Rhapsody Arts Center

For Parents

1031 North Edge Tr
Verona, WI 53593
Ph: 608-848-2045
E-mail: info@rhapsodyarts.org

Communication

Open communication between parent and teacher is critical to success in any educational endeavor. We urge you to check in with your child’s teacher on a weekly basis after his or her lesson. When conversations in person are not an option, conversations via phone provide the clearest communication.

Please refer to the weekly assignment sheet or class syllabus for notes from the teacher, and check the website calendar for events and activities. Newsletters are emailed and contain important information. Please take time to read them carefully.

Music: An Investment in Your Child’s Future

Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, a handbook published by The College Board, states that: “Preparation in the arts will be valuable to college entrants whatever their intended field of study. The actual practice of arts can engage the imagination, foster flexible ways of thinking, develop disciplined effort, and build self-confidence.”

Involving your child in musical activities at an early age is an investment in his or her future. Most people who study music don’t go on to become professionals. But for many of them, music-making becomes a lifelong activity. Adults who participate in music, whether singing or playing an instrument, find it is fun and a relaxing way to relieve work-related and day-to-day stress.

A child’s musical life should not be deadly serious: there is plenty of time to prepare for a musical career if that becomes a goal. Just as there are many who enjoy jogging for fun and have no intention of competing in the Olympics, your child should be encouraged to experience what music provides, based on his or her own instincts and interests.

The Learning Triangle: Student, Parent and Teacher…

Ways in which a supportive relationship can be developed between student, parent, and teacher:

  • Acknowledge growth and encourage the pupil’s trust in his/her musicianship.
  • Help the pupil to establish clear and appropriate goals in the areas of performance, experience, and learning.
  • Expand the pupil’s musical awareness in the areas of sight, sound, feeling, and understanding.

 

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