Message to Parents
Your decision to provide your child with a quality musical instrument and professional instruction are an investment in your child’s future. In making it possible for your child to play a musical instrument, you are providing the opportunity for self-expression, creativity, and achievement. Numerous studies indicate, that parental attitude, support and involvement are important factors in a child’s ability to successfully learn to play and to enjoy music!
Like any skill, interest counts far more than talent. With the right support from you, playing music will become a natural part of your child’s life.
For your child Music Participation enhances:
- Problem Solving
- Team work
- Goal Setting
- Self - expression
- Memory skills
- Self - confidence & esteem
- And Much, much more!
A child's music study also offers opportunities for shared family experiences, including:
- Musical event attendance
- Family music - making
- Performing for, and with, family and friends
- Learning about the lives of the composers and the cultural heritage of Western Civilization
- A sense of pride and accomplishment for the entire family
How you Fit in:
- Always keep in mind that your support is a key element in your child's success with music study.
Music achievement requires effort over a period of time. You can help your child by:
- Providing a quiet place in which to practise
- Remaining nearby during practice times as often as possible
- Scheduling a consistent, daily time for practice
- Praising your child’s efforts and achievements
Selecting a Music Teacher:
Formal music instruction can help your child's progress. In choosing a teacher, consider these points:
- Background and experience
- Comments from other parents and students
- Provisions for sharing music through performance
To Give your child the best possible support, you should:
- Encourage your child to play for family and friends
- Offer compliments and encouragement regularity
- Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including concerts, and recitals.
- Encourage your child to talk with you about his or her lessons
- Make sure your child's instrument is always in good working order
- Allow your child to play many types of music, not just study pieces
- Listen to your child's practice, and acknowledge improvement
- Help your child build a personal music library.
- Try to get your child to make a minimum two - year commitment to his or hers music studies.
What NOT to do!
Your child's progress will be greatly enhanced if you.
- Don't use practice as a punishment
- Insist your child play for others
- Ridicule or make fun of mistakes or less- than- perfect playing
- Don't apologize to others for your child's weak performance
- Don't start your child on an instrument that's in poor working order of condition
- Don't expect rapid progress and development in the beginning
In the event your child loses interest in his or her music studies, don't panic.
- Discuss the situation with your child to determine why their interest is declining
- Talk to your child's music teacher to see what might be done to rekindle their enthusiasm
- Encourage your child to stick with lessons for an agreed period of time
- Offer increased enthusiasm and support
I have to take a moment and tell you what a wonderful school you run. When we started looking into music lessions for the boys, the other schools we encountered were very rigid and the teachers did not seem too enthused. Then through a friend I found your school. The boys love coming to music every week and really enjoy each of their teachers. I think the fact that all the teachers love music and are actively in bands keeps the kids eager and very interested. Thank you so much, its hard to keep all four boys happy and you have done that.
Thanks - Lisa Kalef
I have three young kids that have been in music programs since they were 4 years old. Two of my guys have been with T-Rox for over a year now and learning more now than ever before. The real world approach these guys take get the kids excited and engaged right away and have the kids playing over night. Most importantly my kids are now motivated to play on their own without me having to push to practice. Other text book programs just made the kids feel like it was work and made it hard to stick to but T-Rox staff connects with my guys and gets them pumped about playing.
Thanks - Phil Pietrasiak
Joe and I just wanted to say what a great job you and all the T-Rox staff did yesterday (at the T-Rox ShowTime). We thoroughly enjoyed it. It was Nick’s first time on stage and he was thrilled about it. He was pretty pumped for his audition at Cawthra this morning, which he feels went very well. You provide everything one could possibly hope to find in a music school. Kudos to you all.
Sincerely - Maryann & Joe Agueci
Just a quick email to tell you how much we enjoyed the children’s concert on Sunday. It was a warm, inclusive, energetic, open, and sharing musical experience. The teachers or students that played with many of the kids were absolutely amazing! As were the kids themselves!
We will most definitely try to make it to one of your jam sessions in the future…I just need to remember if they are the 1st or last Sunday of each month and the time. (Last Sunday 🙂 )
Thank you for a really wonderful experience.
Sincerely - Leisa & Jim DeBono
The instructors and staff at T-Rox have managed to strike that perfect chord – teaching music fundamentals without forgetting why people pursue music in the first place. From day one both my boys have made fantastic progress and after each class they can’t wait to play what they’ve learned! Their instructors are musicians in their own right, who my kids look up to, can relate to, and who fuel my kids’ love of music and broaden their appreciation of music in all forms. Let’s just say my kids wear their guitars around the house as if they were their favourite t-shirts. After a T-Rox concert experience you are left thrilled and impressed not only by your own child’s ability, but by the talent of all the students! When the instructors play alongside your child, you can’t help but feel the power of the creative process. From a Sonatina to Coldplay to Red Hot Chili Peppers.anything goes! And the sense of community and support that is shared between students, instructors and audience is inspiring! It makes you want to go home and pick up your old acoustic or your accordion and just create music!