Guitar and Ukulele article by instructor Kyle Dawkins

Thinking about learning to play Guitar or Ukulele?

There are many reasons to pick up an instrument. Of course, the most basic is just loving the sound of a particular instrument. Oconee Music instructor, Kyle Dawkins, talks more about his personal journey as a guitarist and shares some of the social and cognitive benefits.

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Guitar instructor, Kyle Dawkins

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100 Day Practice Challenge for Super Students

As we begin a new year, it’s time to shake it up and do something fun to motivate students to keep working hard, even through the winter doldrums!

Our challenge runs from January 5th-April 30. During that time students will try to log 100 days of practice in the student portal OR the printable paper logLearn more

Music Lessons 101

Do you want to be a music parent? You need to know these 5 things!


How do you know what to expect from music lessons if you never had music lessons yourself? Maybe you did take lessons, but you’ve never considered lessons from a parent’s perspective. I’m going to show you how to tell if your child is ready for lessons, how lessons work, how to practice, how to help your student be successful, and what your music teacher really wants you to know! I’ve been a piano teacher for over 15 years and this is based on questions I get asked frequently. Please READ THIS if you’re considering lessons for your child because you need to know these things!Learn more

Adult Music Lessons – Tips for being successful!

Adult Music Lessons can be intimidating!

My student, Ann Kohler, was kind enough to sit down with me and do an interview about being an adult piano student (video below). Lots of adults tell me that they took music lessons when they were kids but dropped out for various reasons. They often want to begin again but it seems intimidating to start.

Ann has progressed from learning simple tunes to playing jazz/pop/classical standards and having a wonderful time doing music she loves! She recently played in an adult only recital and said this…

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How do I know if my child is ready for music lessons?

Ready or not?

Ready or not? As parents we always want the best for our kids! We’re eager for them to do activities that are educational, beneficial to their IQ, and deliver lifelong enjoyment–such as music lessons. I get asked all the time, “is my child ready for music lessons?” Most parents really can’t wait to get their child into music lessons but they’re not sure when the time is right.

Good news, folks! There is no more guessing about if your child is ready or not. YOU can find out if your child is ready for music lessons with some simple tips and techniques.

Then all you need to do is find a great teacher, but I’ve got you covered there too!

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