Learning Music at Home: How to Motivate Kids to Practice On Their Own

Child practices her guitar at home before a music lesson at Elite Music Academy in North York

Getting kids to practice their musical instrument can be a struggle. While some kids pick up their instrument without having to be told, others need constant reminding. Some parents resort to bribes and threats of taking away screen time or not signing up for lessons anymore. But bribing and nagging children to practice would onlyContinue Reading

That Time My Amp Exploded on Stage and How It Affected My Musical Career

Guitar Amp Exploding

Back in grade eight, I was well known in school for my piano skills. Kids would ask me to play “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis every music class. I was constantly showing off. One day, the school music teacher asked me if I’d like to solo something cool for the year-end concert.Continue Reading

Music Lessons Can Help Children with ADHD and Autism

We’ve written about the benefits of music lessons for kids with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and the potential musical genius of autistic children before. While these benefits are common knowledge among music teachers and well-informed parents, a new study helps us understand exactly how the brain changes and where these new fibre connections are occurring.Continue Reading