Choosing the right instrument for your child is an exciting yet important decision that can shape their musical journey for years to come. At My Little Conservatory, we understand the significance of this choice and are here to provide guidance to parents navigating this process.

  1. piano lessons for kidsListen and Explore: Encourage your child to listen to a variety of musical instruments and genres. Exposing them to different sounds from an early age can help them develop preferences and interests. Take them to concerts, music shops, or watch online performances together to explore the sounds of various instruments.
  2. Observe and Identify: Pay attention to your child’s natural inclinations and reactions when they listen to different instruments. Do they light up when they hear the strumming of a guitar or the tinkling of a piano? Notice which instruments capture their attention and evoke emotional responses.
  3. Consider Personality and Physicality: Take into account your child’s personality traits and physical characteristics when selecting an instrument. For example, a child who is outgoing and energetic may thrive with a dynamic instrument like the drums, while a more introspective child may gravitate towards the soothing tones of a violin or flute. Additionally, consider the size and physical requirements of the instrument in relation to your child’s age and stature.
  4. Consult with Experts: Seek guidance from music educators or instructors who can offer valuable insights based on their expertise and experience working with children. At My Little Conservatory, our knowledgeable staff can provide personalized recommendations tailored to your child’s interests, abilities, and developmental stage.
  5. Trial and Error: Allow your child the opportunity to try out different instruments through our Level 5 Class or our instrument specific Introductory Classes. Hands-on experience is essential for determining compatibility and fostering enthusiasm. Be patient and supportive as your child explores their options and discovers which instrument resonates with them the most.

Ultimately, the key to choosing the right instrument for your child is to prioritize their interests, preferences, and individuality. By listening to various instruments and observing your child’s reactions, you can identify the sounds that resonate with them and guide them towards an instrument that ignites their passion for music.

At My Little Conservatory, we are dedicated to helping parents and children embark on a rewarding musical journey together. Whether your child is drawn to the gentle melodies of a piano or the rhythmic beats of a drum, we’re here to support their musical exploration and nurture their love for music from an early age.

As parents, we all want our children to excel and find joy in their extracurricular activities, including music lessons. However, what happens when our child expresses that they’re not having fun in their private music lessons? It can be disheartening, but it’s important not to let them give up. Here’s why and what you can do to help.

Firstly, it’s crucial to understand that learning music is not always easy. It’s akin to learning a new language—a language of notes, rhythms, and expression. Just like mastering any language, it takes time, perseverance, hard work, and dedication. It’s natural for students to encounter challenges along the way, but these challenges are part of the learning process.

When your child is feeling discouraged or not enjoying their music lessons, it’s essential to provide them with support and encouragement. Instead of letting them give up, reassure them that it’s okay to find certain aspects of learning difficult. Encourage them to keep practicing and remind them of the progress they’ve made so far.

Here are some ways parents can help children through difficult times in their music lessons:

  1. Open Communication: Talk to your child about their feelings regarding their music lessons. Understand their concerns and frustrations, and offer your support and guidance.
  2. Set Realistic Expectations: Help your child understand that progress in music takes time. Set realistic goals and celebrate small victories along the way.
  3. Practice Together: Get involved in your child’s music practice routine. Practice alongside them or listen to them play. This not only strengthens the bond between you and your child but also reinforces the importance of consistent practice.
  4. Encourage Exploration: Encourage your child to explore different genres of music or instruments if they’re feeling uninspired. Sometimes, a change of pace can reignite their passion for music.
  5. Celebrate Progress: Celebrate milestones and improvements, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement boosts your child’s confidence and motivation.

It’s crucial to remember that private music lessons offer more than just musical skills. They also help develop essential soft skills such as discipline, focus, perseverance, and self-expression. These skills are invaluable and can benefit your child in various aspects of their life beyond music.

