Tips For Finding Music School

Get into music. It can lead to improve creative thinking, better math skills, and greater interest in the performing arts. Boost your confidence, and also encourage you to discipline. Music schools are also a great way to expand your creativity. However, finding a good school isn’t easy. Since they do not advertise like other organizations. The question is how can you find an excellent school for you?

Googling

Online searches have many benefits, but the down side is that not all music schools advertise online or have a web page. You might miss out on a great one if you limit your research to the Internet.

Try with Your Local University

Call the music department of your local college. And ask if they offer any kind of music education for children or adults. Often, the educators at these schools are top level practitioners. If they don’t have a music program available, ask for their recommendation to any specific music schools in the area. Yup, they might be able to offer some great view on where to look for an impressive school.

Dead end? Why don’t you try online music school! There are lots of music tuition courses that teach guitar, bass, and drums. And most of them are extremely wide-ranging, cover in virtually every style imaginable.

Learn how to play rock, country, jazz, metal, classical, funk, blues, fusion, hip-hop, electronic music and more. They’ll give you hundreds of lessons, in videos and audios! Numerous jam tracks, exercises, licks, solos, scales and patterns and riffs.

But the important thing is, these online music courses will teach you how to play any song you like without the help of sheet music or tablature. So you will be able to just grab your instrument and play any song that’s in your mind. You don’t need to go to music school just to learn the instrument.

Business Owners – Choosing a YouTube Category for Your Videos

If you’re considering joining YouTube as a business, it’s important to know what type of videos you can use to reach your audience. Whether or not you choose to perform in your own video, with a little creativity, you can create something in a category that gains your business videos the attention, and eyeballs, it deserves.

Comedy

One of the most popular YouTube video categories is comedy. The comedy category on YouTube tends to include sketches, standup acts, and spoofs. A large number of the comedy clips found on YouTube are staged or rehearsed, but there are many others that were just taken at the spur of the moment. How can a business be funny? Maybe you could “hide” a camera in your office and catch your business partners off guard. Maybe you can covertly make fun of a well-known competitor? Or, if you just have a fun personality, you can start a video blog talking about your worst and best experiences in your industry, with funny examples.

Entertainment

When it comes to entertainment videos, you will find that you have a wide variety of different topics to choose from. While it is still possible to find videos that have clips of your favorite music videos, television shows, or movies, YouTube is trying to cut down on those videos, as they don’t have permission to broadcast many of them right now. Other entertainment videos include reviews of movies or television shows, gossip, or amateur reporting events. If you have an online store, you can always find a way to entertain people with reviews or information that you specialize in. If you specialize in high fashion, this is the place to add videos of models (family, friends, etc) wearing your clothing, with racy and exciting music.

Pets and Animals

As you likely already know, videos in this category are centered on pets, in one way or another. In some cases, YouTube members are showing off a new pet that they got, but many pet videos are also comedy related. A lot of YouTube members like posting videos of their pets doing something funny, unique, or cute. Does your company have a mascot? Does your cat Tigger somehow always interrupt your work flow? This is where you can show other YouTubers the pet behind the business – pet videos always get lots of views!

Travel and Places

This YouTube category also acts, in a way, to educate viewers. A lot of the videos were shot while traveling. For that reason, it is common to find tours and clips of well-known tourist attractions. If you own a brick-and-mortar store, or live in a unique location, you can take the time to do a mini-tour of your town. If you sell travel products, this is a great area to showcase your wares as well.

People and Blogs

This is where many YouTube members post personal videos about themselves. One of the most popular types of videos found under the heading of people and blogs are video blogs. These are like traditional blogs, but they are in video format. With video blogs, YouTube members often outline their day or their week for all other internet users to watch. In most cases, you will find that many of these blogs have a humorous side to them. If you can’t find another category that fits your videos, this is the place where you can establish a viewership as the person behind the business. You can blog about a topic related to your industry, or complain about the weather. Videos blogs are a free-for-all area in YouTube, where people have come to expect the unexpected.

How to and Do it Yourself

This category is ideal for all businesses – you can show off your expertise and often, you don’t need to appear in the video at all. Many videos in this category are created through slideshows and show step-by-step processes.

Gadgets and Games

These videos are often frequented by hard-core techies. if you sell gadgets and games, this is a great category to post reviews, record somebody playing, or simply show off new products for the world to see.

Film and Animation

This is the most “artistic” section of YouTube – the content is typically original, and often offbeat. If you know somebody with skills in animation, you can always create a few film shorts for your company.

Autos and Vehicles

Of course, if your business features anything automotive, this is where you can talk or show vital . If you own a mechanic shop, you can create weekly pointers for car maintenance. You can also review products and services in this category.

Sports

This is the section for sports fanatics. If you own a sports-related company, this is a great place to show off your equipment, critique your favorite team, and highlight your expertise.

News and Politics

If your business is highlighted on the local news, try uploading the clip to this section. You can also do news commentary on your specific industry, and if you happen to be politically-oriented, share your views as well. (Just be prepared to have dissenting views and comments.)

YouTube is a great place for businesses to show their personalities, establish expertise, and have fun interacting with their target customers. No matter what type of video you decide to create, there’s a place for it on YouTube. Just have fun, be creative, and show your best side. The views are yet to come!

Art and Music Department Budget Cuts – What it Means For Your Child and What You Can Do as a Parent

It is common knowledge that when schools have budget dilemmas the arts are the first casualty.
What is not broadly known is the impact of dismissing art from the lives of our children.
‘Champions of Change, the Impact of the Arts on Learning’ is the most comprehensive study on the subject of students involvement in the fine arts and how it relates to academic success.
The study builds a strong for students achieving higher levels of academic success and in higher overall numbers when involved with fine art.

