This post is part of a paid partnership with Guitar Center – they are one of the largest independent music educators in the country, providing lessons for tons of instruments, including violin and piano, plus singing lessons.
When I was about six, I saw Fantasia for the first time, and I was obsessed with the violin playing.
I loved the way they sounded, of course, but I also couldn’t get over how beautiful all the synchronized bows were.
I begged to take violin lessons and I ended up playing for the next nearly seven years.
I took weekly lessons and practiced daily (possibly accompanied by daily complaining. But I’ll never tell. I hope my mom won’t either).
I grew through a quarter-size violin to a half-size to a three-quarter size violin.
I played in the city high school orchestra (even though I was only in middle school, along with a handful of my teacher’s other students).
I performed at events all around the city and went to violin camps several summers in a row and made quite a few friends.
Playing the violin was a HUGE part of my childhood.
Bart also grew up taking music lessons too (piano, in his case), and I remember early on discussing music lessons for our children.
But to my surprise, he said he thought every one of our children should take at least a year of singing lessons.
The idea of singing lessons was completely out of left-field for me, and I kind of shrugged it off (seeing as we didn’t even HAVE children), but over the past year, as Ella has showed more interest in singing, it suddenly seemed like a great idea.
Even though I haven’t picked up the violin in more than 15 years (okay, more like 20), I am so grateful for all those years of music lessons, since music education teaches all sorts of important skills that correlate to academic and cultural success, like discipline and memorization.
I’d been to Guitar Center locations on many occasions, but I had no idea they taught music lessons (for all sorts of instruments!) at their stores (they’re actually one of the largest independent music educators in the U.S.).
Bart had spent quite a bit of time earlier this year looking into voice teachers for Ella, but most of them were online and very expensive, so when we found out she could take singing lessons near me (I never want to drive very far!) at our local Guitar Center, it felt like all the stars had aligned.
With school getting out in a few weeks, it’s the perfect time for her to take weekly singing lessons, especially because my number one priority for summer activities here is indoors.
Guitar Center also has custom curriculum that focuses on teaching music theory and all their programs are approved by the National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, plus the programs can be tailored to help you learn music you’re interested in.
Ella starts next week and I can’t wait to see how it goes.
(But I’m probably not quite as excited as Bart, who has literally been waiting a decade to have a child take singing lessons).