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Congratulations Bailey Cates!!

By Da Capo | Oct 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bailey won the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and will perform the Artunian Trumpet Concerto with the orchestra in the spring! Bailey has been a student at Da Capo for over eight years, studying classical guitar and piano, jazz guitar and theory, and she currently studies jazz improvisation with Joel Moore. Bailey…

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Does My Child Need Private Lessons?

By Da Capo | Aug 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

  One of the most common questions we are asked is, “why should my child take private lessons if they are already in band or orchestra at school?” Learning to play a musical instrument can be a much more daunting task than a child (or parent) may expect. Here are just a few of the…

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We’re Moving!!

By Da Capo | May 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

We’re moving!!! We can’t believe it’s been almost five years since we moved from the Community Center into our current space. We’ve grown a lot in the last few years, and now we need more space. So, we are moving across the street into the Jewel Shopping Plaza! Our new studio is almost twice the…

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Can Music Help Kids With ADD and ADHD?

By Da Capo | Apr 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

All children process information differently and each has their own unique learning needs. Some even have learning challenges that affect them physically, cognitively, emotionally, or behaviorally. Researchers are finding that music offers the foundational groundwork for countless learning solutions. Music has a unique effect on the brain, which makes it highly effective for increasing cognitive…

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Developing Critical Thinking Skills Through Music

By Da Capo | Nov 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don’t really stop to think about what it means or how to use it. In education, critical thinking is a form of learning that goes beyond memorization and recall of facts. It enables students to synthesize information and apply creative thought to…

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Video: House of the Rising Sun – Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

By Da Capo | Oct 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How Music Study Leads to Success Later in Life

By Da Capo | Oct 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice trained as a classical pianist. Economist and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. Billionaire  Bruce Kovner founded and ran one of the most successful hedge funds in the country; he was also a pianist who took classes at Juilliard The…

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How to Practice Effectively

By Da Capo | Oct 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The success of your musical practice depends not only on how many hours you log, but on how effectively you use your time. As Annie Bosler and Don Greene, the creators of this TED Ed lesson point out, this advice can apply to everything from music to sports. They define  effective practice as “consistent; intensely focused;…

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