Teacher Spotlight: Felicity – Piano, Voice, and Violin Teacher in Irving, TX

We are so pleased to welcome Felicity to our team of fabulous teachers!

Educational Background:

Felicity is an English pianist and composer currently based in Texas. She started playing the piano at the age of four and also plays the violin, flute, and organ. She received much of her formative musical training at Mount Kelly, an independent day and boarding school in Tavistock, England. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from The Boston Conservatory and a Master of Education degree from Tennessee State University. Her Master of Education thesis, Ethnic Music in Nashville: A Choral Approach, won the university’s graduate oral presentation award at its Spring 2017 Research Forum For the Arts. She will be beginning the PhD program in Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Dallas in August 2020.

Teaching Background:

Felicity has been teaching piano for over ten years. Since moving to Texas in 2018 she has taught as a piano, voice, and composition teacher at two local music schools. Two of her students placed in the 2019 TMTA Student Affiliate Original Composition Contest. One student won the Large Ensemble category, and another was awarded third place in the Solo Grades 1-3 category.

Personality/Teaching Style:

For every hour of teaching Felicity will put in more than an hour of preparation work. She is super organized and dedicated to her students. She believes in being supportive and encouraging while pushing students to reach their full potential. In her view, it is important for students’ love of music to grow as their technique grows.

What others are saying about Felicity:

Felicity has been a teacher at my studio for over a year now. She has worked with students ranging in age from 5 years old to high school seniors, and she is a wonderful asset at our studio… Felicity is very organized, always on time and extremely professional. I feel she would be an asset at any teaching institute and highly recommend her.

Jennea, Southlake TX

“During the time that Felicity and I worked together, I found her to be proficient in her craft, dependable in attendance and preparation, flexible when faced with last-minute changes and adaptable when faced with logistical challenges…I highly recommend her for assignments as a teacher”

Charles, Director of Music Ministries at Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Gallatin, TN

Special Skills:

As well as being an experienced teacher, Felicity is a skilled piano accompanist, conductor, and composer. She works as Music Director at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dallas and accompanies choirs and soloists throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She would be more than willing to help students develop their accompanist, conducting, or composition and arranging skills.

If you are looking for a wonderful teacher in Irving Tx, look no further! Contact us today and ask about Felicity. You will NOT be disappointed! Felicity also teaches in Southlake, Dallas, and Lewisville.

Teacher Spotlight: Joseph – Viola and Violin Teacher in Dallas, TX

Meet Joseph – Starlight’s fabulous viola and violin teacher in Dallas, TX.

Educational Background:
Joseph has been studying music since he was 8 years old, and violin since he was 10. He began studying violin on a full scholarship to the Barthelmes Conservatory Pre-College program where he also studied music theory, music history, and chamber music.

At the age of 15 Joseph formed a string quartet with his peers at the Barthelmes Conservatory, which played together for 3 years and performed across the state of Oklahoma, winning several competitions and performing a sold out concert at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

While in high school, Joseph performed with the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra as Concertmaster and with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA with whom he toured the Northeast US and Europe. He is currently a student of Dallas Symphony Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson and Principal Viola Barbara Sudweeks at Southern Methodist University, earning his Bachelors in Violin Performance on a full scholarship.

Teaching Background:
Joseph began teaching in 2014 as an assistant and substitute at the Bart School of Music in Tulsa, OK. He taught violin and viola to students of all ages and abilities. Joseph has led string and music theory seminars at Augustine Christian Academy in Tulsa Oklahoma and continued to teach at The Bart until he moved to Dallas. Coming from a family of teachers, Joseph has seen firsthand the invaluable effect of education on students, no matter their age, and is passionate about helping every student reach their potential.

Personality/Teaching Style:
Engaging every student and their unique abilities and interests is of vital importance to Joseph. His teaching approach is focused on building a strong technical foundation and giving all of his students, no matter their age or skill level, the tools to guide their own learning for the rest of their lives. His lessons are upbeat, and he believes that being relentlessly encouraging is the key to helping students excel. Any student, whatever age, works best when they believe that they are capable of doing amazing things, and Joseph sees it as his prerogative to make sure every student knows they are capable of succeeding.

