May 29, 2020

Winchester Community Music School and WinCAM have developed a special video series to share musical joy with Winchester seniors and residents & staff in our local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Music therapist Monika Gibbons has created two sing-along videos—one with guitar and one with piano—of songs that are well known especially to our senior residents.

March 2, 2020

Posted by Peter Morelli, WCMS piano faculty member
This month's blog post comes to you courtesy of WCMS faculty member Peter Morelli. Peter has been teaching at WCMS since Fall 2018 and teaches private piano and jazz piano lessons as well as group keyboard classes. Check out Peter's advice for musicians who would like to learn jazz, but may find it intimidating or not know where to start.

February 1, 2020

Posted by Sara Schwindt, Assistant Director
February is the second month of our new "Composer of the Month" initiative here at WCMS. One purpose of this initiative is to offer opportunities for whole-community engagement around each month's chosen composer. In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate the achievements and legacy of Florence Price.

January 3, 2020

Posted by Laurie Russell, Executive Director
Around this time of year, parents and students often start to ask about summer music programs. As a music educator, I love the idea of sending kids to festivals and camps because it can help students bridge those summer months by gaining new skills and knowledge. Our guest blogger, Kate Kayaian, shares her "5 Ways a Summer Music Festival Will Change Your Life."

November 26, 2019

Posted by Laurie Russell, Executive Director
It seems that the month of December is filled with music. So many of us have a favorite song or two that may remind us of our childhood, speaks to us spiritually, or is part of a holiday tradition. No matter what our celebrations may be at this time of year, music is a common thread throughout every culture.

November 7, 2019

Posted by Laurie Russell, Executive Director
My work day allows me to be surrounded by people playing live music throughout much of the afternoon and evening. I also have the joy of attending countless concerts and recitals throughout the school year at WCMS. However, my family and I still prioritize going out to see live music performances whenever possible. Why? Many reasons.

October 1, 2019

Posted by Sara Schwindt, Assistant Director
You probably already know that musical success requires regular practice. But what exactly does that mean? Not all practice is created equal—half an hour of intentional practice built on good habits is going to be a lot more effective than two hours of haphazard, unfocused practice. By following a few suggestions, you can ensure that each practice session is time well spent, which will ultimately increase the satisfaction and joy of learning music.

September 3, 2019

Posted by Laurie Russell, Executive Director
I typically smile a bit when a parent says to me, "my child wants to the play the drums but I think I'll have them take <insert almost any other instrument here> instead." At that point, I silently thank my own mom and dad for not telling their fifth grade daughter she could not choose the drums for her instrument.

August 15, 2019

Posted by Laurie Russell, Executive Director
Music students and families often ask, "What is music theory?" Or perhaps they wonder, "I already take private lessons, so why is my teacher recommending that I take a theory class?" To lend some insight, I thought I'd share my thoughts about the importance of music theory for music students at any age or level.

August 15, 2019

Posted by Sara Schwindt, Assistant Director
As we get ready to start a new school year, we're excited to announce that WCMS will be publishing a monthly blog. Entries on a variety of timely musical topics will be written by various WCMS staff and faculty members, as well as occasional "guest commentators." We hope you will find our new blog a useful resource—and if you would like to suggest an idea for a topic, please send an email to Sara Schwindt, Assistant Director.