Music Lessons Are Still Important
During COVID-19, the world may have turned a little upside down, but childhood is not cancelled! and we are all looking for ways to have things stay as "normal" as possible. Virtual music lessons is definitely one of those ways to keep things moving for students. Let's not just survive 2020 - let's help our children THRIVE!
Below are a few benefits when it comes to taking Virtual Music Lessons!
Music lessons are always important to a child's development, but perhaps even more during these uncertain and ever-changing times. We have amazing technology at our fingertips that will help our children continue to grow - no matter the circumstances. Let's use it and make some music together!
You could be a current music student looking to keep your skills sharp or a new music student who is ready to explore an instrument. Either way, summer is a great time to make things happen! Here are some fantastic reasons why:
1. You're free from distractions and without pressure to do homework, make deadlines or get to extracurricular activities after school.
2. There are longer days in the summer which means there's more time to fit in all the summer fun and practice your instrument!
3. Give your child a sense of accomplishment and boost their confidence with short term goals and new skills they can be proud of.
4. Keep your kids entertained with an activity that boosts brainpower and works their creativity!
Why choose Lanti?
Located just outside of the Charlotte area, our Indian Trail studio is the perfect central location to all your summer fun. You can learn to play piano right after playing soccer at the park or get your drum rocking to the beat after a sunny day at the pool.
Summer at Lanti is a great time for lessons as we offer flexible scheduling with both 5-lesson and 8-lesson options; you learn when you want to and that means you don't have to worry about changing your vacation plans! Our teachers make sure to keep things fun and exciting over the summer so that your violin and guitar lessons always feel as refreshing as a dip in the ocean!
A bonus: if you're feeling apprehensive about in-person music lessons due to COVID-19 we will still be offering remote learning and virtual music lessons via zoom. All of our music teachers are fully trained to teach your favorite musician online, keeping their skills fresh while having a great time!
We'll see you this summer!
We know this recital season looks a little different for everyone since online performances are just about our only option, but have no fear! We are here with our 5 best tips to make your online recital day the best it can be, and hopefully ease your fears along the way!
Well everyone, there you have it! Our 5 best tips for your virtual recital. Have a tip you'd like to share? Leave it in the comments! And don't forget to let us know how your virtual recital goes! Plus check out some additional tips here and here.
Let's talk about PLAY!
There's no doubt that parents have been trying to figure out ways to keep their children busy over the last couple of months during the COVID-19 quarantine. In the midst of tackling "school at home", make sure to add just as much playtime (if not more) into your day! Check out this article from the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics about why playtime is so important to the well-being of our kids and youth.
Of course, make sure to practice your instrument and acting skills each day, but if you need some creative inspiration, our friends over at No Time for Flashcards have you covered! They came up with an awesome list of ideas for outdoor play.
Here's our Top 5 Favorite Picks:
1. Melt Crayons in the Sun
2. Paint like Jackson Pollock
3. Flower Painting
4. Go on a sound safari
5. Play Angry Birds with Water Balloons
There you have it - fun for hours! Make sure to send tag us @lantiperformingarts if you try one (or all) of these outdoor play ideas!
Want more ideas? Take a look at the full list HERE.
Speaking of fun activities - Lanti Performing Arts is home to some of the most creative music and acting camps in Indian Trail, NC (located just outside of Charlotte). We are super hopeful that things will be rocking and rolling in time for summer camps (with precautions, of course).
We have over 25 weekly themed camps so if you have a child 4-18 years old, make sure to check out our line-up HERE!
Day #273849817 of Quarantine
Hey mamas...can we take a minute and pause from the school work, cooking 5 million meals a week, and the zoom meetings? I know you're juggling a lot right now and with the upcoming Mother's Day weekend - this year tops the charts of "We Are Earning the Mom Title"!
Am I right?!
If you're anything like me, you've had a roller coaster of days while in quarantine...
Play outside days,
Missing friends & family days
Dance party days,
Too much technology days,
Smell the flower days,
Messy days (felt I needed to add that 3 times!),
Winning school days,
Close all the books and cry days.
Friend - you are not alone! These days are totally normal day right now and we're ALL having them!
