Back to School

Back to School

Practice VS Homework?


It’s that time of year again!  I’m seeing photos pop up on Facebook and Instagram of my friends’ children ready for their first day of school — backpacks on, fresh new outfits, big smiles. And while these courageous kids may be a little nervous to tackle a new year, it’s often the parents who feel more overwhelmed when school starts up again... Read More


Where Can My Kid Play If There's No School Orchestra?


OK, so you’ve taken the plunge and started your child on a stringed instrument. They’ve practiced, gone to lessons, done group recitals, maybe even started playing in a school orchestra. But what if your school doesn’t have a string program?... Read More

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Music Extracurriculars & Life Balance


Living a balanced life. Easier said than done. I remember having a high school schedule totally inundated with an overabundance of extracurriculars, especially during my junior and senior years... Read More


Ensembles Large and Small: Try Them All!


I am a huge fan of ensembles. The elementary school that I went to offered a strings class to 5th and 6th graders. I was excited to play the violin and then the cello. My favorite part of the entire class, though, was getting to work towards a common goal with my classmates... Read More