...]

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Concert Coming Up – What Should I Do?

October 15th, 2019 · No Comments

It’s hard to believe, but our first concert of the year is coming up next month! For those of us who have never experienced a band concert before, it may be tough to know how to help our children get prepared. Even Continuing Band families may feel a little rusty on concert prep, since we [...]

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Why Music Matters

September 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

All band kids and parents should hear this wonderful recording! Here, composer and music educator Jack Stamp shows us exactly why music education enriches the lives of our children. Enjoy!

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Top Beginner Troubles – And How You Can Help!

September 15th, 2019 · No Comments

The early weeks of Beginning Band are some of the toughest of a child’s musical career. Although students’ musical abilities tend to grow by leaps and bounds during during these early days, there are still some stubborn challenges that can frustrate even the most patient young musicians. Here are some challenges that your child might [...]

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Four Steps to Excellent Music Reading

August 25th, 2019 · No Comments

At this point in the year, all our band students at Alston Ridge and Parkside are reading musical notation. The beginners are just getting started, learning to decipher the written notes and translate them into correct fingerings and lip positions on their instruments. On the other hand, the already-fluent readers in the Continuing Band are [...]

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