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

Understanding Assessment

As a working musician, you’re constantly sifting through sheet music & chord charts, maintaining practice regimens, and keeping yourself in top playing shape for one thing — to be able to nail auditions and get a chance to play some highly-prized gigs. 

Everyone here at Park Cities School of Music understands this all too well. Aside from teaching music lessons in Dallas, everyone of us has had to go through the audition process somewhere around the world. Truth be told, we’ve all had successes, but we’ve had our share of failure, too. This is what assessment is all about, though. Even when you don’t do a great job, you at least get feedback about what you need to improve upon.

This is something that all students taking music lessons need to understand is part of the process of being better musicians. As exciting as it is to know that you’ve done a great job, there will be times when what you’re working on isn’t sounding too great. Unfortunately, many students tend to fall into certain traps about their performance which make them feel as though any negative feedback is unwarranted.

The teachers at PCSM have heard it all before, and we get it. Unfortunately, choosing to try & sidestep assessment & constructive criticism from your teacher won’t help you improve as a musician. Just because you played a note doesn’t make it the right note, and just because you played a piece from start to finish (regardless of length), it doesn’t mean it’s time to move on to whatever you want to be next.

Music lessons in Dallas, as with any other big metropolitan area, can feel somewhat cutthroat, but with the right teacher, assessment will make you a much better musician. The key is knowing how to present constructive criticism, which will vary from student to student. The teachers at Park Cities School of Music know that this can be a tough topic for some, but you’re in good hands. 

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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