Using Music to Cope with Anxiety

written by Annie Murphy, MT-BC Most of us spend our days listening to music whether it is on our commute to work, while cooking dinner, doing chores around the house, or while working out. Music can elicit a wide variety of emotions and because of this, music can be a powerful tool to use when … Read more

Making Your Music Goals Happen

by Metro Music Makers instructor Clifford Koufman You would be amazed at what can happen as the result of setting a goal for your music, or even just admitting to yourself what you hope to accomplish with your music.  Do you want to play in your bedroom by yourself? Is that enough? Do you want … Read more

The Power of Love (Songs)

by Metro Music Makers instructor Aria Taboada February 14, the day of love, is almost here. It’s the day where we celebrate romance with lots of chocolate, hearts and flowers. I personally do not think that Valentine’s Day is complete without a good playlist of love songs. If you know what you are looking for, … Read more

Music Therapy Intervention Series: Drawing to Music

By Metro Music Makers music therapist Kristen Van Dyke, MT-BC *Note: The goal of this blog series discussing music therapy interventions is to give more information about the field of music therapy and what a music therapist does. For the safety of all those involved, only a licensed, board-certified music therapist should carry out these … Read more

Teacher Spotlight: Michael Pagel

1. How long have you been teaching at Metro Music Makers, and what do you teach?I teach guitar, piano, ukulele, strings, brass and other band instruments. I’ve been with Metro Music Makers for almost a year now. 2. What is your first musical memory?My first musical memory was playing recorder in first grade. I loved … Read more

Student Spotlight: Lulu Dobson

Lulu Dobson is 11 years old and has been studying various instruments with Metro Music Makers for a couple of years. Her instructor Kristen Van Dyke recently interviewed her for our Student Spotlight series. What instruments are you learning, and how long have you been studying them?Ukulele (two years), piano (one month), voice, and trumpet … Read more

My Year in Songwriting

by Metro Music Makers instructor Mark Grundhoefer Readers of the blog may remember that last year I set a pretty lofty goal: to write, record and release new music every month of 2019. Here we are in January, and I’m happy to say I completed my goal, releasing 22 songs (singles and EPs) over 12 … Read more

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