April 20, 2018

Summer Winds!

Looking for something fun, new, and productive for your kids to do this summer? Enroll them today for our beginning wind instrument class! They will learn to play the saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet or trombone in a fun environment taught by a conservatory trained musician and educator with over twenty years experience as an educator…[READ MORE]

April 14, 2018

Spring is Happening at TIA!

It has been a high speed and busy several months since we began 2018 at TIA! We have enrolled over 30 students since beginning the new year! And there is so much exciting stuff on the horizon I can barely contain myself! Spring semester has already begun and we are in full swing! But that doesn’t…[READ MORE]

April 13, 2018

Drum Lab!

Students will have a blast and learn basic rhythms, drumming technique, and grooves is in this 30-minute drum lab this spring! This class is the perfect entry into drums. All you need is a drum pad and a pair of sticks, and if you want, a $5 bucket for home use (but we have buckets…[READ MORE]

Rhythm and Melody this Summer: Basic Music Instruments

Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey residents, have your children begun the journey of music yet? Are you looking to enroll them in a music program this summer? Our Rhythm and Melody class was created by popular parent request, and it is back this spring! The class is split between a period of time spent learning to…[READ MORE]

March 20, 2018

Some Suggestions for Shaking up Your Scales

As we have discussed many times on the blog and as we constantly teach and reiterate in the classroom, scales are far more than just a series of notes. Scales are the foundation of music. Practicing them then is something that is not just important, but necessary. But practicing does not have to be boring…[READ MORE]

March 2, 2018

The Modes

The Ionian Mode is the mode built on the first degree of the Major scale. In C, CDEFGABC. The characteristic pitch (what makes it unique) is the natural 4th degree. The Dorian Mode is the mode built on the second degree of the Major scale. In C, DEFGABC. The characteristic pitch is the natural 6th…[READ MORE]

Keeping Your Scales at Your Fingertips

Many of our students that have been with us for a while have learned quite a significant number of scales. 48 foundational scales (12 major, minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor), five additional modes x 12, and the blues scale alone makes 120 scales! We need to practice them all. We need to know them….[READ MORE]