Ultimately, as parents, our role is to provide unwavering support and encouragement to our children, especially when they face challenges. By instilling a growth mindset and fostering a love for music, we empower our children to overcome obstacles and thrive in their musical journey. So, let’s encourage our children to embrace the challenges, knowing that with dedication and perseverance, they can achieve greatness in music and beyond. Your private music instructor is here to help! Please reach out to us if you need support!

At My Little Conservatory, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse and comprehensive piano program designed to cater to the needs and interests of young musicians. Whether your child is just starting their musical journey or looking to further their skills, we have something for everyone. Let’s explore the exciting offerings available at MLC:

piano lessons for kids 6-9 yearsPrivate Piano Lessons

Our private piano lessons offer tailored instruction to match your child’s unique needs and learning pace. With weekly sessions available in either 20-minute or 30-minute increments, students benefit from focused attention provided by our skilled instructors. Beyond mastering musical skills, our lessons cultivate important life skills such as discipline, perseverance, and time management as children explore rhythm and melody. Furthermore, the one-on-one interaction with our instructors nurtures confidence and self-expression, empowering your child to unleash their creativity. Whether they’re beginners or intermediate players, our year-round enrollment guarantees ongoing growth and progress.

Semester-Based Group Piano Classes

For those who thrive in a collaborative environment, our semester-based group piano classes offer an excellent opportunity to learn and grow alongside peers. With sessions running from September to December and January to April, students participate in weekly 45-minute classes focused on building a solid foundation in piano playing. From playing their first songs to developing important social skills through ensemble playing, our group classes provide a supportive and engaging learning experience.

4-Week Summer Introductory Piano Classes

Looking to dip your toes into the world of piano without a long-term commitment? Our 4-week summer introductory piano classes are the perfect solution. Designed for children aged 4 to 6.5 years, these short sessions offer a glimpse into formal piano lessons. Led by our experienced instructors, students explore the topography of the keyboard, learn basic note reading skills, and dive into rhythmic notation. With sessions available in June, July, and August, there’s plenty of opportunities to join the fun.

Explore the Joy of Making Music

At MLC, we believe that every child has the potential to become a skilled and passionate musician. Whether they’re tickling the ivories for the first time or honing their skills for an upcoming recital, we’re here to support and inspire them every step of the way. Ready to embark on a melodic adventure? Contact us today to learn more about our piano program and schedule a trial lesson. Let’s unlock the musical potential within your child together!

Trying to figure out which instrument your child will like? Our highly engaging 4-Week Summer Introductory Classes give your wee one a glimpse into our more formal lessons and group classes. This short 4-week session will introduce your child to the instrument, basic note reading skills, rhythmic notation, and more! Our teachers are skilled in providing engaging and fun musical experiences for our young, budding musicians. We have Introductory classes in piano, singing, guitar and ukulele. Each 4-week session focuses on one specific instrument. No homework is assigned and therefore no need to purchase an instrument for at home use.

  • 45 minute classes
  • Group Class (7 students max)
  • 4-week sessions
  • $103 for the 4-week session
  • Session 1: June to July Session 2:  July to August Session 3: August to September

Enrollment begins March 1st.

Are you wondering if your child is “ready” for private lessons at My Little Conservatory? We have several readiness benchmarks that you can use to help you decide if your child is ready to start lessons. Check out our readiness benchmarks below. Read more

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Often, first time parents what to know about the curriculum that we use for our littlest pianists (ages 4-5). We often get questions like: “What will my child be learning?” or “Will it be too difficult for them?” Watch the video below to get all answers to all of these questions and more!

Wondering what our studio looks like? Come on a virtual tour and see the beautiful backdrop for our magical music classes.

So much of American popular music comes from or has been influenced by African-American culture. Ragtime is a fun one to get to know with your children. Ragtime brings together the polyrhythms (two rhythms played at the same time) of African music and the march beats made popular by John Philip Sousa. It enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918. It gets its name from its syncopated or “ragged” rhythm.

Here are a few ragtime favorites that you should get to know.

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