• Student Login

  • Posts found under: Los Angeles

    2016 LA Summer Camps


    Have no fear! Summer is here!

    Looking for ideas of what to do with the kids over the summer?

    Here are a few local music camps that offer great fun learning experiences for the little ones:

    pali adventures_factsPali Adventures


    *Songwriting instruction* Improve your singing and learn about voice types* Learn from professional musicians* Collaborate with other musicians and singers* Perform live for the entire camp at the Rockstar

    Showcase* Record in a state-of-the-art studio* Take home a CD of    your own music



              Santa Monica Music Camp

           Focus: At Santa Monica Music Camp we integrate three hours of playing and one hour composition per day. Children spend their mornings learning with summer camp-style fun, including outdoor play, sports, movie time and snacks. Expect great improvement and a concert every Friday afternoon



    Grammy Camp

    Focus: You get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. You’ll meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. And you’ll get really great GRAMMY Camp swag.



    A Cappella Academy
    Focus: Contemporary a cappella music, ages 13-18 by audition only. Co-founders include a member and arrangers for Pentatonix and The Sing-Off.





    LACM Summer Experience

    Focus: Participants Get Hands-On Access from Top Industry Leaders and Talent Associated with American Idol, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The Grammy®’s, The Simpsons, Everclear, the Black Eyed Peas, Dancing With the Stars and More…







    Rock N Roll Camp For Girls

    Focus: The mission of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles is to empower girls through music education.








    Broadway Kids LA

    Focus: Ages 6-13 Experienced Musical Theatre Directors provide a nurturing and interactive environment to encourage children, who have a passion for the Performing Arts, to grow in discipline and ability through exposure to the creative process.



    FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy
    Focus: All orchestra instruments including harp; no piano.

    Idyllwild Arts Jazz Vocal Intensive
    Focus: Jazz Vocal.

    Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
    Focus: Band, chamber music, choir, jazz workshop, piano, orchestra, harp workshop, vocal jazz intensive, songwriting, song and dance.

    Jazz Camp West 2016
    Focus: Jazz/vocal intensive; piano intensive/advanced instrumental track.

    San Francisco Conservatory
    Focus: Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes (voice students); Composition Workshop (chamber music).

    Stanford Jazz Workshop
    Focus: Jazz, jazz combos, improvisation, all instruments, vocals.

    Stanford Summer Arts Institute
    Focus: Music theory, Music perceptions.

    University of the Pacific Music Camp
    Focus: Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp; Pacific Music Business Camp; senior band, orchestra, choir camp; senior piano camp.

    University of Southern California
    Focus: Guitar Seminar, Brass Seminar, Vocal Arts and College Audition Seminar,  electronic dance music, musical theatre, brass.


    The Music Junction offers piano and voice lessons at our Burbank and Hollywood locations. Call us today to learn more.

    See Our Rates Contact Us

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.


    Using sound waves to levitate objects

    Think levitation is only a magician’s trick?

    Although you may not have learned this in your high school science class, the ability to make tiny particles float in the air is possible.

    The ability to rise in the air through the power of sound, also known as acoustic levitation, is not new. Scientists have been performing this act since the 1940s. However, a group of Japanese researchers have recently mastered three-dimensional levitation, making it possible to float an object up and down and side to side. You can see the levitation in action in the video above, which also provides a great tutorial on the science behind it.

    Scientists discovered that if they perfectly align ultrasonic sound speakers they can create sound waves that exert pressure. This pressure cancels out the effects of gravity. They can make the particles move in different directions by changing the strength of the sound waves. Fortunately for scientists, the sounds waves are slightly above the normal human hearing range, which is beneficial in applying this discovery to the real world. Unfortunately for musicians, we are unlikely to replicate levitation through our own music making.

    The advancement of 3D acoustic levitation provides many benefits beyond creating an intriguing YouTube video. Acoustic levitation could help scientists keep chemical mixtures pure in stem cell research and advance antigravity experiments in space.


    See Our Rates Contact Us 

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.


    Kid Friendly Places to Listen to Live Music in Los Angeles

    At The Music Junction, we encourage our young students to see live musical performances as much as possible. Not only is listening to live music fun but it helps our performers aspire to be better. And maybe, just maybe, it will give them a little motivation to keep practicing.

    A great perk of living in the Los Angeles area is access to great cultural attractions, especially for kids. We just wrapped up some great summer music including world music at Hollywood Bowl’s Summer Sounds and free music at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena and MacArthur Park.

    Recently, we were excited to discover that the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been offering kid-friendly performances for the past few years at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The program — Toyota Symphonies for Youth  — offers art workshops and live music for children 5 to 11 years old in the fall, winter and spring. The first performance in this four-series program begins October 18 and is adorably named “What Do French Fries Sound Like.” The performance will feature the concert hall’s unique organ that children often refer to as french fries. Other performances include jazz music, Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

    Sometimes in the fall, the focus turns to other fun activities including school, pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating. It’s not always easy to find opportunities to listen to live music. Where do you go in the fall? We would love to learn of some other great venues!

