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The Stage as a Classroom, Why Performing is Integral to Children's Music Education

Surprise Current and Alumni Musicians Ensemble 2024 Music education for children is not just about learning notes and rhythms; it's about fostering a deep appreciation for the art form and developing skills that go beyond mere technical proficiency. One vital aspect often overlooked is performance. Whether it's a solo recital, a school concert, or a community event, stepping onto the stage is a crucial component of a child's musical journey. In this blog post, we delve into why performing is an indispensable part of music study for children. Performing in front of an audience can be daunting, even for seasoned musicians, let alone children who are just starting their musical journey. However, it's precisely this challenge that helps build confidence. When a child prepares for a performance, they learn to manage their nerves, practice diligently, and present themselves with poise and assurance. These skills extend far beyond the stage, benefiting them in various aspects
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G at his First PIano Lesson When I first started teaching, there was only one other music study business in the same town.  While the one I was managing (and teaching group classes) was classical in style, the other was more rock based.  This was in the late 80's.  Ironically the other business was started  by another educator from our studio.   In our area, the only other child geared activities were Little League Baseball.   We were able to offer $5 playdate classes for our students on school closure days.  We had a huge Halloween Costume Party, Holiday Party and Solo Recitals.  Studio picnic and Masterclasses.   As the years passed, I noticed that more children activities were starting to be offered.  Martial Arts, Soccer, Gymnastics, Art.  Travel Teams.  More tutoring franchises.  Dance, which was ballet and tap now had many more options. Lots of things to pull children and parents in many directions.  I eventually opened my own studio when my Mentor retired.   For a few years,

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