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Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village

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Connect the Dots Music is the most effective method of learning to play music.  Kids, teens, and adults learn visually, aurally, and kinesthetically through instruction, real-life examples, practice, and games.  So, they understand concepts better and retain more of what they learn.

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Imagine having to learn the mechanics and physics of bike riding before being able to ride a bike.  Traditional lessons follow this approach.  On the other hand, methods that promise immediate results put you on a bike with training wheels that never come off.  And neither of these teach you how to do anything else like race with a friend, do “wheelies”, or the many other ways to enjoy bike riding.

Here’s what I do:  I start students riding immediately, so they can work on the coordination.  And then we start raising the training wheels so that students can continue the joy of riding while they’re learning how to do it without training wheels.   Then we can integrate the advanced stuff like “wheelies,” racing, etc.  This is where the lifelong enjoyment of music happens.  Students who don’t learn this usually become the adults who say they used to be able to play an instrument, but can’t anymore.   

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I have been teaching piano lessons and guitar lessons for over 20 years.  I’m a highly referred piano teacher and guitar teacher serving the Conejo Valley areas of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura, and Newbury Park, and Camarilllo.  I also offer music lessons with a combination of piano, guitar, or voice instruction.  Please contact Connect the Dots Music at info@connectthedotsmusic.com.  

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At Connect the Dots Music, you’ll learn concepts and develop skills that will make playing other instruments like violin, cello, flute, trumpet, clarinet, or saxophone, easier.

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Kevin’s method of presenting and reinforcing musical concepts and tying them together is brilliant.  He is a master at the art and science of teaching.

-Liz U., Ph.D., Neuroscience

Why practice? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just learn how to play an instrument and then be good at it?  I wish!

Learning to play music has often been compared to learning a new language.  But in addition to learning to read this new language and its symbols, we then don’t just speak it with our mouth--we have to physically coordinate both hands and all 10 fingers in order to speak the language!  And there’s lot of math involved, too.  We even learn to translate things we hear to the piano or guitar (playing by ear) and create our own words (writing songs).  No wonder nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music!  That’s why there are so many intellectual and physical benefits.  But, it’s not easy.  That’s why we take lessons.  Lessons are for 1)teaching you the language and 2) teaching you the best methods, tips, and tricks to coordinate your fingers (and foot if you’re using a piano pedal).  While learning the language takes time, the physical coordination part takes even MORE time.  Just like playing sports.  I’m the coach.  I show students what to do and we practice it, but becoming good at the sport requires practice during the week.  If students practice and become good at it, they enjoy it more.  And the opposite is true, too.

Speaking of foreign languages, my brother lives in Brazil and asked me to learn a popular Brazilian song on the guitar and sing it in Portuguese, of course, which is foreign to me!

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“The Star-Spangled Banner” celebrates 200 years

Sept. 14 marks 200 years since the poem was put to paper. Written by Francis Scott Key as he saw the American flag swaying in the final moments of the British bombardment at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. He was inspired by the flag's survival after the 25-hour, 1,800-bomb assault, according to the History Channel.Key, a poet and lawyer, started with one verse quickly jotted down on the back of a letter, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History says. It's the most commonly known portion of his piece and often the only portion sung today. Key later expanded it by adding three verses, filled with the same rich imagery.

Coming in at 314 words, Key's poem immortalized the patriotism that inspired his first round of scribbles. The poem was soon printed in newspapers — first in two Baltimore publications, then, by mid-October, in at least 17 other newspapers across the country, the Smithsonian says.

Key's knack for words made it meaningful, but it was when those words were put to music that The Star-Spangled Banner began to take off. The poem was set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven," a theme of London's Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's music club, according to National Park Service's Fort McHenry's website. With the pacing matching up to rhythm, this made Key's words even more powerful.

As the song's popularity increased, it became more legitimized nationally. In the 1890s, the military adopted the song for the raising and lowering of the American flag at official ceremonies.

President Hoover officially made The Star-Spangled Banner the country's national anthem in March 1931, according to the History Channel.