    The Music Junction offers piano and voice lessons at our Burbank and Hollywood locations. Call us today to learn more.

    See Our Rates Contact Us 

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.



    Music and Your Brain

    The New York Times reports on a study showing that children who took music lessons at a young age had advanced development in their brain waves – even if they had discontinued lessons!  This is a neat finding because it shows us that even when a student wains in their commitment to lessons over the years, and maybe does not end up achieving a sophisticated understanding of their instrument, that just the act of taking lessons has forever improved them!

    After recording brain responses, Northwestern University found that “the group of students who reported musical training in childhood had more robust responses — their brains were better able to pick out essential elements, like pitch, in the complex sounds when they were tested.  And this was true even if the lessons had ended years ago.”

    It might seem like increasing the brain’s understanding of sound would have little impact on overall development, but actually it directly affects how well a child can decipher language – improving their reading and listening skills.  And when you consider that reading and listening skills are a gateway to all learning, well, you could see how that would have a pretty large impact!

    One of the sound advancements for the brain is the ability to decipher sounds in the foreground versus sounds in the background – which can help everyone in focusing on the right sounds in their environment, but also be of help specifically for those with hearing loss.

    Brain waves of musicians are obvious to scientists who are looking at them. Ms. Parbery-Clark from Northwestern University remarks ““One of my lab mates can look at the computer and say, ‘Oh, you’re recording from a musician!’ ”

    See Our Rates Contact Us

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.

    See original article here.


    Introducing the classical comedy duo “Igudesman and Joo”

    This comedy duo from Great Britain combines their incredible concert musician skills with a sense of humor, creating an amazing and impressive routine that makes classical music more accessible to audiences while entertaining the heck out of them.  This video is just an exceptional, amazing performance that personally makes me (Charissa) so happy!  Please make sure to watch it to the end because each segment gets bigger and more ridiculous.  Just when you think they can’t top themselves, they do!

    Richard Hyung-ki Joo (pianist) and Alek­sey Igudes­man (violinist) worked together to create their show, “A Lit­tle Night­mare Music,” which had an American debut in 2009. “We always had a dream to make clas­si­cal music acces­si­ble to a wider and younger audi­ence, to take out the snob­bism and elit­ism, and to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment where peo­ple are not afraid to go to con­certs,” Joo says. “We were also fas­ci­nated by humor or the­ater within music, and we real­ized that (com­edy in the con­cert hall) was an art form that doesn’t exist in the dic­tio­nary but cer­tainly works.”

    See Our Rates Contact Us

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.


    Health Benefits of Singing

    Barbershop.org published a great article outlining what the scientific and academic community have discovered about the benefits of singing.  Here’s a list of some of their findings:

    • Scientists say singing boosts immune system, helping to fight disease and prolonging life expectancy
    • Singing releases endorphins into your system and makes you feel energized and uplifted. People who sing are healthier than people who don’t.
    • Singing improves your mood. It releases the same feel-good brain chemicals as sex and chocolate!
    • Singing makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension as well.” — Professor Graham Welch, Director of Educational Research, University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK
    • Singing releases pain-relieving endorphins, helping you to forget that painful tooth/knee/whatever
    • Singing tones abdominal and intercostal muscles and the diaphragm, and stimulates circulation.
    • It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep
    • Your posture improves, which affects how you are perceived by others at crucial times like job interviews, school reports, or first dates.
    • Singing gives the lungs a workout and increases your lung capacity
    • Singing clears sinuses and respiratory tubes
    • Your mental alertness improves
    • Singing increases your confidence

    Singing is the most organic form of music that the human body can create.  And yet, often we are afraid to sing, or consider ourselves non-singers altogether.  But singing is built in to our body.  It uses the same muscles that we speak with.  If you can speak, you can sing.  Voice lessons can help create a structured approach to accessing the voice so that, with a little guidance, we can feel more confident connecting with our natural musicality.

    See Our Rates Contact Us

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.

    See original article here.


    Piano Lessons Help Children’s Finger Dexterity

    Research shows that piano lessons are recommended for the development of fine motor skills.  So, how can that enhance our lives?  Most of us use very specific finger movements all day to control our phones, laptops, tablets, etc.  If we observed our speed in operating our devices with those around us, we would notice a difference in speed depending on each persons fine motor ability.  What if you could type 50% faster?  That could have a pretty big affect on the time you spend on your computer at work or at home – it could shave hours off your day.  For children, fine motor skills are even more important as they struggle to use their fingers just to tie their shoes.

