Meet Jaryth.

At the age of 14, Jaryth began learning electric guitar from his step-father and an intimate group of “guitar player friends.” He soon began studying and practicing along with several old instructional VHS tapes teaching the style of various rock guitarists (Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Jake E. Lee, Darrell Abbott). That inspired him to begin working on original music. He soon attended his first hardcore-punk show, which taught him a lot about how ideal, responsible musical communities could look. Following high school, Jaryth became a devotee of the classical guitar repertoire and the history of the instrument. Some of … Continue reading Meet Jaryth.

Benefits of Singing to Babies

Lets be honest, we all sing to our babies, whether we can carry a tune or not. Lullabies, anthem’s, love songs, and tunes we seem surprised that we remember. I fondly remember singing Sweet Child O Mine by Guns n Roses soft and sweet in my babies ear. I asked students in the studio if they remember certain tunes hummed or sang sweetly to them when they were young. I also asked parents what they would sing to their babies. I got some great answers on both sides of that fence. From parents, I received such answers as “I sang … Continue reading Benefits of Singing to Babies

Village Venues Night

We are super excited about our upcoming event, Village Venues Night! Instead of the standard concert recital, we often choose to spice it up. We have asked our neighbors here in Park Place Village to help us make this event special. With the help of Chadra Mezza Grill and The Winehaus, it’s sure to be a memorable event for all. The fun begins on Saturday, October 13th at 6 pm. We will have students stationed at various venues and will perform for family, friends, proud instructors, as well as members of the community enjoying their time on our street. Winehaus … Continue reading Village Venues Night

Teach Yourself Apps. VS One-on-One Lessons

Technology is booming. Especially in the area of “teach yourself” apps. From music composition, to how to play an instrument, the market is full of self-help apps. But do these apps truly teach you properly to learn? We are firm believers in the one-on-one lessons approach. As we do live in the modern world, we do realize that there are apps out there that are great tools for teaching and learning, but there are also so many ways to make honest mistakes without an instructor looking on. So let’s weigh the pros and cons. This blog will touch on some … Continue reading Teach Yourself Apps. VS One-on-One Lessons

Benefits of Arts and Music in School

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy, but most importantly music. For the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning – Plato Knowing first hand the benefits of music in our school system, this blog will focus on the importance of arts and music education. In elementary school, about once a week the music teachers from the local high school would come to our class. They always had a musical instrument to show and play for us. In fifth grade those teachers came in and tested all the fifth graders- It was called a … Continue reading Benefits of Arts and Music in School

Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Most of us have experienced anxiety in our everyday lives.  Each person experiences anxiety on different levels. This blog will explore the levels of anxiety, and some simple techniques to help overcome performance anxiety. Before a performance, even the most accomplished performers have experienced it. There are varying degrees of anxiety. From the sweaty palms, butterflies in the stomach, and excessive worrying, to the restlessness and insomnia, to the constant worrying about your anxiety. It can become a minor inconvenience to completely debilitating. Well never fear! There are several simple ways to help you deal with and manage your anxiety. … Continue reading Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Christmas Gift Ideas 2017

Christmas is right around the corner, so if you are wondering what to get that special someone this year, we have looked around for some new and great gifts that are sure to excite the musician in your life. We’ve listed three different items, all in different price ranges. Enjoy! 2017 Music Junkie Christmas List Specdrums. App connected rings that allow you to turn the colors around you into sounds. Specdrums app runs on IOS and Android. You can assign new sounds to virtually any color around you. Specdrums also allows you to connect to drum kits, keyboards, and even … Continue reading Christmas Gift Ideas 2017

Extra Benefits of Arts and Music in Schools

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy, but most importantly music for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.   – Plato   Knowing first hand the benefits of music in our school system, this blog will focus on the importance of art and music education. This is NOT to be taken as a list of the sole reasons for music education. We believe that music should be taught for the sake of music! Music because MUSIC! All of these other benefits are just extra sweet side servings to the main dish- beauty and … Continue reading Extra Benefits of Arts and Music in Schools

Hurricane Harvey Relief

  As I reflect on hurricane Harvey and the devastation that swept thru our proud state of Texas, my thoughts gravitate to the aftermath and cleanup efforts going on down south. I am sure we all either have family or friends we have been concerned about, and have also great pride for the many men and women giving time to a good cause. It does make my heart swell to see how once again, this state has rallied around relief efforts. The pictures we have seen, does not do justice to actually what all is happening today. You never really … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey Relief

Celebrating Two Years as Music Junkies

Music Junkie just celebrated its second birthday in August. I think of the path that has carried us to this stage, the memories I have made, and the people I have met along the way. During my junior year in college, Georgia state budget cuts flooded the work market with many talented music educators. Being that I was on track for a degree in music education, I had to seriously consider my future options in career choices. Would I stand a chance of being hired in an already flooded market over someone with twenty plus years experience? Doubtful. While I … Continue reading Celebrating Two Years as Music Junkies