The mission of the McDonald Music Studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. We strive for our students to be:
- Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
- Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
- Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
- Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.
It is of the utmost importance that our students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. McDonald Music Studio teaches students to know music thoroughly, not just to “play.” We desire our students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, we give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.
Although students differ in ability and development, we maintain high expectations for our students. We expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is our joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.
Lastly, we want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and we know as teachers, we are very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is our goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
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