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JULY 2020

NEWSLETTER

We are open for in-person or online music lessons!

Learn the latest about our reopening and what we are doing to keep students, staff, and teachers safe and making music!

COVID-19 UPDATE

 

STARTING FROM THE 2nd WEEK OF JUNE, OUR STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE TO COME TO OUR STUDIO FOR IN-PERSON LESSONS OR TAKE LESSONS ONLINE.

 

THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DOING TO AVOID THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE:

  • A distance of 6 feet is kept during the lessons.

  • Hand sanitizer is available for everyone.

  • Teachers wear a mask during the lessons.

  • Only one student (and his/her parent) are permitted with the teacher at a time.

  • We are cleaning our studio daily following the CDC guidelines.

 

***LIMITING BELIEF ALERT***

 

How much should you (or your child) practice at home?

 

A lot of times students and parents ask us this question and, although it is a valid inquiry, way too often it is framed in two common myths related to music education that can become a limiting belief and ultimately destroy the potential of a talented student.

 

Myth #1: In order to succeed in learning how to play an instrument students must practice hours every day.

 

Myth #2: Experts are born and not made.

 

Questions direct us.

When a student (or his/her parent) asks "How much time should I (my child) practice?" it is because they previously asked this question to themselves. If we frame this question in the commonly known myth that music students have to practice hours every day to succeed, then the answer will be completely disempowering. You will ultimately feel that you (or your child) are not practicing enough and therefore that you will never be a successful student or successful musician. 

 

The truth is that we need to train ourselves to ask quality questions in order to obtain quality answers. A better question, a question that will empower you (or your children) is: What else can I do to be inspired to play music?  (Or what else can I do to inspire my children to play music?). Inspiration is the driving force that makes us find the motivation within ourselves to accomplish anything. This is a powerful emotional resource because it is not external (we don't need anyone motivating us, this driving force is inside of us). If you (or your child) are inspired to play your instrument then learning how to do it will be just a natural consequence. 

 

The dangerous myths.

Both of these myths are false and pernicious. I have over 20 years of experience teaching music and have worked with hundreds of students in different setups (early years, children, teenagers, college students, and adult students) and the #1 roadblock in their music development is NEVER a lack of talent but limiting beliefs about "what it takes" to learn to play an instrument.

 

It is true that practice is the mother of skills and that investing more time to practice your instrument (if approached with an effective practice routine) will lead to great results. But there are different stages of learning and we all learn in different ways. A 6-year-old child can make immense progress by taking a weekly 30-minute music lesson and practicing 2 days at home for 10 minutes. And even if they don't practice at home for a few weeks they are still making progress as long as both the teacher and the parents are fostering inspiration and passion for music. The same applies to adult students with a hectic work schedule. Spaced repetition and chunking practice sessions can be a lot more effective than long practice routines.

 

Finally, experts in any field are made and not born. Mastering any field of knowledge requires using our powerful emotional resources to our advantage and not giving credit to limiting beliefs. Inspiration, determination, discipline, passion, faith, self-confidence are just a few incredibly powerful emotional resources that we all have and can cultivate in order to strengthen them. Below you have an interesting article from the magazine Scientific American on this topic. The article highlights the importance of motivation while demystifying innate talent as a factor for success.   

 

Foster inspiration!

You can inspire yourself (or your child) by doing things that are not necessarily related to practicing your instrument but that will put you (or your child) in the mood to practice. Some things that you can do: listen to a lot of music, dance and have a blast with your friends or family to songs that you like, tell your children about musicians that you like or investigate with them about musicians that they like, add music to activities that don't require your full concentration (working out, cleaning the house, eating a meal, driving to run errands), watch documentaries about musicians that you like, schedule family performances so you (or your child) can show what you've learned to friends and family members, participate in recitals.

 

Remember, don't be discouraged if at some point your child doesn't seem to be practicing and fully engaged with his/her music learning. As long as you as a parent and their teacher are doing your part to inspire them and foster passion and love for music, they are still making progress and gaining the many benefits that music education offers. They are just going at their own pace on this amazing journey. 

 

Choose wisely a music teacher.

A recurrent problem I've found both as a student and working with other teachers is that many believe these myths and have themselves limiting beliefs about "what it takes" to successfully learn how to play an instrument. These teachers believe that innate talent matters and that they "know it when they see it" and also believe that students have to practice "X" amount of hours in order to succeed. Although they are trying to teach the art form that they love, and in many cases, they have formal training and degrees in music, they lack training in emotional intelligence. This is harmful because those limiting beliefs can easily transfer to a student (or parent of a student) and ultimately push them away from the joy of playing music and all that can be gained through music education. 

 

Also, beware of a teacher that sees their job as merely transferring fundamentals of music theory and instrumental technique to a student. If a teacher is not inspiring students and engaging their emotional resources, then 80% of the benefits of music education are completely lost.  Most music academies hire teachers without screening their level of emotional intelligence and related teaching skills or even subsequently train in this fundamental area. 

 

Our mission at Kingwood Arts Academy is to empower our students and to give them tools that will help them accomplish their goals while fully enjoying the experience of learning how to play music. The tools that we provide go beyond musical knowledge and instrumental technique, we give them powerful emotional tools that can help them build self-confidence, inspiration, passion, and inner strength. Our teachers are mentors and coaches, we guide and inspire our students to help them be the best version of themselves. 

 

Unleash your passion and creativity through music!

 

Josan Pinto

Founder and Director

Kingwood Arts Academy

BRINGING JOY TO THE ELDER AMID COVID-19

 

Kingwood Arts Academy will be gathering drawings and cards with encouraging messages during July and August in order to bring them to assisted living facilities in the Kingwood area. COVID-19 has particularly hit this part of our community hard. We want to bring the bright and joyful energy of beautiful cards and paintings made by our students or anyone that might want to participate to those that need it right now. The more the better!

 

Please mail these amazing pieces of art to our studio or call to coordinate an in-person delivery. We will distribute the drawings and cards as they arrive.

INSPIRE YOUR FRIENDS!

 

Refer a friend and receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Your friend will receive FREE REGISTRATION (up to $35 value).

READY TO START? 

We are available seven days a week to serve you. Our lessons are on a month-to-month basis, and we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee!

Call now to reserve your spot!

281-881-5786

PRICING

30 MINUTE WEEKLY LESSON

$130/month

60 MINUTE WEEKLY LESSON

$260/month

A one-time registration fee of $35 is due at the time of registration.

30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

Unleash your creativity and passion through music!

 
Contact

 

281-881-5786

 

info@kingwoodartsacademy.com

3700 Kingwood Dr. 3004

Kingwood, TX 77339

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