Special Skills:
While Joseph primarily studies classical music, he was raised learning folk, bluegrass, and swing music by ear, and values ear training and improvisation as much as music reading in his educational approach. He also has experience overcoming overuse injury and will work closely with every student to make sure that their individual instrument setup is as comfortable and easy to play as possible. As a passionate educator, Joseph believes that all education should center on teaching students to learn and ask questions on their own, and that everything learned in a music lesson should be applicable to other aspects of a student’s life and education.

If you would like to have a trial lesson with Joseph, fill out our quick enrollment form. You will be glad you did!

If you are interested in learning another instrument, contact Starlight Music Lessons today! We would be happy to match you with your perfect teacher.

Testimonial Tuesday: Tessie

“Hi! This is Tessie…  I am still here loving my lessons.  In fact, I was kind of sad for about one minute the other day thinking, “Gee, I wish I would have done this 10 years ago.”  But then I cheered up when I realized that 10 years ago I probably wouldn’t have been able to have Martha for a teacher, so then I was happy again.  It’s great when it hits you that most things work out for the best! 10 years from now I will be AMAZING!! Thanks to Martha, I am definitely on my way to amazing.
My husband is so impressed with my progress that he bought me an awesome antique grand piano for Christmas (and plus, he’s a really nice husband who always gets me the BEST Christmas presents, boy was I surprised! It’s not easy hiding a grand piano, either).  I am a lucky girl. It is so beautiful, let me tell you.”
Wow! What a testimony! This is why we do what we do! Learning to play an instrument is truly a gift! If you would like to sign your child up for piano lessons or would like to learn an instrument yourself, click here to contact us today to get started! We have amazing teachers all over the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex just waiting to introduce you to the amazing gift of music!

Musical Preparation for Holiday Fun

web-1018832_960_720Do you ever dream of bringing the gift of live music to family and friend gatherings and celebrations? You have kids in music lessons! That dream can become a reality! Now is the time to prepare. Don’t worry, I won’t be guilting you into adding more stress to your holiday calendar! Here is what I’m suggesting:

img_2521Pick 3-5 of your favorite songs from your child’s piano books. (Or ask your child to do this.) These should be songs your child has already learned. Then encourage them to practice these songs every week. By Thanksgiving the songs should be adequately perfected, and your child can perform a mini recital for your family and friends. And… voila! Wasn’t that fun?

I’m doing this with my own kids, and they are so excited! This has even encouraged my kids to spontaneously join forces at the piano and create their own duets.

What event is not made more delightful and memorable by the addition of live music? Especially from the kids! So I would encourage you to put your children’s lessons to good use and see if they would like to play a few songs during special gatherings. It’s so enjoyable for all.

Be blessed this holiday season!

Teacher Spotlight: Jeremiah – Piano Teacher in Dallas

pic.jeremiah evansWe are so pleased to introduce Jeremiah, our fabulous piano teacher in Dallas, TX!

Education Background:

  • Jeremiah graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • He is an alumni of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Piano Program).
  • He attended Texas Tech University as a piano performance major.
  • Jeremiah also studied piano privately for four years at Southern Methodist University.

Teaching Background:

Jeremiah began teaching piano lessons while he was a music major at Texas Tech University. He has been teaching private piano lessons in Dallas since 2003.

Personality and Teaching Style:

As a teacher Jeremiah enjoys catering each lesson to fit each student’s intent and specific goal(s). He understands that some students are very serious about their long-term musical goals and need assistance preparing for competitions and auditions. Many other students want to study the instrument for fun and leisure. Jeremiah seeks to understand which category his students fit into and works works diligently to meet each student’s individual musical needs.  

Feedback:

Jeremiah was knowledgeable, dependable and very patient while teaching my children. His passion for teaching became quite evident. – Dallas, TX

Jeremiah is very friendly, personable, and likable. He is a pleasure to work with and spreads joy everywhere he goes! – Dallas, TX

Special Skills:

Jeremiah is also a very accomplished concert composer. His music has been recently performed in London, New York and San Francisco. His music has also been heard in Europe and Asia.

Jeremiah teaches in: Dallas, Plano, Allen, Mesquite, Desoto, Lancaster and Duncanville

Jeremiah is a wonderful teacher. If you choose to have him come to your home for piano lessons, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here to contact us about scheduling a trial lesson with Jeremiah. If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!

