8 Bad Musician Habits to Break Before the New Year

8 Bad Musician Habits to Break Before the New Year

As we approach a new year, you’re going to hear a lot about new year resolutions. For many people, these include going to the gym more often, eating healthier, checking off a bucket list item, and more. While we applaud anyone for turning over a new leaf and improving his life, why wait until January 1st? We have eight bad musician habits to break before the clock strikes midnight, closing out 2018 forever. If any of these mistakes sound familiar, we encourage you to make the necessary changes before dragging them into the new year. Here are some of the bad musician habits to break before the new year.

Should I Buy a New Music Instrument for Christmas?

Should I Buy a New Music Instrument for Christmas?

The Christmas season is always a time for exciting opportunities. For many people, this is best observed by shopping for cool new gadgets and toys. There’s just something appealing about buying a shiny, new music instrument for most musicians. For some, the purchase is a chance to double down on something they think might interest them. For others, getting a new music instrument is just some form of an obsessive compulsive shopping disorder. How can you know whether buying a new music instrument is a good way to spend your hard-earned dollars? We’ve got a few questions to help you ease your mind.

Will Going to a Music Camp Make Me a Great Musician?

Grant Mickelson Guitar Lessons

Do you feel like your abilities on your favorite music instrument are being hindered by something? Do you wish you had a different instructor, attended a different program, or picked a different instrument in the first place? When you commit to something as difficult as mastering an instrument, it’s easy to blame small setbacks for what is already a slow process. For many students, the answer may be a music camp during the summer. This is an amazing experience for young musicians, but how helpful can they really be? Will going to a music camp make someone into a great musician? Before we can answer that one, let’s look at what these camps provide for the kids.

Summer Music Camps: How Much Do They Cost?

Andy Mineo at Camp Electric

With Christmas just around the corner, it may seem crazy to think about summer music camps, but the warm season will be here before you know it. Although there are many questions that pop up concerning different kinds of youth camps, the cost is always one of the biggest deciding factors for people. While we’d like to quickly give you a number, the truth is that there are so many summer music camps out there, we have to be a little more explanatory than that. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about the cost of these camps.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Musicians

Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Musicians

Some people are just too hard to shop for these days. Whether you are looking to surprise a small child or satisfy a teenager, you may be grasping at straws. If you need Christmas gift ideas for Christian musicians, look no further. We have some exciting possibilities for the Christian musicians on your list. While most of these suggestions will cater to a school age recipient, we think this will put you in the right mindset for musicians of all ages. Check out our list of Christmas gift ideas for Christian musicians and see if your shopping list gets any shorter.

How Can a Young Christian Musician Choose Between Worship & Pop?

How Can a Young Christian Musician Choose Between Worship & Pop?

For a young Christian musician, it may feel like there are only two paths to a career in music. Either you go into pop (or some variation of it) or worship music. Both are huge in the CCM market and most secular music is some form of pop, so that’s certainly something of which a young Christian musician should be mindful. Is one better for a young person than the other? What benefits are there to each option? If you or you child are thinking through the different ways to express yourself through music these days or simply want to find some cool songs to learn, here’s what we have to say about worship music and pop.

7 Reasons for Kids to Listen to Christian Music

7 Reasons for Kids to Listen to Christian Music

If you ask kids today what they’re listening to, you’ll hear about singers like Ariana Grande and bands like Imagine Dragons. Christian music, on the other hand, is sometimes frowned upon by younger listeners. While we can’t be surprised by non-Christian kids’ lack of interest in the genre, there’s plenty for Christian kids to love about music that praises the Lord. Instead of dismissing Christian music as lame church stuff, think about all the ways in which we can engage with it. We believe Christian music has a rightful claim to your listening time. Here are a few reasons why.

Christian Music Teachers: How to Find the Right One

Christian Music Teachers: How to Find the Right One

So you or your child want to learn how to play an instrument? Wonderful! This is a great way to grow more rounded as a human being, look more impressive on a college application, or to simply pass the time. After buying the instrument and any necessary accessories, one of the biggest questions will be “Who’s going to give you lessons?” That all depends on what you want to play and where you want to take that ability. It would be strange to look for a expert pianist to teach your son guitar, right? Some parents may want to look for Christian music teachers who can teach their child old hymns or modern worship songs. If you’re an adult, you may prefer to learn from someone much older or a teacher who is more of a contemporary.

Camps for Teens Who Love Music: Learn and Explore!

Music Camps for Teens

What are you passionate about? We’ll bet whatever it is, there’s probably a camp designed to help you explore it. There are camps for teens who love music, film, dance, science, and more. Some are intended to train kids for a lifelong career, while others simply want to have a little fun. For our purposes today, we’re going to focus on camps for teens who love music and want to learn how to play. These range in acceptance rate, cost, areas of focus, and location. You can find many fine institutions out there, but these are some of our picks for camps for teens who love music.

8 Reasons for Teens to Attend a Singing Camp

Vocal Lessons Worship Together Chior at Camp Electric

We’ve all stood around in the shower singing along to a fun upbeat song, using the shampoo bottle as a makeshift microphone. (Or is that just us?) Music is downright infectious, so no one can blame you for getting down to the beat of your favorite song. Although we all have the capacity to sing, not everyone can do so to the applause of others. If you think you have what it takes, you should consider attending a singing camp where you can learn to hone your craft. But why, when you can just opt to perform for your collection of bathroom accessories? Here are a few of the reasons why we think you should try out a singing camp.

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