Prestige Music Academy

Music Minder – Cars Get HOT!

Heat will alter and in some cases ruin your instrument.  As Phoenix heats up to extreme temperatures it is imperative that you do not leave your instruments in the car.  Please, folks . . . instruments have feelings too!

Back to School Brush-Up

Has your instrument been collecting cobwebs over the summer?  Be sure to check back in with us before school starts to brush up on your skills.   Band and choir auditions usually take place in the first month of school.  If you’ve been eyeing that first chair seat or a featured solo, you’ll need some extra practice.  Our talented instructors are here to help!   Once school begins, time slots go quickly.  Contact us as soon as possible for a regular lesson slot.

Check out our new site!

For those of you who come to our page periodically, CHECK THIS OUT!  We have completely revamped and revved up our website to include more information, details about our instructors, fun games and useful tools you will love to use.   Feel free to return often and…enjoy!

Now Hiring

Prestige Music Academy is pleased to announce that we are growing, and are adding to our team of qualified instructors!

Interested parties please send your resume to JLeitch@prestigemusicacademy.com.

PMA Star On the Go!

PMA student Timothy Croskey is competing in the 200 and 400 meter races in the 9-10 year-old division at the US Track & Field Arizona Championships.  Way to go Timothy!

Summer Music Tips

Have you or your child been playing and practicing regularly through the school year?  If so, fabulous!  Don’t let all those great skills deteriorate over the summer.  Even if you are going out of town this summer, it is important to keep practicing and keep up with your music lessons.  We can be flexible and work with you for scheduling during the summer months.  Let us know your schedule, and we’ll find time to fit in lessons while you’re in town.

¡Cha Cha Cha!

Admit it. When you eat at a Mexican food restaurant and hear a live mariachi band, your little heart skips a beat. They are fun. They are entertaining. They are loud. They are cool. I have no idea what they are singing about, but I want them to keep the hits a comin’. Prestige is proud to offer the first and only Mariachi School in Arizona! We offer an intensive class giving instruction in not only the music of the mariachi band, but the cultural significance and thorough history behind it.  Taught by professional musicians with many years of mariachi experience who are eager to keep this important part of the culture alive and well for yet another eager generation. Guitar, Bass, Trumpet, Violin and Vocals included in the instruction. Our last session was completely sold out in a matter of days.  Contact us to get on the waiting list for our next session.

You know you're jealous. It's OK. So are we.

Amazing

Megan stuns the listeners...

Is it normal that I feel so amazingly proud of the students at PMA on such an individual basis?  I am not their teacher, but when I see them perform I somehow want to take credit in some way for their accomplishment.  I feel so proud.  This is Megan.  Last fall she gave a private recital in her home of the entire Suzuki Book 3 for violin.  I was honored to be invited. She did such a wonderful job and I can only imagine how proud her parents and siblings are of her accomplishments. Violin is a very challenging instrument and she just keeps plugging away.  Each time I hear her play it is more amazing. What a gift.  I love this feeling and to think I get to do this all year long.  Thank you for inviting me, Megan.  This is why I do what I do.

How Long To Practice:

This question is as age-old as “how long will it take my child to get good?”  If only the answer were as simple as asking the question..  Here are a few guidelines to help you know what is best for you or your child.  If the child is under the age of 5 you should expect no more than 5 or 10 minutes of practice at a time.  It is a victory at this age to get in 3 days per week.  Around ages 6-8 you should expect no more than 30 minutes of practice per session, ideally accomplishing that 5 times per week.  By the age of 9 or 10 a child is capable of longer periods of practice and daily can be expected.

Having said that, PLEASE understand each child is different and learns at a different pace.  If you have a child who is 9 years old and can’t focus on practicing for more than 15 minutes at a time but is still eager to learn and loves having lessons, threats to stop the lessons if the practicing is not daily for an hour at a time will only be a huge wet blanket on their excitement and quitting will wind up looking like the only option to the child.  If your child is young and can practice for an extended period of time, count your blessings, encourage your little Mozart and reward their efforts.

As much as we like to think our kids are all musical geniuses, the simple truth is that if they will keep plugging away at their pace they will learn.  The goal here is enjoyment, a feeling of accomplishment which increases self-esteem and of course all the other named and unnamed benefits music can bring.  Most of all have fun!

Vocal Tip: Foods

Before singing you should avoid eating for at least 2 hours if possible.  In particular, there are certain kinds of foods that can irritate even the toughest songbird.  Citrus, dairy, chocolate, fatty foods and anything that is difficult to digest should be at the top of your “DO NOT EAT BEFORE SINGING” list.  If you (like the majority of everyone else in the world) happen to be even slightly sensitive to one or more of these types of food, you will have an raging river of thick mucous flowing that no amount of throat clearing will cure.

Rather, opt for a light snack and drink plenty of water until after your performance.  Your loyal vocal cords will thank you.