Entries by Tina

Buying a Keyboard or Digital Piano

We get asked all the time what keyboard parents should buy for their child.  It’s not a wonder parents can feel overwhelmed when looking for a keyboard—there are so many out there!  There are many brands, models, features, sizes, and terms that probably feel foreign to many parents. First of all, let’s get this out […]

Princess Art Party with Belle

What little girl doesn’t dream of meeting her favorite princess?  Well, at The MAC Music and Art Center, we knew we wanted to help little girls’ dreams come true. We held our first Princess Art Party this spring! The evening started off with creating a painting.  Keeping in line with the Beauty and the Beast […]

Let’s Play Music Third Year Graduation Recital

The third year of Let’s Play Music is very fun and very full—jam packed with learning to play scales and chords in different keys, learning to improvise and transpose, learning to count music properly in different time signatures, and the coup de gras—composing an original piece to play at the recital. Students begin thinking of […]

Let’s Play Music Recital for First and Second Year Students

Every year at recital time, parents ask, “What do the kids do for the recital?” It’s a valid question—after all, Let’s Play Music is not like traditional piano lessons, so what would that recital look like? Recitals for first and second year students have two goals: Demonstrate how much we have learned over the past […]

Sound Beginnings and the Do Pentatonic Scale

Sound Beginnings and The Pentatonic Scale We are in the Silver Buttons semester of Sound Beginnings this spring.  Many parents are curious about the Do Pentatonic Scale and why we use it.  It seems strange to skip over a note, doesn’t it?  Why don’t we sing Fa? Why not leave out Mi or Re?  Well, […]

Climb the Mountain-A Perspective on a Child’s Music Lessons

In 2004 I was living in Arizona.  I had recently started jogging, but since any form of exercise is not my forte, I was still struggling to run a 12-minute mile after months of exercising.  My brother, who was born with my share of the athletic genes, invited me and my sisters to come to […]

Sound Beginnings Instrument Day

Instrument Day! is always a favorite day in the Sound Beginnings class! Sound Beginnings is a parent and child music class for young children–2-4 year olds.   This semester’s class was named “White Horses” and many of the games, songs, and activities centered around horses.  The final class each semester of Sound Beginnings is called […]

The Birth of The MAC

Micah and Tina have known each other ever since they met as 14 year-old high school freshman. They have always had a love of the arts and cultural activities.  One of their favorite dates has always been to go on an art walk to local galleries, then hit a food truck or small locally owned […]

Meet Micah

  Micah’s art career began when he was a toddler and learned how to hold a crayon.  He would stay up late and draw while the rest of the family went to bed-he always was and still is a night owl!  His creations at that young age consisted mainly of trains and cars-things that had […]