I love the fourth agreement, from Don Miguel Ruiz's book, The Four Agreements. (If you haven't read it - grab it on Amazon - it's so insightful!)
His message is simple.
Always do your best.
Ruiz explains, "Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret."
How freeing is this!? Maybe on Monday you were a total Pinterest/Marie Kondo/Super-Mom but today you're just struggling to put on pants and make sure you don't eat the whole bag of Oreos.
No matter what kind of day it is today - give yourself grace, give others grace, and just keep doing your best!
Take a breath. Each moment is a new moment.
And who knows - tomorrow night you might even cook a 7-course meal in your little black dress (HA! Who am I kidding!? I don't even know what day it is - we'll be rocking some PB&J again!)
Keep earning your title because you are one incredible quarantine-surviving mama!
P.S. Feel free to save the pic below as your phone screensaver - we can all use the daily reminder!
It's that time! Thanksgiving is just one week away and our local towns and cities are starting look a lot like Christmas. They're starting to sound like it too! If you're looking for a great way to get into the Christmas spirit in the next month, check out this awesome list of 12 music and theatre centric events happening in Union County and the surrounding cities!
We want to send a huge "thank you" to all of our sponsors for this year's theatre program! Because of you, we are able to provide scholarships to children who may not otherwise have access to music classes, theatre classes, and the performing arts!
If you are looking for local businesses to support, this group is wonderful! Check them out by clicking below!
Earlier this month our Bucket Drum students performed out in the community at a fall festival. It was not only a fantastic time, it was also a great learning opportunity!
Check out their video here and then read some of the benefits of the performing arts below!
So whether you are in piano lessons, drum lessons, theatre or acting classes, group music, or any other kind of music or performing arts class, you can get these amazing benefits that are so vital to childhood development. Our students love to experience music and theatre and we love to watch them grow from it!
If you've got a case of the "Monday Blues" we have your solution! Here's a few of our favorite music jokes for every guitar, piano or brass player, drummer or vocalist. (Bad and good puns included.) We hope these "funnies" brighten your Monday!
You know what time of year it is.... the time where the sound of sniffles come through the door before footsteps and coughing rings in the halls. It's sick season and that means the flu, colds, viruses, and all of the germs.
When you play an instrument like guitar, piano or drums, the instrument is easy to care for by regular cleanings and proper storage. But your voice is a living instrument. We use it every day and take it everywhere we go. So how can we protect and care for our voices like a guitar in a case? Find our top five tips to better vocal health below! (Bonus: these tips are great to help prevent sickness, but also great for when you are already under the weather!)
1. Good General Health Practices
You know the drill... wash your hands, don't drink after your friends, take your vitamins, all the usual things - but we really mean it! The healthier your body is, the healthier your voice will be. Once you start to get sick, your vocal health can decline rapidly. The healthier you are, the healthier your voice is.
2. Warm Tea with Honey
When you're feeling a little scratchy or dry, warm tea is a great option! Any tea will do, but stay away from options loaded with caffeine - it's a diuretic and will actually drain you of much needed water. You can also had a spoonful of honey; it will help to coat your chords in a good way, lubricating them and helping them rub together more easily.
3. External Hydration
Hydrating yourself from the outside is a great option too. You can run humidifiers or hot water vaporizers in your home to bring up the moisture level of the air around you. You can also breathe in shower steam, use a personal steamer, or breathe through a wash cloth with hot water.
4. Rest Your Body, Rest Your Voice
One of the best things you can do for yourself when you don't feel 100% is to rest! Now of course we do mean get plenty of sleep, but we also mean to rest your voice itself. Avoid the extremes of your voice - no yelling, no whispering! If you need to speak, do it at a low volume but don't strain yourself. Talk as little as possible and of course, don't sing unless you have to!
5. Water, Water, Water
Hydrating your vocal chords from the inside out is the best way to keep them nice and healthy. It is recommended that singers take in at least 64 ounces of water per day, but many drink more than that. Keep a water bottle with you at all times to remind you to drink up! You can also hydrate with foods that are high in water content like melons or cucumbers.
Well those are our top tips! Did we leave out one of your favorites? Leave it in the comments section below!
If you'd like more information on vocal health, Duke Voice Care Center has some great tips as well! Stay healthy!
The Lanti Performing Arts Team