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Dance and Music Lessons for Kids and Adults Myriad Music

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Learn more about the benefits for you at our Music School & Dance Academy – a Peninsula favorite since 1997!

If you are looking for music lessons, music classes or dance classes on the Peninsula, you have come to the right place. The Myriad Music School has taught thousands of students since it was established in 1997. Our school provides a magical staircase approach to curriculum, ensuring success and confidence in all music and dance skills, from our youngest to our most mature students We offer music lessons in piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, voice, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, string ensembles, children’s chorus, glee singers, preschool music classes, young musicians foundations and more! Our Dance Academy offers a quality dance program ~ for all of your children’s performing arts activities at one location! We have dance classes and music lessons at a variety of times so that you can book classes for different children at the same time to save you hours of driving and waiting time.

Call us today or drop by our music and dance academy and you will see why more families in San Mateo, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Belmont, Foster City, Redwood Shores and San Carlos trust us for performing arts instruction each year more than any other school.

During your Summer Break

During the summer break

We encourage our students to take it easy but it can be quite a shock to stop playing all together for three weeks and then suddenly pick back up where you left off. Even playing 1 scale or doing a run-through of your performance piece is helpful.

You can also try to pick out the melody of your favorite pop song! Give your fine-motor skills and your brain this short-term visit together instead of creating a long length of time between practice sessions/lessons. This keeps your skills alive, rather than starting all over again in the fall. 

Singing on Pitch

When learning to sing on pitch, each child takes in the information and processes it differently.

Each lesson is carefully crafted to give the kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners opportunities to experience the lesson through their strongest learning style. Hearing the two pitches sung, singing the pitches themselves, associating the two pitches with a familiar song, and moving their hands up and down while they sing are perfect examples of how one activity reaches each learning style.

 

When a child experiences success through their dominant learning style, they gain confidence and learning is strengthened and accelerated. In the music class environment, they grow in their ability to sing through all ways of learning.

 

Audiation

Audiation is the ability to hear music when no musical sound is present. When you audiate, you have internalized music and are “thinking” music. While progressively omitting the lyrics in a song they have learned, children are given the opportunity to audiate.
Some children may spontaneously “fill in the blanks” by singing the missing music. Regardless of the response, this is an opportunity to engage the children’s music listening and thinking skills.

How To Be a Powerful Performer

1.Confidence- put on your super hero mask and do the “power pose,” even if you don’t feel confident. You may be surprised at how you feel afterward.

2.Take a bow- it is so important to give a good bow after your performance. Remember that you are thanking the audience for listening. We practice this a lot during Workshop Week, but practice at home too!

3.Have fun! You are sharing a unique talent that showcases YOU and who you have become through music. Enjoy it!

Happy Workshop Week from the Myriad Music and Dance Team!

Build Highways in your Brain!

Piano Lessons Myriad Music School

Piano Practice

Practicing a new skill is hard. Sometimes it feels impossible and can be very discouraging. Luckily, Myriad Music School is here to bring you some good news.

The reason learning a new skill (specifically an instrument) is hard is because you are building new pathways in your brain. We call these “Lighting Bolt Highways”. When you are practicing something new between your 2 hands, or with your feet, you are sending lighting bold messages across the 2 hemispheres of your brain. This creates new highways for the information to travel along.

In order for this information to last for your whole lifetime you have to send that message across 10,000 times! See how amazing you are by just sitting down to practice?

Bowing on your Violin

Bowing: Practice long up and down bow strokes the full length of the bow. Make sure the bow hair is flat on the string and stays a consistent distance from the bridge. Notice how you hold the bow in your hand and how your wrist and arm allow you to apply more weight on the string to increase the sound volume.

Practice Tempo

When learning a new piece, make your practice tempo slower than you think it should be. Give yourself time to navigate new finger numbers, chord shapes, articulation, dynamics, and hand shifts before playing your piece at it’s intended tempo. You will avoid frustration in practice as well as falling back into bad habits if you play slow and focused.

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