Summer Ensemble Lessons

Besides being a fabulously fun summer activity, ensemble lessons offer an exciting growth opportunity for music students!

This summer Starlight Music Lessons is offering Ensemble Lessons!
We invite you to consider giving ensemble lessons a try! It will be a fun and valuable summer activity. This will be a summer these students will not forget!

For any musician, learning to attend to both his/her own part as well as parts played by others is an invaluable skill. Musicians benefit tremendously by learning and honing this skill. Being able to play an instrument is one thing, but knowing how to translate that knowledge into the ability to play with others is something teachers rarely have time to cover during the weekly lesson.

Click here to fill out a quick form to register for ensemble lessons.

Musically, all students GREATLY benefit from ensemble lessons!
But ensemble lessons can also PERSONALLY benefit some students in particular:

  • Kids who are social and like team activities.
  • Those who are looking for fun musical extra-curriculars for the summer.
  • Students hoping to make noticeable forward progress during the summer.
  • Those who might consider a career in music.
  • Children who are interested in making music with their family or friends.
  • A student who seems to be losing motivation with music lessons.
    • By adding the group aspect to music lessons, students will often work harder because they’re part of a “team.” Ensemble lessons are fantastic for renewing that passion!

These are the general details:
Two or more students will have ensemble lessons together, either on the same instrument or different complimentary instruments. Options will be limited by teacher availability and schedule, so if you are interested, sign up NOW so you can save a spot with the teacher before their schedule fills up! (We do not charge any registration fees.)

  • One family will be host (lessons happen at host’s house).
  • Ensemble Lessons are not a substitute for regular lesson instruction. In order to participate in ensemble lessons, the student must be taking regular weekly lessons or our summer lesson packages so he/she can work on their ensemble pieces individually with the teacher.
  • Summer Ensemble Students will purchase a package of 4 ensemble lessons to be used during the months of June through August.
    • If you want more than 4 lessons you can purchase two packages or more.
  • Ensemble Packages cost $90 per student for a 4-lesson package. Each lesson is 30-minutes long.
    • You may have to purchase sheet music for the piece your ensemble is going to work on (if it is not readily available for free online), which generally costs $10 or less per person.
  • A minimum of 2 students is needed to form an ensemble (two piano students, piano and guitar, guitar and drums, piano and voice, piano and a wind instrument … the combinations are endless!).
    • Starlight will make the ensemble matches based on students’ location and availability.

If you are interested in ensemble lessons, click here to fill out a quick form, and we will pair you with another ensemble student. Once you are paired we will schedule the lesson time, then collect payment.

Click here to enroll in private music lessons with Starlight Music lessons.

Teacher Spotlight: Martha – Voice and Piano Teacher in Little Elm

It is our pleasure to introduce to you Martha, our wonderful voice and piano teacher in Little Elm, TX!

Little Elm Voice and Piano Teacher
Little Elm Voice and Piano Teacher

Martha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from The University of Texas at Tyler. Her primary focus was voice with a minor in piano. In addition to her degree in music she hold a master level III certificate in Orff Schulwerk Methodology and a Kindermusik certification.

Martha has extensive experience in the instruction setting, spanning 20 years. In addition to classroom teaching, she has offered private instruction to numerous students of all ages. Focus disciplines include piano and voice, along with technique and music theory. Her formal teaching locations include Texas public schools and church music education.

Martha’s style is best described as relaxed, energetic, and joyful. When studying with Martha, your lessons are about what you, the student, want to get out of them. Martha genuinely cares about your musical progress as well as getting to know you as a unique individual. Parents will appreciate her professionalism, reliability, and authentic teacher’s heart. Students will find her knowledgeable, relatable, and a compassionate teacher.

Styles & methods Martha can teach include: Beginner, Intermediate, Classical, Chord Approach, Hymns, Piano Accompaniment, Pre-School Group Piano Classes, College Audition Preparation, Competition Preparation, Classical Vocal (Ex: Opera, Art Songs, etc), Contemporary Vocal (Ex: Pop Style and songs)

“Martha is such a joy as a teacher! – She really wants her students to express themselves through the music. She is always engaging, thorough, and the students love her.” – Whitehouse, TX

“Martha is a gifted musician and she knows how to communicate to her students. She has a lot of musical experience and is a very creative dynamic teacher!” – Uvalde, TX

“We really liked Martha and would like to keep her as our piano teacher! What a difference!” – McKinney, TX

“Hi! This is Tessie (Martha’s student).  I am still here loving my lessons, and feel so lucky to have Martha as my teacher…” – McKinney, TX

Martha has had many personal performance and audition experiences throughout the US and performed in opera and musical theater. In addition, she has participated in NATS, Guild, Texas All-State Choir, UIL competitions, and sight singing/Solfeggio competitions. Martha teaches a variety of techniques in both piano and vocal study, including popular, and classical styles. She believes a well-rounded education includes knowledge and/or experience in all study and performance forms.

