How To Cure the Practice Problem: Part One



I conducted a survey asking parents three questions pertaining to their attitudes and expectations of music lessons in relation to other enrichment activities (i.e. team sports, karate, and dance). What I learned is that parents judge their child’s success in music with different criteria than all other enrichment activities. When it came to sports or … Continue reading “How To Cure the Practice Problem: Part One”

The Benefits of 60 Minute Music Lessons

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The Benefits of 60 Minute Music Lessons   Most music studios offer either 30 minute or hour long music lessons. These two lesson types each make for a completely different experience.  Younger children with shorter attention spans are better suited for 30-minute music lessons.  Older children tend to be better at focusing,  listening and sticking … Continue reading “The Benefits of 60 Minute Music Lessons”

Deciding Between Private or Group Lessons

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We are frequently asked our opinion on which is better between private or group lessons. The short answer is that there is no one right answer. But the reality is, there are benefits to your child’s musical and overall development in both. And many times, when kids participate in both, we’ve seen it have an … Continue reading “Deciding Between Private or Group Lessons”

What is a Good Age to Start Taking Lessons?



Is Your Child Ready for Music Lessons? One of the most popular questions I get from parents is at what age should I start my child’s music education? One of the most important aspects of a child’s music education is to understand what the goal of the lesson is. Children ages 2-3 (toddler) can grasp some very … Continue reading “What is a Good Age to Start Taking Lessons?”

Quick singing lesson exercise

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Rock school vocal instructor Emmoe Doniz provides a quick singing lesson in this short video. She shares a quick tip with this singing exercise to warm up your vocal chords and improve vocal accuracy. In this video, she will lead you through a few quick exercises from Page 17 of the “Sightsinging” vocal instruction booklet. … Continue reading “Quick singing lesson exercise”

Do video games positively effect musical development?

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By Matt Maher, Music Instructor I have learned from several of my students that they spend about two hours playing video games almost every day. This is quite a decent chunk of time in someone’s day to spend on leisurely activities. Therefore, we have to assess what the value of playing a music video game … Continue reading “Do video games positively effect musical development?”

St. Louis rock music summer camp returns for 2016

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Dave Simon’s Rock School summer camp is back for its 12th year offering a rock and roll summer camp for teens, middle schoolers and elementary-age children in St. Louis. The music school places campers into rock bands as they spend they work with a music professional recording a CD and rehearsing for an end-of-session concert. Campers will receive lessons on their instrument … Continue reading “St. Louis rock music summer camp returns for 2016”

Purchasing a Beginner Electric Guitar

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When purchasing an electric guitar for a beginner most parents would like to save some money. It is important to see if your child is going to stick with his or her musical journey. Searching for a guitar as someone who knows nothing about guitars can be a daunting task. When I speak to parents … Continue reading “Purchasing a Beginner Electric Guitar”

Kidzrock Licensing Expands



It’s Sean Stone’s job to teach little kids how to “rock out.” Having fun and learning basic music skills is the goal of the Kidzrock program Stone directs through Halpin Music Company. Two bands of four showed off the skills they learned in the eight-week course at a concert Sunday afternoon in the Riverbender Community … Continue reading “Kidzrock Licensing Expands”

How to Choose a Piano



Should I Purchase or Rent a Piano? So your child just started piano lessons at Dave Simon’s Rock School and you’d like to buy a piano to practice, but you’re overwhelmed by the choices out there. If you’re looking at acoustic pianos, there are fewer things to consider: -Upright vs Baby Grand/Grand Piano: do you … Continue reading “How to Choose a Piano”

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