Though I’m not a parent myself, I certainly have observed that many parents feel partially responsible for what interests their children will possess as they get older. Of course interests will ebb and flow between things as time goes on, but I believe they have some validity to this hypothesis. There is rarely ever a need to “force” an activity/interest on a child, but there are certainly great and healthy ways to encourage it. These are a collection of ideas about how we might encourage you to best bring out your child’s unique gifts and talents as they pertain to music...
Students hear this all the time: “Make sure you fill your schedule with enough honors/AP/IB/advanced (you name it) classes to be successful!” They’re constantly bombarded with the idea that some sort of academic "status” or numeric figure like a GPA will set the rest of their lives up for success. Although in some rare circumstances this may be true, for most students what they really need is an opportunity to grow and develop as an entire person.
Today we have the opportunity to share the third installment of our “Instructor Features” blog series! This week we have none other than Rob Lowman to celebrate. Rob is a freelance cellist performing in and around Indiana and Illinois with session recording work for The Varsity Recording Co. and Orangehaus Studio (both in Anderson, IN), local orchestras, Christmas concerts, weddings and special events. Rob is also an established composer in both contemporary and traditional music for quartets, solo performances and scoring for short films.
You’ve likely seen countless advertisements for them over the years: “Sign up here for a pitching clinic!” “Register here for math tutoring!” “Get the help your child needs with private music lessons!” Perhaps you’ve even stopped to seriously question. Why is private instruction SO important that people would go to these lengths to convince and advertise to me?
Continuing on with featuring our incredible instructors, this week we have none other than Cassie Whetstone to celebrate. She is a relatively new instructor for us, but already making a huge influence in her students’ lives every chance she gets. We are lucky to have her on board! Read more about Cassie below, and at the link near the bottom of the post.
Student exposure to music and culture in America is one of those things that most would say they value, but actions speak louder than words, and the words aren’t often backed by taking the time and doing what’s important. Participate in some of Indianapolis’ newest venues this year, and let us know what you think (we’re always curious!).