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The Monthly Musician

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November 2021

The ‘Music Teacher Podcast’ Expanding on ‘Beyond Theory’

Have you read “Beyond Theory” and now find yourself eager for more content? Or are you considering reading the book but unsure if it’s for you? Whether you’ve read the book cover to cover or are a complete newbie, Eric’s podcast will give you what you’re looking for....

Picture Day! Returning Nov. 13

Say “Cheese!” After taking the year off in 2020, Minnesota School of Music’s picture day is back! On Saturday, Nov. 13, from 12–2 p.m., we’re offering free photographs of students with their instruments, so have your child wear their favorite outfit and bring their...

Beyond Excited For The Release Of ‘Beyond Theory’

“Beyond Theory: The Making of a Music Teacher” was finally released on Aug. 20. Seeing the book make it to print was exciting enough on its own, but I was both shocked and humbled when, the day after release, the book shot to No. 2 on Amazon’s list of top-selling...

October 2021

Practice Makes Perfect

THE THREE COMPONENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE PRACTICE SESSION We’ve already discussed how your child needs emotional support in their musical journey, but something else parents can offer is structure. Since your child is still developing time management skills, you can help...

A Lifelong Passion

MEET NEW PIANO INSTRUCTOR KIRSTEN ROTVOLD! Kirsten Rotvold has been involved in music for as long as she can remember. Now, she uses that passion and experience every day as a piano teacher at the Minnesota School of Music. She has always wanted to teach, but since...

A Parent’s Love

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S MUSICAL JOURNEY Being a parent is a journey of trial and error. We all want to do the best for our kids, but raising them can be one big learning curve. Recently, my oldest son taught me another lesson in fatherhood. We’re new to the...

September 2021

We’re Now Offering Drum Lessons!

MEET NEW INSTRUCTOR WYATT MARTIN Minnesota School of Music is offering drum lessons for the very first time, and we’re excited to welcome our drum instructor, Wyatt Martin. If you are interested in drum lessons, please give us a call today! Wyatt Martin has loved...

Back-to-School Jitters

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND MUSIC Every parent wants their child to succeed, and back-to-school can cause anxiety. Some parents might worry that music lessons during the school year will cause too much pressure and wonder if it makes sense to put...

Becoming MNSOM’S First Principal and What It Means For The School

The financial hardships of the pandemic meant that the school ended up saying goodbye to both employees and students during 2020. With all of the changes, I had to do everything in my power to keep us afloat. It felt like the high sea was raging and all of us at the...

August 2021

Eric Publishes His First Solo Book

‘BEYOND THEORY: THE MAKING OF A MUSIC TEACHER When the COVID-19 shutdowns happened last year, it caused many people to tune in and really think about themselves and how they were living. I was no exception. That time really forced me to think deeply about who I am,...

Indoor Concerts Are Back!

SEE YOUR STUDENT PERFORM AT SUNDIN MUSIC HALL As much as we love watching our MnSOM students perform outdoors in the sunshine, there’s nothing quite like the perfect acoustics of an indoor concert hall. That’s why we’re excited to announce that this October we’ll once...

Introducing Paws McCartney

OUR SCHOOL’S NEW MASCOT! Here at the Minnesota School of Music, we're committed to providing the best possible music education for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. After being in business for many years, we finally asked ourselves an important question: What...

July 2021

Getting Back To A Beloved Family Tradition

BASEBALL ON THE FOURTH OF JULY The Fourth of July means barbecues, fireworks, parades, and patriotism. And in the Nehring family, it also means baseball. You may remember a while back when I talked about how the Fourth of July holidays in my youth were spent playing...

Introducing Music Funtime

MUSIC CLASSES FOR THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY Music lessons are highly individual, but they’re also often a family affair. We’ve taught so many siblings over the years, and many have asked about lessons for the youngest members of their families. Previously...

Meet John Hodges!

GUITAR TEACHER TURNED OFFICE MANAGER We’re happy to introduce John Hodgesas MnSOM’s office manager! John joined the MnSOM family last year as a guitar teacher after finishing his seminary degree at Yale and relocating from the East Coast with his wife, Hopewell, who...