Per the study;

- 82.6% of 8th graders earned mostly As and Bs who were involved heavily in fine arts versus 67.2% earning A’s and B’s who were not.

- 30.07% of the respondents who participate in fine arts performs community service where only 6.28% of the respondents who do not participate in fine arts perform community service.

- Students who are not heavily involved in fine arts have more than double the chance of dropping out of school by the 10th grade.

- 56.64% of the respondents who participate in fine arts read for pleasure where only 34. Chances are you will a handful of musical instruments in good condition gathering dust in a garage or attic.

These are just some of the findings in the particular study.
Fine arts help teach students far more than how to draw roses in a vase, or how to play the violin.

Fine art helps the creative aspect of your child’s mind grow, instills discipline, provides a sense of pride, self-esteem, and accomplishment.

These attributes not only help students do better academically, but do better in their adult life, with their career, their new family, their emotional well being.

So what do you do if your child’s school has had major cuts in their art program?
Your first option is, of course, private lessons. There are pros and cons that you should be aware of when going this route.

Lets look at the pros first.

First, due to budget cuts and pressure for schools to ensure their students score well on standardized testing (oddly enough the students who are involved in the arts score better on average) the arts get less attention that other subjects in school. Thus the lesson quality is diluted. Meaning your child has an excellent chance of getting better fine art instruction in a professional fine art instruction environment. The classes are smaller, sometimes even one on one. The instructor only has to teach that particular art form.

The other pro to going outside of your school for fine art education is that your child’s success is intimately tied into the instructors income.

A public school teacher who has half of their art class receive failing grades will still be paid the same at the end of the week. The equivalent in the private art instruction world would mean a bankrupt business in a very short order. Providing private art classes is a business. They must produce a good product or risk not being around in the future.

The major con to private lessons is of course if you cannot afford them for your child.
Private lessons cost money. Knowing the benefits of a child being educated in the fine arts, I would happily drive a less luxurious car, or eat out less often to ensure their fine art education.
However this may not be an option if, say you are a single parent, and there is too much month left after the end of your money.

To wrap up this point, private lessons are great, often better than what is provided even in schools that have ample art and music budgets.

An alternative solution may be needed if you you are on a limited budget.

There are things that you can do to help your local school raise money for their art programs.
First and foremost is fund raising. You can go about this many ways. For example in my high school in Burbank California a parent spoke to executives at NBC studios. Two months later NBC donated professional video and editing equipment to our school. Everything for the fine art of film making was at our school.

It may take a bit of creative thinking and a lot of leg work, but your local businesses or local celebrities could be a fantastic funding source for your school. In return they get good PR.
Of course you have the traditional events to raise funds. A car wash, garage sales, silent auctions, etc. The real make break point for the above types of fund raisers is having the right person in-charge to ensure that all the details are taken care of and everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing. If no one shows up to the car wash because no one knew about it, it won’t do anyone much good. Nor will the dozen cookies at the bake sale.
Organize and communicate.

I know a good amount of people. More pertinently I know people who know more people than I could ever hope to know. When confronted with the difficult task of refitting your schools classical music program with instruments, it can seem overwhelming.
However when you have a network of hundreds of concerned people it looks more like this.
An email/phone call/mailer goes to your network about the problem.

Everyone looks in their home and asks people they know for donations of spare instruments (I actually donated a very nice classical guitar to a school last year).
Perhaps you find a few instruments in great condition that have been sitting in closets and garages untouched for 20 years.

You now invite your network and everyone your network knows to a bowling night fund raiser. You raise twenty dollars for all who attend. 50 people show. There is a $1000 right there for new instruments.

Next week you get local businesses and people in your network to donate items of value for an auction. Students can hand out fliers and place posters in store-fronts, place announcements in online classifieds and the local newspaper, ensure your network is talking the event up to everyone they know.

The auction is a success raising $3,000.
When you have enough money for the instruments have the kids study hard and put on a fund raiser concert, charge $10 and put the money aside. Lorn knows, a student lose his tuba somewhere.
It is plain to see, a dedicated group can accomplish much more than an individual.
What happens if your school is so strapped for cash and so over crowded that they cannot afford the fine art teacher let alone the space for art classes?
And what if there are no reputable private fine art instruction schools local, or you cannot afford them at this time?

At this point you have to take matters entirely in your own hands. However you are not entirely alone!
There are products on the market, that for a low cost, can still help educate your child in the fine arts.

Here is an example, for a onetime payment of $30 you can have you child take online violin lessons with Violin Master Pros.
There are also online lessons and DVD instruction programs for other musical instruments, writing, drawing, and more.

Any will be far more productive than another evening of video games or cable TV.
Beware of asking uncle John – who plays the piano – to teach your child. Just because one knows how to do something does not mean they know how to teach it!
Bad lessons can very quickly turn your child off to the arts. Even if your school all of a sudden receives a huge grant for their art program it won’t do much good if your child is stale on art.
All in all our societies viewpoint must be changed in regards to how important the arts are to our children and our future.

It is a proven fact that children do better in standardized testing when involved in the fine arts. Yet many schools will cut art and music to focus on getting better scoring results!
A tiny portion of our defense budget would easily fund art and music in our schools nationwide.
Many parents have the viewpoint, ‘if it is not reading or arithmetic then what real use is it my child’?

Yet in the top science schools in America all have a extensive fine art programs in their universities for a reason. It helps students perform academically!
It is our job as parents, budget cuts or no budget cuts, to ensure that our children receive the fine art education that they need.

If we don’t do it for our children, who is going to?