Is it too late to learn an instrument?

Easy Answer: Nope. It’s going to be hard but it’s never to late to learn.

More Detailed Answer: Throughout our school years we get caught up in playing outside with our friends, going to the mall, homework, and so on and so forth. While we may learn how to intially play or even just have music in lower level education, many forget or don’t practice and therefore forget. Taken from an article (found here):

“Playing music can invigorate you, relax you, make you laugh, be a friend when times are hard, bring back cherished memories, and also is a great vehicle to connect with other generations. Play a song for your parents and unlock long forgotten memories. Play along with your son and he may laugh at you, but he will also tell his friends that his Mom is cool.”

Is it going to be hard? Possibly. You will need to set aside a time to practice as well as take lessons. It’s all how you think of it. As a reminder (also found in the article above) music is not a punishment, it is a reward.

I hope this encourages you to pick up an instrument, new or old, and give yourself a reward!

ArtSonia

A colleague of mine passed this website on when I was teaching Grade 4 last year. I always had a million ideas of what to do for Art but I never really focused them or knew how to make them possible for 9/10 year olds. This nifty little website is art projects designed by teachers, run through their classes and then some even post the finished projects online for you to see. I found it so helpful in finding what I needed.
I will advocate for the amazing art museum the have on there. It is fairly easy to search for each level of student you are looking for and even a possible theme. Only downside is that you need to have a free account to access the lesson plans. On the bright side, not very many pesky emails (I’ve been a member for a year and I’ve only gotten 1 or 2). This comes with high recommendations from me (and a few past co-workers)!

Check out ArtSonia!

Music Education Resources

So this is mostly for those music educators out there but if you haven’t checked these sites out you must! They have some really good links on them. Also they are they BEST places to find information on advocacy. I hope that none of you ever have to fight for your music program but if you do this is a good place to start. I’ve posted both the American based and the Canadian based. Please enjoy!

Canadian Music Educators Association

National Association of Music Education