Author Archives: MusicAdmin

How to Create a Musical Environment at Home

Whether you’ll be outdoor-schooling, pod-schooling, home-schooling, or regular indoor-schooling, your kids will likely be at home more than they usually are this fall. All those extracurricular activities that have been called off or playdates with people outside your pod that you won’t be doing, all the playgrounds and children’s museums you won’t be going to—it […]

How to Incorporate Music Into Home/Pod/Boots-on-the-Ground Schooling this Fall

It’s still the peak of summer, and a lovely, sticky 98 degrees outside in NYC, but you have probably been wondering what your fall is going to look like. It’s not an easy question. Will you be homeschooling? Pod-schooling? Braving the boots-on-the-ground schooling? The uncertainty around the fall and what we are all supposed to […]

Music & Screentime; or, How Not to Freak Out about Your Child’s Screen Habits During Quarantine

Musication’s Virtual Lessons Program has been going strong and will continue through the summer. We’ve heard from parents that it’s been a great way to keep their kids’ routines going through the quarantine, offering them something relatively low-stress to look forward to and prepare for each week, and also giving them the opportunity to engage […]

Celebrating Black Lives, Music & Excellence

I don’t have many words of wisdom or comfort in these trying times we find ourselves in. Mainly I’m filled with questions: How do we enact lasting change so that we don’t have to confront these egregious racist actions on a daily basis, even during a national lockdown? How do we heal? How do we […]

The Power of Music: Getting Through These Times with the Help & Healing of Music

Week 7 of coronavirus shutdown. Life has changed so quickly, and in a way that was probably unimaginable even at the beginning of March. Whether you’re homeschooling, working remotely, have been laid off, or are an essential or healthcare worker putting in those terrifying hours day-in and day-out—you are likely stressed. You are likely struggling […]

Building Community and Resisting Isolation Through Music

As we grow more and more isolated, each of us enveloped in our own social media, entertainment, political and work bubbles, we get more and more depressed, disconnected, and prone to conflict. It’s now common knowledge that social media, the technology ostensibly developed to “bring people closer together,” in fact alienates people from each other. […]

Musical Diversity as Human Diversity

It’s hard not to open up the news these days–or reach out to your conservative cousin–and be filled with a paralyzing sense of horror and dread. People seem to be retreating ever further into their own little tribal groups. Republicans vs. Democrats; The 1% vs. Working People. And this is to say nothing of the […]

Molding Minds: Music in the Early Childhood Classroom

If you’ve ever had any involvement with preschools–whether as a teacher, a parent, or even if you can reach back all those years to your own preschool experience–you’ve probably realized just how big a role music plays in the classroom. From greeting children in the mornings and sending them off in the afternoons, to signaling […]

The Importance of Practicing

You’ve signed your child up for regular piano (or bass, guitar, voice or any other type of music) lessons. Congratulations! They are already on their way to enjoying so many of the benefits of learning a musical instrument. But it doesn’t stop there. In order to reap these benefits, your child will have to practice. A regular practice […]