Joe's Music Blog
When selecting the right music education program for your
child, you should look at more than whether or not a school teaches a specific
instrument or style of dance. There are a whole range of factors to consider,
so that you and your child get the most value out of the music education
experience. A music program should incorporate history, scholarship,
self-discipline, and leadership preparation, integrating into your child’s
complete educational experience.
There are several things you should look into, such as:
Accreditation: A good music school has national and state accreditations. The National Association of Music Education is the leading national association of music educators. Your state will most likely have its own association of music education, such as New York State School Music Association.
Class structure: A music school will have lesson plans and topics you can review. In addition to the usual practice time, it’s a good idea to examine things such as the class term plan subjects taughy and the lesson sequence. What is the methodology that the instructor uses? What are the lesson plans throughout the quarter or class term?
Music history and culture: What is the cultural and historical background of the musical form included in instruction, either in terms of the music that is curated or direct instruction? How much does the role of cultural heritage play in instruction?
- A good school will provide
instructor qualifications, certification of instructor degrees such as BFA or
MFA, and any special qualifications or credentials that they may have.
Measuring progress and results
- Ask how the program measures
accomplishment and progress. Various programs measure the ability to successfully
perform in a recital or other event as a level of accomplishment.
- Programs will also have guidelines
for at home support, including recommendations as to at-home practice
schedules, ways to keep young music students motivated and excited about music
and their program, and so on.
Is it fun? Is it social?
- The one way to tell this is by
checking out a sample class, and by word of mouth recommendations. Often, great
schools will have videos depicting their students in action, showing results.
- Another great way to see if your
child will enjoy the program is to attend a recital. This is an opportunity to
meet instructors and staff, fellow young musicians, and to learn about the
school and program.
Team building and leadership skills
- Finally, a great conversation to
have with school staff is to see how the program develops leadership and team
skills. Music is collaborative, and seeing how young musicians progress and
become leaders in bands, orchestras and other groups in the program is a great
way to measure a program’s effectiveness.
A great music education program should be more than simply a fun activity – it should be a rich educational experience. Great music education not only teaches performance skills, but it also imparts culture, history, self-esteem, and leadership skills.
We’d love to talk with you about helping you and your young student begin a music education program. Call Joe’s Music Center & Performing Arts at 718-454-3036 or contact us .
Taking up a dance program can help you achieve health goals, build coordination, reduce stress, and meet people! Joining a dance class or program is something that any adult should look into.
As we grow older, we find ourselves facing challenges that involve maintaining our best physical condition, dealing with the various worries and stresses of everyday life, and the natural process of growing old. But a great way to be young at heart and to enjoy our later years is music.
Dance is an excellent way for seniors to maintain health, relieve stress, and stay active. Dance programs for seniors are also a great way to stay connected and social. The pleasure and joy of music is something which you can take advantage of in a dance program. Consider these points:
· Physical, mental, social benefits
Dancing reduces stress, anxiety, and increases physical fitness. For example, the Daily Mail reports that Tango dancing literally reduces depression, according to a recent study . You can literally dance your blues away!
· Low impact styles appropriate for seniors
Jazz, Tap, Salsa and Waltz are all low impact styles of dance that are great for seniors, according to this article . Professional instructors will of course moderate the program for those in attendance. Dance can create a great social experience that is good for the heart in all ways.
As always, it’s always good to warm up and proceed at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
· Class frequency
Going once a week is great to start off with. An introductory dance class that matches the styles you like is a great place to start – this is the reason why styles like Ballroom, Line Dancing and Tango are ideal for older students. A regular class schedule is good both for physical reasons as well as for social ones – the friendships and contacts that are a vital addition to the value that class offers.
· Socialization and personal contact
A dance class can be a great place for older students to make new friends, contacts and be social. As people grow older, the risk of isolation and lack of social contact becomes a greater concern. A fun and energetic dance class can help older students make new friends and connections, which can lead into other opportunities to expand their social network. This in turns multiplies the mental and physical health benefits of dance.
· Is it right for me?
We recommend that older students reach out to their family and support professionals to determine if a dance class is a good fit. As always, consult with your doctor, family and other important support providers.
As always, we at Joe’s Music Center & Performing Arts welcome older dance and music students. Reach out to us at 718-454-3036 or email us at email@example.com . We’d love to speak with you about our programs and how they can help seniors enjoy the richness and pleasure of music.
Practicing an instrument builds up coordination, reduces stress and is enjoyable. Learn one of the coolest instruments ever – the Saxophone. The saxophone has a long history in the annals of modern American music in a wide variety of genres. Thousands of kids and adults each year start the study of the sax, and begin a wonderful journey into the world of music.