Martha is available to teach in Coppell, Carrollton, The Colony, Frisco, Little Elm, Lewisville, & McKinney.

If you are looking for a voice or piano teacher in Little Elm (or nearby), contact us today and ask about Martha! Starlight Music Lessons offers private music lessons on all instruments throughout the entire DFW metroplex. And our teachers come to you! We would love to get you started with music lessons! If you live in the DFW metroplex and would like to enroll in piano lesson, guitar lessons, voice lessons, or more, fill out our enrollment form here. 

Why Participate in a Music Competition?

Competitions aren’t for everyone, but for those who are interested, participating in musical competitions can be a wonderfully exciting experience!

Here are some of the benefits of participating in a music competition:

1. The ability to see tangible results of hard work. 

     Music students put a lot of effort into improving on their instrument. Most of the time this effort remains in the practice room or at the piano. A music competition provides an opportunity for the student to take this hard work and translate it into a knockout performance. The satisfaction that comes from seeing their hard work pay off teaches the student to value hard work.

2. Improved skills in setting goals and meeting deadlines
Clearly, these skills are necessary to all parts of life. Participating in a music competition can provide a more enjoyable means to learning these skills.

3. Learning to handle pressure. 
The ability to handle pressure is a crucial life skill. Everyone must eventually learn how operate under pressure: racing heart, sweaty palms, and the nerves that come from all eyes being on me. The best way to improve this skill is to practice in a safe environment. Starlight competitions provide a safe, gentle environment to help students learn this important skill. Judges will provide constructive feedback, including praises as well as things that can be improved. And those who make mistakes will not be shamed.

4. Learning to accept criticism. 
As previously mentioned, Starlight’s judges will provide constructive feedback. This will include commendations for well-executed techniques. However, our judges will also provide input regarding areas that can use improvement. Being teachable and receiving criticism gracefully is a valuable life skill. Again, the best way to improve this skill is to practice. Allowing your child to face criticism in a safe and positive environment the best way to encourage growth in this area.

5. A positive experience that reflects well on the child’s work ethic, determination, and skills. (This will look good on a child’s applications/resumes.)
Schools, employers, and others will look favorably upon the experience of participating in music competitions. Those in leadership roles who will evaluate your child’s competency and character recognize the sort of determination, work ethic, and commitment it takes to prepare for competitions. This sort of thing looks great on applications of all sorts!

6.  Learning to cope with disappointing results.
Contrary to recitals where everyone “wins,” in competitions the number of winners must be limited. Obviously, all the students work hard to be THE winner, however, some will be disappointed by the results. This is something that must be learned how to handle well. At Starlight competitions there are no “losers.” Everyone will be presented with a participation certificate and is praised for their hard work. Much will be gained even if a student doesn’t win the overall competition. But learning how to cope with unfavorable results will help the child become a more mature, well-adjusted individual who can learn how to find joy throughout all of life’s ups and downs.

All of this being said, competitions aren’t for everyone. Some people thrive and flourish in a competitive environment, while competition can cause others to whither.

For those who will be participating in a competition, remember, work hard, prepare well, and do your best. And be proud of your performance, whether or not the outcome is what you hoped for. Simply committing to compete and doing the preparation necessary is a great accomplishment in itself! That is definitely something to be proud of!

Planning for Success: Music Lessons

We are so thrilled you have chosen to make music lessons a priority in your child’s life. We regularly talk to adults regarding music lessons, and those who can’t play always tell one of two stories:

 “I didn’t take music lessons as a kid, but now that I’m an adult I SO wish I had.”

“I took music lessons as a kid, but when I didn’t want to practice anymore my parents let me quit. I really regret that. I can’t play an instrument today and am so disappointed that I didn’t keep up the music lessons when I was a kid.”

