How do I make my child practice? 

​Practicing never seems like the most fun thing to do, and asking your child to practice is even less fun. However, as a parent it is important to instill in your child the routine of practicing, not only in order to get the most for your money for lessons, but also to create good habits and self-discipline in your child. This article explores methods of creating a good-practicer, without resorting to harsh "tiger mom" methods. 

Getting Kids to Practice Music Without Tears or Tantrums

Community Outreach  

Here is a project that completed my college career. As president of the Rutgers chapter of the American String Teachers Association I began an outreach program at New Brunswick High School allowing music students at Rutgers to teach high school string players on a weekly basis. It was so much fun!

Rutgers, American String Teachers Association in New Brunswick HS

"On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, echoes of soothing symphonies travelled through the halls of the New Brunswick High School. 

The sound could be traced to one of the school’s music rooms, where a group of Rutgers students and students from the high school came together to play various string instruments. Under the guidance of the college musicians, the young orchestra members worked to enrich their violin, viola or cello playing techniques. 

The participating University students are part of the Rutgers chapter of the American String Teachers Association, a national organization for music educators and string instrument players. The campus group, which was established in the fall of 2014, is the only recognized chapter in New Jersey. 

“We really wanted to get a volunteer component because we think it’s important to give back to your community,” said Seth Van Embden, president of the group and a Mason Gross School of the Arts junior. 

Van Embden and other members of the chapter saw a window of opportunity when they found out that the New Brunswick high school had a string program for students who could not fit orchestra classes on their schedules. 

They teamed up with the arts department of the New Brunswick school system and Marybeth Purcell, a music teacher in the high school and organizer of the school’s string program. 

Having more experienced and technical string players to help mentor the students has been beneficial, she said. The members of the chapter allow her to divide her students into smaller groups and have them concentrate on practicing their respective instruments."