Best Music schools in Dallas
Park Cities School of Music
7979 Inwood Rd., Suite 113, Dallas, TX 75209 | (214) 455 1477
Best Music schools in Dallas
Park Cities School of Music
7979 Inwood Rd., Suite 113, Dallas, TX 75209 | (214) 455 1477

The Organized Musician

Musicians have earned reputations as being somewhat disheveled & unable to keep themselves organized. The thing is that this isn’t actually true at all. Take a look at the instructors at Park Cities School of Music, for example. They are world-class musicians, but they are also able to maintain incredibly busy schedules as performers, clinicians, and educators. Moreover, some of them also raise families & have done it all while acquiring advanced degrees.

Being an organized musician is very possible — you just have to work at it.

This tends to be hardest for young students who aren’t really used to being on top of things on a regular basis. So, the first step to establishing a life of organized musicianship is to create a space that is perfect for practice. It will be a little different for everyone, but you want to be able to do the following:

  • have access to your music & other lesson materials
  • keep tuning forks, clip-on tuners, guitar picks, reeds, and bow rosin handy
  • manage a folder/three-ring binder for your lesson materials & music that can travel with you if you have lessons somewhere other than home
  • let your instrument case hold things that have something to do with your instrument; no need for snacks, playing cards, or Pogs (they’re still a thing, right?).

Perhaps the two most important tools you should have available are a pencil & metronome. Pencils are a school supply, and with so many folks using mechanical pencils nowadays, you may not even need a sharpener. When it comes to a metronome, you don’t even need to buy anything. There are excellent free apps that are great resources. As savvy as your kids are at using technology, this tech knowledge will come in handy to navigate a priceless tool for their music education.

Finally, beyond the space itself, the biggest key in making organization work on a consistent level is making it a routine. If everyone in the family, especially the student, knows how the practice space & materials are to be put together day in & day out, then it becomes a habit. It’s like being in a self-contained classroom in elementary school. In order for one subject & it’s materials to come to a close & morph into the next part of the day, there has to be a routine followed to make the transition easier.

As always, if you’re not sure where to start with the organization of you or your child’s music space, ask the teachers at Park Cities School of Music for some advice. They’ll gladly guide you in the right direction and may just change the way you end up looking at your music practice sessions. 

Moe Ramos

PCSM Instructor

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A brief update from Park Cities School of Music regarding the continuation of lessons as we work to protect our faculty, students and families from the COVID-19. Our priority has always been, and will continue to be, to provide top quality music education in a safe and secure environment.

While Park Cities School of Music will continue to provide lessons to students in-person at our physical location, please be advised we are taking every opportunity to clean and sanitize our facility, studios and instruments. Understandably, if you feel more comfortable taking your lesson from the comfort of your home, PCSM can provide an online class for you in place of your usual in-person lesson.

Students coming to PCSM should be prepared to arrive a few minutes early in order to wash their hands with soap and water provided in the restrooms prior to their lesson. Faculty have been advised to wash their hands between each student, as well as wipe down any keyboards used between lessons. PCSM underwent a deep cleaning yesterday, as it does weekly; however, we will be increasing the cleaning of the facility during the coming weeks in an effort to keep germs to a minimum.

The PCSM Calendar will continue as planned. Online, at your home, or PCSM studio lessons will resume on March 23. We want to maintain regular schedule as much as possible.


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