· Saxophone history – invented by Adolphe Sax
The saxophone is a single reed musical instrument invented by renowned musician Adolphe Sax. He revealed his invention to the world in 1844. Until that time, military bands of the time used oboes, bassoons, and French horns. During the orchestral debut of the Saxphone, Sax’s good friend Hector Berlioz conducted a concert featuring his choral arrangement Chant Sacre which featured the Saxophone.
As the instrument evolved and was adopted across Europe and the world, Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) became one of the first advocates of the Saxophone in the Jazz world, being a contemporary of Louis Armstrong. Other figures include Frankie Trumbauer (1901-1956), Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969) and Johnny Hodges (1906-1970).
· Types of saxophones – Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Contrabass and Subcontrabass
The most popular saxophones are the military band saxophones alternates instruments in B♭ and E♭. Other instruments exist in C and F, but these have always been marginal. Most military bands (including school marching bands) call for an E♭ baritone, B♭ tenor, E♭ alto and B♭ soprano. Discuss with your child’s band director what kind of sax would be most appropriate while checking out our article on choosing your child’s first instrument if you and your child are planning on exploring the saxophone as an instrument.
· Saxophones in Jazz and other pop music
Jazz greats such as Charlie Parker helped popularize the use of the saxophone in jazz ensembles, revolutionizing small group performance. The sax has also played important roles in Reggae, Ska, and later Rock and Hip Hop, especially with the use of sampling.
· Saxopone for kids
Which saxophone is right for a growing beginner? By far, the Alto Saxophone is usually the most popular. Due to the fact it requires less lung power and puff than other saxophones, the Alto sax is more popular than its larger brothers. It also is easier to play “in tune” than the smaller Soprano sax.
· Used and new Saxophones
Good starting brands for new saxophones are the Yamaha YAS280 (for a premium model), the Jupiter 500 Q (for a mid tier brand), and the Sonata 701 (for an entry level instrument.) Speak with our specialists at Joe’s music for insight and advice.
· Is it right for me?
Only you can answer that question, but working with music professionals, teaches, and the child in question to try music and a few sample lessons can bring nothing but benefit. Reach out to your child’s arts and music teachers. You can also contact us, and we’d be delighted to answer any of your questions.Come to Joe’s Music, and explore the Saxophone. Enter the world of music.
The Cross Cultural Internship Program is a program that takes place every May through August, administered through FUSIA Communications, a J-1 Exchange Visitor Intern Program Designated Visa Sponsor, and works directly with top universities across Asia and 20+ qualified host organizations in New York and the surrounding areas. Since 2008, CCIP has provided opportunities to nearly 1,000 exchange visitors.
Detail of exchange program
The Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 Intern) is designed to allow foreign college and university students or recent graduates to come to the United States and gain exposure to US culture and to receive hands on experience in US business practices in their chosen occupational fields. You can find out more at https://j1visa.state.gov/programs/intern .
What is CCIP?
The Cross Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) is a comprehensive internship program that takes place every summer from May through August. The program is administered directly by FUSIA Communications, a J-1 Exchange Visitor Intern Program Designated Visa Sponsor, and works directly with top universities across Asia and 20+ qualified host organizations in New York and the surrounding areas. Since 2008, CCIP has provided opportunities to nearly 1,000 exchange visitors. Joe’s Music Academy has been working in partnership with FUSIA Communications since the start of the program.
What is some of the history of the involvement of Joe’s Music and the CCIP?
Joe Music has been a host company hosting J-1 Interns via CCIP since 2013. It was referred by Djam Insurance Brokerage Inc. (anther company hosting J-1 Interns since 2011). Each summer Joe hosts 2 to 4 interns.
Profiles and comments of exchange students
As Joe’s Music has been hosting Interns since 2013, all of the great memories and experiences are too many to go into here. But here are some great comments and memories of from our prior program participants:
"It’s really different when I am put into a real business setting. Although my work may not contribute a lot to the company, I knew that being a successful businessman is never easy and entails years of experiences and failures."
"I feel lucky to be here. It’s an opportunity for me to see a clear picture of what I want. Frankly, I do not really enjoy what I am doing in Joe’s Music. My job includes event management and administrative stuff. However, I considered to do event management before I came here. Now, I think I’m done with it. I learned a few things from my co-workers from CCIP. The way we doing things is totally different. I also appreciate his style. It is good to know others' cultures."
