Music Education

Time To Win Free Music Lessons!

We’re so excited to announce a giveaway!

This month at Tiny Village Music, we’re giving away a series of 4 free, half-hour lessons for guitar, ukulele, piano or voice, ages 5 & up (or 9 & up for voice). The series is to be used by one person and expires in twelve months.

This offer is valid for new students and for students who’ve never done an online lesson with us.

How To Enter To Win:
Like Tiny Village Music on Facebook. Then,
Share our raffle post on Facebook and
1. Set it to public
2. Answer the question “Why would you like to win?”
3. Tag two friends who might enjoy free lessons!

Further instructions are posted on our Facebook page, so head there and enter today. The deadline is April 15, 2019, midnight EST. You can also enter on Instagram, but you’ll need the instructions posted on Facebook.

Have your friends and family share it and increase the odds that one of you will win!

Have fun, and good luck.

Music Education, Practice Tips

Developing Great Practice Habits

Anyone who picks up an instrument probably has some ambitious expectations about what they’re going to play. That is awesome and keeping those big goals in mind can be a good thing. But there are branches off the road to those goals that can lead to discouragement. With that in mind, I want to talk about practice habits and expectations of our practice.

Structure Your Practice Sessions

Most of us don’t have as much time as we’d like to practice. That just means we have to make the most of the time that we do have. Maybe you can only squeeze in 20 minutes of practice a day. Rather than sifting through your notes, playing a little of this and a little of that, having a schedule will help you focus on spending that 20 minutes wisely. For example, 5 minutes warming up with scales, 5 minutes practicing technique, 5 minutes working on your main goal song, and 5 minutes of free play to wind down. Use a timer! It’s amazing how fast 20 minutes flies by and it’s not uncommon to run out of time before you’ve even started!

Don’t Compare Yourself To People On The Internet

I have students who will tell me about someone they saw online playing the song they are currently working on SO FAST or simply WITHOUT A MISTAKE. YouTube is a fantastic resource for tutorials, examples, or just to see what people are capable of achieving. It can be inspiring if you have a “if they can do it, so can I” attitude. But sometimes when we’re struggling with a piece, watching people “show off” can be frustrating. We can’t forget that other people also have to practice and most people aren’t on YouTube showing you how many times they had to play that measure to get it perfect. We don’t all learn at the same pace and if you only have 20 MINUTES a day to practice you can’t hold yourself to the same standard as someone who practices 4 HOURS a day. It’s easy to tell this to ourselves but that alone may not relieve the impulse. Be aware of yourself and take note of what helps and what just bums you out. And that brings us to:

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

You are awesome. You work hard at your craft, always looking for new ways to improve your musical competency because you know that learning never stops. That doesn’t mean we can’t occasionally celebrate the work we’ve done thus far. Go back through your notes, or into a previous lesson book. Find a piece that looks easy now but you remember at the time how intimidating it was. Crush that song. Feel it bend to your whim, swing it where it was never meant to be swung, throw in some embellishments on the repeat because it would be utterly boring if you didn’t. How far you’ve come. This is cake and it’s delicious. And that song you’re working on now? The big one with all those flats? Pretty soon that song will be cake too. It just needs a little more time.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s that time of year! Music is in the air, holiday lights and candles are sparkling, and children and adults are preparing to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and more. Ross and I have been recording some new music for gifts this holiday season, and we’ll be sharing videos in the coming weeks with some holiday music for all of you too. We’ve also been excited to promote our Holiday Special for new students.

Our students enjoy this time of year too. Many of them enjoy working on new holiday selections during December. We recommend that when you purchase a holiday book, you go with one that’s a little bit easier than your regular lesson book or studies. That way, you can sightread it (play it accurately on the first or second try) or at least learn it very quickly. No one wants to be struggling to finish learning a holiday tune in February!

There’s such diverse holiday music, in every style you can imagine. We’re making a playlist and it’s got everything from Nat King Cole to Kelly Clarkson on it! What do you like to listen to during the holidays?

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Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for visiting Tiny Village Music! We teach a variety of musical instruments, including voice, online, on your schedule and in a convenient location – your own home! Our teachers are professional musicians with extensive teaching experience. Owners Ross Malcolm Boyd and Jamie Feinberg also offer workshops & performances as they travel the country, with offerings in songwriting, musical theater, music technology and more. We specialize in creating custom lessons to fit your goals and interests.

We recently spent about six weeks in New Hampshire, where we taught a group ukulele class for older adults (for free, thanks to grant funding!) and offered performances for families, preschoolers, older adults and for general audiences. We plan to update our blog periodically with tips and information you might like to check out. Let us know what you’d like to see here, and we hope to hear from you soon!