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.