And then there are the adults who know how to play and reap so much enjoyment from playing their instrument. These adults are forever grateful to their parents for providing this opportunity for their kids. You are THAT parent! On behalf of your child, THANK YOU! Thank you for caring so much about your child and investing in an education that will bless them for the rest of their lives!

Remember: It is normal for kids to go through slumps where they’re not “in the mood” to practice or take lessons. If you make them continue through these slumps and work with their teacher to create a strategy to work through the slump, your child will be incredibly grateful in the long run! Click here to read more about musical growing pains.

As you are working on figuring out your fall schedule, don’t forget to work in music practice. It may sound like just one more thing to worry about, but creating a plan for practice will make music lessons more productive, worthwhile, and enjoyable.

Don’t underestimate short spurts of practice. 5 minutes here 10 minutes there can really add up to increased progress.

Have a structured practice schedule.  Set aside a few minutes most days of the week for practice.  You might have great intentions of having your child practice whenever you think to remind him/her, but unless you plan for those few minutes of practice each day, it will likely get unnecessarily overlooked in the hustle of the week. Click here to read more about setting musical goals.

Even the busiest of families usually have 10 to 15 minutes a day they can designate as practice time. But unless you actually set aside time that you and your child both understand is practice time, the good intentions will often wash out the door in light of your busy schedule. Your challenge is to figure out when is the best opportunity to practice. But you can do it!

Here are some ideas:

  • Right before bed.
  • First thing in the morning.
  • During meal prep.
  • Right after mealtime.
  • During commercials.
  • First thing after school.
  • During homework time.

This is not an exhaustive list; just a few ideas. I would like to focus in on the last idea. Music is so valuable to anyone! Give it the same level of importance in your home as school. Piano practice doesn’t take very much time each day, and if you include it in homework time, it will be much easier to make sure it gets done.Success in learning a musical instrument is most dependent upon consistency. A student doesn’t have to play for hours each day to be great. It only takes a few minutes each day to make considerable progress. The consistency is what’s key.

Music practice can be used as a break between activities, or a means to earn rights such as:

  • Screen Time
    • Can be an equal swap: You get as much screen time as you practice each day. 30 minutes of practice = 30 minutes of screen time.
    • Can be a set practice time to earn screen time in general.
      • Personal note: In my home, my children can’t have screen time unless they have completed necessary activities such as chores, schoolwork, and yes, music practice.
  • Playing with Friends
    • It only takes 15 minutes to earn an afternoon of fun with friends!
  • Sports
    • Perhaps you expect your child to keep his grades up to participate in sports, but do you require that he practice regularly?
  • You may include practice in your child’s allowance requirements.
  • Staying up 15 min later. (You could say, “If you practice 15 min, you get to stay up 15 min later.”)

Here are a couple of practice charts you might be interested in printing for your child:
Monthly Practice Chart
Weekly Practice Chart

  • Practical Application:
    • Place the practice chart in a sheet protector and mark practice with a dry erase marker. Show your teacher, erase, and start again!
    • Pin the practice chart on a wall so child and parents see progress daily.

Here is something else you can print if you would like:
Extra-Curricular Activity Planners

  • Included is 3 different planner pages to choose from.
  • 1 page that can be folded into a booklet to carry in a pocket or purse
  • School week planner

Are you having trouble making practicing fun in  your home? That’s what our Practice Pals Program is for! Seriously, if you haven’t tried this out yet, this can truly be a game changer for music lessons! Contact us today to get started with Practice Pals!

Click on the image above to learn more about Practice Pals.


Have a wonderful day, and remember: make that practice plan!

How to Practice While Away From the Piano

Is your child in and out a lot this summer and having difficulty finding time to practice? While I can’t stress enough the importance of spending time at the piano practicing, did you know there are some things a piano student can do to improve his/her skills even when away from the piano?

POSTURE

Good posture is very important for a piano player. Even when the piano player is away from her beloved instrument, she can practice correct posture. This practice away from the piano will make it easier for her to have correct posture while sitting at the piano.

