Dear Guitar Student Parent, The Guardian newspaper recently reported that late night texting, calling and media consumption is associated with poor sleep (duh!) and also "depressed moods and declines in self-esteem and coping ability" for kids and teens. In fact, the mere presence of a screen in a bedroom is associated with poorer sleep and mental health, even when kids report not using it. Yet over 70% of kids and 80% of teens have unrestricted access to their phones at night. That isn't surprising, because screens are ubiquitous. Kids don't just use them for games and entertainment--they use them for connecting with friends, doing homework--even as alarm clocks. So, how can we help our kids use screens in a healthy way? In this article, I'll share with you my incredibly simple method of helping my 11, 14 and 17 year old kids keep screens out of their rooms at night. Even more importantly, I'll share with you why I think it works! MY INSANELY SIMPLE METHOD OF REGULATING NIGHTTIME SCR
Get Started Now. Music is everywhere. It’s in our homes, streets, offices, technological devices, and much more all across the globe. For many of us, music is crucial--so it’s no surprise that parents are making great efforts to make music a part of their children’s lives. Parents enroll their children in programs ranging from mommy/daddy-and-me music classes to professional lessons, including classes that specialize in vocal performance and/or instrumental training. Although most parents know that music is both a crucial and beneficial art, a great deal are unaware of the many specific life-long benefits that learning an instrument can provide for a child. To list just a few, NYC Guitar School has chosen the TOP 10 benefits of music education for kids: Music Lessons Improve Math Skills: According to several different studies, it has been proven that math skills and instrumental/musical training are parallel. Shocking, right? In fact, the ideology behind this is quite simple: when a c
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Get Started Now. It may be Spring Break, but in less than a week, kids and teens at NYC Guitar School are about to Rock out even harder than during the year! As we gear up for Spring Break Rock n' Roll Camp 2016, take a stroll down memory lane and check out some AMAZING performances from previous years! Reflection - Cool Kids - NYC Guitar School Spring Break Camp 4-10-15 Now those are some "cool kids". No Wy-Fy Penguinos - Zombie - NYC Guitar School Spring Break Camp 4-10-15 Who needs "Wy-Fy" when you have a connection like that? Neon Cows - Viva La Vida - NYC Guitar School Spring Camp 3-29-13 A very moo-ving performance! Kevin - Under the Bridge - NYC Guitar School Spring Boot Camp 3-29-13 WOW!! Just wow. We love our campers! Every Spring Break brings a group of awesome and hardworking kids and teens who really know how to rock. In 5 days, boot campers go from Absolute Beginners on guitar to rocking out in front of friends and family. Rock Ban
Get Started Now. Have you made any resolutions for 2016? If so, congratulations--according to psychologist professor and researcher John Norcross in a New York Times article, you are TEN TIMES more likely to achieve your goal over time than a "non-resolver" with the identical goal and comparable motivation to change. That's good news for people who make resolutions, but the news gets better. There are some simple steps you can take to dramatically increase your chances of achieving any goal. 1. Don't Rely On Willpower. Precommit yourself to make it easier to keep your goal. If want to get out of debt, cut up your credit card! If you want to stop snacking on junk food at home, don't bring it into the house! To practice more, put your guitar out where you can see it! 2. Make A Plan. In his chapter on motivation in the book "59 Seconds", Richard Wiseman suggests breaking your overall goal into a maximum of five smaller steps. Make sure each step is concrete, measurable, realistic and that