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Are you looking for a way to get into showcase recitals or theater productions?

Ste Clair Music Studios recently had a showcase, Walts Wonderful World, recital and we are planning on doing another one in the near future!

Stay tuned for any announcements regard that, also keep in mind that your friends here at Ste. Clair Music Studios specializes in choirs, music theory, music theory lessons, voice lessons, and even guitar lessons!

If you or someone you know is interested, give us a call at (626) 967-7151
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If you guys weren't aware, Ste. Clair Music Studios is an accredited ABRSM International certification studio!

If you do not know what ABRSM stands for, it is Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

If you're going to take piano lessons, guitar lessons, vocal lessons, or music theory lessons from a music studio, make sure they are ABRSM certified like Ste. Clair Music Studios!
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How do you stimulate your children musical mind?

Do Short Musical Activities, Every Day!

This may seem obvious, and the rest of this post goes much deeper, but doing music often is important: try to make music a daily part of your child’s life, even if only for 5 to 10 minutes a day.

You can incorporate simple activities into your existing routines, such as playing music over the stereo or singing a song, while you feed your child or get them ready for bed. The point is to make a concerted effort to do some type of short musical activity, every day.

What do you do next?

Learn to Sing! Singing is the single best activity you can do to stimulate your child’s musical mind during their infant and toddler years. If you’re not comfortable singing, it’s okay (some of the activities below don’t involve singing), but I encourage you to try.

Your voice is the ideal instrument to engage your child musically: from an early age they naturally pay attention to your voice, they can respond with their own vocal sounds, and you can encourage them to sing by example.

http://benjaminmillam.com/music-education/how-to-stimulate-your-childs-musical-mind-birth-to-age-5/
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What age is too young to start music lessons?

Have you been thinking about enrolling your children in music lessons but don't know when the best time is?

Well you're in luck! With our years of experienced crossed with this awesome article we found from PBS, your answer is just one click away!

Here is a short paragraph from the article below, don't forget to click the link to read the whole thing!

We’ve all heard the stories of famed musical prodigies, from Mozart writing his first symphony at the age of eight to Stevie Wonder signing with Motown at 11. Even if your child isn’t performing with the New York Philharmonic or the Chicago Symphony by age 11 (like violinist Midori and Herbie Hancock, respectively), your family is undoubtedly exposed to talented children in the neighborhood.

Whether it’s the church preschool choir or an elementary school band concert, it seems as if parents must immerse their children in music lessons from birth if they want them to succeed, and in a way, they’re right.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/whats-the-right-age-to-begin-music-lessons/
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On the path to becoming a great singer, proper vocal training is important... but learning how to train your voice is more than simply singing; it’s pretty much a lifestyle.

The things that affect how good of a singer you will be extend far beyond your practice sessions and actual performances.

If other aspects of your lifestyle are incompatible with your singing, all your efforts with your vocal lessons could go all to waste. Click the link below to find out about some do's and don't's.

The first one is, Do your vocal lessons everyday; even basic scales, when performed regularly, will eventually aid in giving you complete mastery over your voice. The more accustomed your throat is to regular singing (with proper technique and pacing, that is), the less the chance of injury.

Singing plenty of scales during practice will also help you be more aware of your vocal range; you’ll know which notes you can hit with your normal voice, which you can’t, and which you can work towards achieving.

Practice makes perfect; don’t be surprised if, with time, you see your range expanding in both directions (high and low notes).

http://learn.singorama.com/how-to-sing/vocal-lessons/
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We had a few people from the Covina/West Covina area call in this week and ask about music theory.

Well if you didn't know, yes! We teach music theory!

If you don't know what music theory is, click the link below to find out! But here is a brief definition.

Understanding music theory means knowing the language of music. The main thing to know about music theory is that it is simply a way to explain the music we hear.

Music had existed for thousands of years before theory came along to explain what people were trying to accomplish innately by pounding on their drums.

Don’t ever think that you can’t be a good musician just because you’ve never taken a theory class. In fact, if you are a good musician, you already know a lot of theory. You just may not know the words or scientific formulas for what you’re doing.

http://www.dummies.com/art-center/music/guitar/what-is-music-theory/
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People who play the piano - whether they are beginners or advanced - always aspire to be better when they play.

Everyone tends to be ambitious, but many become disappointed when they find their progress is only moving at a snail's pace.

This article will teach you the best methods for becoming a better piano player, and tips to use while practicing.

Since our last post was on tips when playing the piano we thought we would share another link talking about mastering the piano.

https://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Better-Piano-Player
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At Ste Clair Music Studios we always like to help everyone who comes through our doors improve in their musical careers!

One way we do that is by offering small tips that are very universal and that should help everyone no matter what instrument you're learning.

We looked online and found this article with 4 quick tips to help you master any song!

These four tips when learning to play any song on the piano can be frustrating. It can take weeks and weeks of practice before any sign of progress! But with the right practice strategies, you can speed things up.

Click the link below and let us know what you think!

http://www.flowkey.com/en/4-tips-master-any-song
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Do you know how music was first created?

We found this interesting article talking about the history behind music. Click the link below to read the full thing. Here is a short paragraph from it.

"The earliest forms of music were probably drum-based, percussion instruments being the most readily available at the time (i.e. rocks, sticks).

These simplest of simple instruments are thought to have been used in religious ceremonies as representations of animals.

There was no notation or writing of this kind of "music" and its sounds can only be extrapolated from the music of (South) American Indians and African natives who still adhere to some of the ancient religious practices."

https://method-behind-the-music.com/history/history/
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We hope everyone had a great time last week at the Walts Wonderful World Showcase... We know we did!

Also, we hope everyone had a great St. Patricks day this past weekend and hope that everyone is excited and motivated to play some awesome music!

Incase you didn't know, Ste. claire Music studios specializes in music lessons
piano lessons, vocal lessons, guitar lessons, and even other things music theory!

Make sure to keep the friendly and experienced professionals here at Ste. Claire Studios Inc. in mind next time you or someone you know is looking for lessons! You can give us a call at (626) 967-7151
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