"After worked as an intern in Joe’s Music and Dance Academy, I gained professional skills and new experience. I learnt to use Photoshop and Microsoft Publication to design marketing materials. I had also learnt how to manage and reform the database system. Moreover, I had trained up my communication skills with customers. While we had to work on the reception sometimes, we had to greet to the customers who came to ask questions. Meanwhile, we need to communicate with the supervisor and the colleagues on the tasks that we had to finish. Besides the skill learnt from the workplace, living in New York and YMCA provided opportunities to train my self-care skills. While sometimes I had to find the route which could reach to my target location, I need to prepare everything before I entered the subway station. Or otherwise, I had to find my way without any friends and any mobile network. It enhanced my problem solving skills when I had to face the problems by myself.
"I really want to say, i’m very rejoice to come this cultural exchange internship, i learn so many things in there, From the day when i apply this internship, i learn how to correctly write the forms in USA. And i also learn how to do things concentration, and i become more and more prudentially and follow rules, i will check email everyday and don’t often late for upload document from before, So i’m very thankful my sponsor Miss Ek and this internship. And other part in this internship i also learn some office skills and office system, over that i also experience the USA culture and lifestyle, So i really thankful this internship and really learning more."
"Yes, I thought that I had grown professionally. Through this internship, I learned more knowledge about marketing and knew to combine the knowledge learned from books with the practical problems. Moreover, I have learned the importance of social communication to colleagues and leaders or boss. What’s more, I became to think and behave as a worker, rather than a students, which I believed that was a great change for me to become more mature."
"I can learned lots of new things even reorganize the files. This is kind of interest, when I sort out those files, I can know American style throughly. Cheque, Billing, Statement, Contact. How to pay, how to deal with those essential processes."
Exchange educational activities
Participants learned about music instruction, how to run a business, interacting with students and performing! They experienced the entire Joe’s Music Academy business, from top to bottom, and were involved in every aspect of it’s running. They brought their own unique talents and passion, adding value and bring insight and skill to our students, while learning the unique method and experience that only Joe’s Music and it’s decades of music instruction experience can provide. This created a truly unique cross cultural educational experience for both sides. Our exchange students are hard working, creative and passionate, and we at Joe’s Music are grateful to have them!
Joe’s Music Academy is proud to be a partner with the CCIP and looks forward to the expansion of this amazing program for overseas music students in years to come!
Joining band is a big step for a lot of kids. Here at Joe’s Music, we get a lot of questions as to whether a particular stage in a child’s life is the right one to start studying a musical instrument. We feel that any time is the best time to start the practice of an instrument. Here are some ideas as to the right instrument, a practice schedule, and steps towards success.
· Which is the best musical instrument for you and your child?
We say for both you and your child because we understand that there are logistical issues that are involved in certain instruments. Further, a parent should be involved at every level in the support of their child exploring the world of music. But generally, a musical instrument should be considered on these factors –
· Is the particular instrument convenient and within the family’s budget plans? For example, Oboes call for special reeds. Other instruments, such as brass instruments and woodwinds, have certain price points that need to be planned for.
· Does the family have the space and surroundings for convenient practicing of the instrument? For example, drumming after dinner in a tight residential space may not be optimal.
· Is the instrument’s shape and size compatible with your child’s? Is it easy to play?
As discussed in this Banddirector.com article , there are physical considerations as well as social ones for instruments – kids often want to play “cool” instruments which may be impractical, and it may be smart to start with a smaller, related instrument and then graduate into larger sizes – for example, from a cornet into a trumpet, and from an alto saxophone to a tenor or baritone.
· Setting a practice schedule
Setting a practice schedule is essential for success . Preparing a space that is just for music practice that’s away from other family activities, putting away phones, and practicing consistently each day for a short time is guaranteed to get consistent results.
When preparing to practice, some relaxation exercises are recommended. It’s important to limber and loosen the limbs , fingers and muscles and to clear the mind so that the young musician can concentrate entirely on the music.
· Used or new instruments
Used or new instruments can be equally as good, but the advice of a reputable music retailer and shop is recommended. Most music retailers have the breadth and depth of experience to make a good recommendation as to reputable brands, and may even have used sections or be able to recondition older instruments.
· Keeping things fun
Parents should be involved in supporting enthusiastically their children’s exploration of music, and should be present when they practice, to support and encourage them. Above all else, music should never be seen as a chore or as something to be done as an expectation, but instead as something that is done to be both enriching and developmental as well as to bring pleasure and fun to the child. Musical practice stimulates the mind, body and emotions, and if approached with a positive attitude can be one of the positive pillars for academic and personal development during childhood.By following these steps, you and your child can know the pleasure and benefits of music performance and education for years to come.