    Eugenia Costa-Giomi (PhD Ohio State University) reports research comparing the motor skills of children who took piano instruction for a two year period, versus those who didn’t, in her article “Does Music Instruction Improve Fine Motor Abilities?” published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  She recorded “a significant improvement in fine motor skills was found only for the children who received the lessons, and a significant difference in the speed of response was found between the two groups at the end of the two years of instruction. The innumerable opportunities to assess, refine, and time their motor responses to specific stimuli during musical practice and the availability of constant evaluative feedback (i.e., sound) may allow musicians to improve the accuracy and speed of perceiving and responding to relevant stimuli.” (more…)


    Why Music Education Rocks! – 10 Ways music benefits children

    As music opportunities in the schools systems dwindle, parents are taking matters into their own hands for their children’s music education – looking for ways to compensate for the experiences that are not always built into school life anymore.  But why is it so important to initiate musical experiences for our kids?  We all know a little about the benefits of studying music, but  SheKnows has put together a great  list, fleshing out 10 different ways music can affect a young persons life:

    1. It will boost their brain power

    Want to give your child a mental advantage? Music can do that. “More and more studies show a correlation between higher academic achievement with children who are exposed to music,” says children’s music specialist Meredith LeVande of MonkeyMonkeyMusic.com. “Music simply stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development.”

    2. It will improve their memory

    Where did that shoe go? That’s a question asked far too many times in far too many households with kids. Help your kids remember more (and learn more!) with music. “Further research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development,” says Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a conductor, composer and musical director for the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

    3. It helps them socially

    Picking up an instrument can also help your child break out of their social shell too, experts say. “Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline,” says Marturet, who also oversees the MISO Young Artist program in South Florida, which allows young musicians to hone their musical skills as part of a professional orchestra.

    4. It’s a confidence builder

    Are there any areas of life that aren’t enhanced by having good confidence? Probably not. And if you want your child to develop their confidence, learning to play a musical instrument can help.

    “They find that they can develop a skill by themselves, that they can get better and better,” says Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, a music teacher and performer.

    5. It teaches patience

    We live in a world of instant gratification, but real life demands having patience. When you are playing in a band or orchestra (and most musicians do), you have to be willing to wait your turn to play otherwise the sound is a mess. That inadvertently teaches patience. “You need to work together in a group to make music,” says Dotson-Westphalen.

    6. It can help them connect

    Who doesn’t sometimes feel a little disconnected from their lives? Music can be a much-needed connection for kids (and adults too!). “It can satisfy the need to unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things people often use for this purpose, such as excessive eating, drinking, or TV or aimless web browsing, it makes people more alive and connected with one another,” says Michael Jolkovski, a psychologist who specializes in musicians.

    7. It’s constant learning

    In some pursuits, you can never truly learn everything there is to know. Music is like that. “It is inexhaustible — there is always more to learn,” says Jolkovski.

    8. It’s a great form of expression

    People pay a lot of lip-service to expressing yourself. But how can kids really do that? One great way is through the arts — like music. “It gives pleasure and expresses nuances of emotional life for which there are no words,” says Jolkovski.

    9. It teaches discipline

    There’s this old joke that begins “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer? “Practice, practice, practice.” To improve in music, you have to not only do well in classes, but devote time to practicing outside of the lessons too. That requires discipline. “Exposing kids to musical instruments is the key. They are naturally curious and excited about them — and the discipline that parents AND kids learn by sticking with it is a lesson in itself,” says Mira Stulberg-Halpert of 3D Learner Inc., who works with children who have ADHD.

    10. It fosters creativity

    Above all, playing music — particularly as kids get to more advanced levels in it — is a creative pursuit. Creatively is good for the mind, body and soul.

    See Our Rates Contact Us

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.

    See original article here.


    Watch Learning Matters – Harmony Program: an After School Music Program for Under-Privileged Kids

    This aired on PBS NewsHour on February 24, 2012; it was produced by the Learning Matters group, specifically Cat McGrath and John Merrow. It looks at the Harmony Program out of CUNY in NYC, which provides after-school music education to under-privileged children. That program is modeled off El Sistema, a famed Venezuelan program of the same nature. For more resources on all this, consult learningmatters.tv.

    The Harmony program consists of a 2 hour after school group class on their instrument every day, plus practice on nights and weekends.  That’s about 500 hours of practice during the school year, and 300 hours of group instruction.  This could cost the family thousands of dollars a year, but is provided for free through private donations.   Students are given donated instruments to use for their instruction.

    Having daily reinforcement of the music concepts is a brilliant approach, because with that much support it is impossible for a student to fail.  With our normal piano lesson or voice lesson program, students meet with their teacher once per week.  It is up to the student and parent’s motivation at home to touch back in on their studies each day in between lessons.  Since practice schedules very, students can progress at very different speeds.  A program like this one, that makes sure students are working on their instruments every day, can really ensure consistent success.

    Students in the Harmony program are more likely to attend school regularly, and perform better in school, compared to their peers.  “Sometimes it’s hard not to smile,” says Julianne, a 5th grader in the Harmony program, “Every day after school when I come into Harmony, when I play that first note it makes me smile.”

    See Our Rates Contact Us 

    Are you ready to sign up for lessons? See Our Rates. | Questions? Contact us.


  • Recent Posts

  • Newsletter Sign Up

  • ©2014 The Music Junction. Web by Armeno