HAND SHAPE

To play the piano correctly a student must learn to keep her hands in the proper shape while at the piano. Many students like to rest their hands flat on the piano, but this is a bad habit that negatively effects the playing and must be corrected, sooner, rather than later. Encourage your child to practice holding an invisible ball or bubble. This creates the hand shape necessary for playing the piano. The more a student becomes familiar with this hand shape, the better equipped he will be at playing the piano with the correct hand shape.

FINGER CONTROL & RHYTHM

Obviously, playing the piano requires much hand/eye coordination and individual finger control. While away from the piano a student can practice gaining control over his individual fingers. Here’s a simple game that can be fun to play when you have a few minutes to spare. Think: Waiting room, car trips, grandma’s house, etc.

To Play:

  • Have the child hold up both hands, with fingers spread.
  • Call out different finger numbers for the child to wiggle. (Ex: Left hand #4!)
  • The goal is to help your child remember piano finger numbers and practice moving fingers individually.
  • For older/more advanced students you can call out one finger from each hand. (Ex: Left hand 5 & Right Hand 2!) They should practice responding quickly and accurately, and wiggle both fingers at the same time.

This game can be fun and lead to lots of giggles while sneaking in extra practice. 🙂

To add rhythm practice into this game, you can bring along your child’s piano book. Have your child “play” his songs with the correct fingering and rhythm. The child can practice playing the rhythm on a table or on his lap. The fingers will gain practice which can help a student improve, even while away from the piano.

FLASH CARDS
Ah, flash cards…. Some people love ’em, others hate ’em. Frankly, whether a student enjoys or hates flash cards often is a reflection of the attitude they’re presented with. If it is presented as a boring but necessary task, the child will trudge through flash cards only when forced. This doesn’t have to be so! Flash cards can be loads of fun and something that your child actually requests to do! Easiest way to make flash cards an enjoyable task? Make it fun! Make it easily accomplished. Don’t just hand your child a stack of flashcards and say, “Learn these.” Start with 3-5 flashcards. Have the child spend 5 min (or less if they catch on quickly) with those few cards. Then you’re done for the day! The next day have them do those first few cards again. Once they are strong on those, add 1 more card. Now the child only has 4-6 flash cards to work with, but most of them are easily recognized.

If you stay consistent with this method and have your child work on flashcards just about every day, he/she will have the entire stack of cards memorized in a couple of weeks! That might not sound like a great accomplishment, but IT TRULY IS! Usually what holds beginning students back like nothing else is a struggle with identifying notes on the staff. If they can learn to identify the notes with ease, learning new songs and progressing to bigger and better pieces is SO much easier! Click on the picture below in order to print out free flashcards for the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef.

You can also turn flashcard practice into a game: a race against the clock! Set a timer and see how many flashcards you can do in that amount of time. Then see if you can increase your score every day. Encourage your child to tell his/her teacher about the progress he is making in his flashcard time. His teacher can be a cheerleader and extra encouragement to get those flashcards learned!

If you have a child that can easily identify note names, don’t think they are done with flash cards! Oh, no! You can use this same simple method to help him/her quickly master a plethora of crucial music theory concepts such as intervals, dynamics, and other important theory. Hint: This method is also a great way to study for tests in all subjects. Remember, rather than trying to soak it all in at once, break the subject into smaller chunks. Go over that small chunk multiple times until it’s imprinted. Then add another small chunk. This is the best way to retain large amounts of information quickly.

Other ways may be used to improve music skill while away from the instrument, but this is a quick overview of a few ways to get your child practicing today! Don’t let the busyness of life get in the way of improving!

Want to hear a fun piano prodigy? Click on the video below. Hint: If you just want to hear the piano playing, skip ahead to 3:20. Do you think this child was born with incredible skill? Perhaps. But what is more likely is that he practices every day. If you want your child to improve on his/her instrument, even 15 minutes of practice per day can make all the difference! Consistency is key. Enjoy your summer, and enjoy that practice! 


Pssst! Did you know that Starlight Music Lessons offers a Practice Program that makes practicing fun?

Practice Pals
We take the dread out of Practicing!
Practicing is a must. Period. But practicing can also be fun! Our Practice Pals program is an add-on program available to those taking lessons. When you enroll in Practice Pals, your practice leader guides your practice sessions three times per week online via webcam. Practice Pals makes your practicing fun, engaging, efficient and motivating. Students who practice regularly will progress faster, enjoy learning more (since they can quickly see progress) and are more likely to build a life-long love of music.