March 2020

A Journey Worth Taking

The year was 2002, and Erin and I had moved out west to California. This was before we were married – I was playing in a band and life was a real adventure. That being said, we hadn't had the opportunity to explore much of the Golden State when we first ... CONTINUE...

Student Spotlight

At MnSOM, we love it when our students have some big wins. So, when Connor Poitras reached an incredible milestone in his musical journey, we just had to share it with you. Connor has completed his fifth straight year of guitar lessons at our school and has the...

All About The Journey A Musician’s ‘End Goal’

On this month’s cover, Eric shared a story of his trip hiking Big Sur, and how it mimicked the journey all musicians go through when learning an instrument. We wanted to expand on this further by drawing on one key difference between Eric’s trek and the art of playing...

February 2020

Love and Music

This month, we celebrate love and relationships, so I thought I’d share a story I haven’t touched on much in this newsletter: how my wife Erin and I first got together. Believe it or not, our relationship has lasted 22 wonderful years — the majority of our lives. Not...

Talk to Your Teacher

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day and the meaningful connections in our lives, we wanted to touch on a key part of any good relationship: communication. From significant others to business partners, having an open dialogue is crucial to any ... CONTINUE READING

Teacher Spotlight Meet Sergej Root

At MnSOM, we pride ourselves on hiring some truly talented teachers who are dedicated to passing their skills on to the next generation of musicians. Sergej Root is the embodiment of this philosophy. Drawing on years of industry experience as an adouble-platinum music...

January 2020

Define What You’re About

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions. They have such a bad rap for being unfulfilled or outright abandoned that I don’t feel like I’m missing much. But I do see some value in revisiting priorities and goals at the top of the year. After all, if my...

Calling All Rock Stars

For years, our concert series has given students a chance to shine. The red-carpet photo shoots and sweeping stage of the Sundin Music Hall will continue to provide our aspiring musicians a true classical experience. But not all music performances are about...

Dreams, Visions, Goals

CREATE YOUR FUTURE WITH THE VISION FUNNEL At the end of each lesson, our teachers ask their students a very important question: “What would you like to achieve next lesson?” This isn’t just a habit; it’s part of the goal-setting process at MnSOM. Setting goals is key...

December 2019

New Weekly Recitals! Performance Made Easy

Over the past few months, something special has been happening during our Fridaymakeup classes. Parents have been asking to sit in and listen! Now, we always allow you to be there for your child, no matter what day of the week it is. But what made this experience...

Keep The Music From Fading

WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD ENGAGED AND PRACTICING Sometimes, a student’s passion for music can begin to wane. This is a normal part of any creative or athletic pursuit, but it’s one young musician can find extremely difficult to overcome. In fact, Eric addressed this...

Here’s To You!

Sometimes in life, I like to look out for little signs – messages for how life is going or things I should be watching for. A while back when our school was first established, I was definitely on the lookout for an omen one way or another. Believe it or not...

November 2019

MnSOM’s Got Talent Exciting News For The Nehrings!

A few months back, our school received a very exciting email. Working behind the front desk at the time, Eric actually almost thought the message was spam and deleted it — but a closer look revealed it was from the team behind “America’sGot Talent.” Recognizing our...

‘Come Home’ A Song For Facing Loss

On this month’s cover, Eric tells the story of writing a song after attending a funeral for a family who had lost a loved one to cancer. Since this experience helped inspire him to establish our school, and in the hopes, these words may lend some comfort to families...

A Moving Wake

In fall of 2012, I received a distressing phone call from a friend, Josh. He'd just moved up to Alaska, and I hadn't expected to hear from him so soon, but, from the sound of his voice, he was a wreck. Josh explained that the wife of a good friend had ... CONTINUE...

October 2019

Sublime and Subwoofers

I've spent so much of the last year thanking people who have helped me build my music career that I almost missed touching on the moment that made me want to pursue music in the first place. Every musician has that moment when...

Meet Carly Hafferman Our Star Guitarist

This year another one of our star students has hit an amazing milestone. CarlyHafferman has been learning the guitar with us since she was just 9 years old! Now, five years down the line, she’s our most senior student! We sat down with Carly to find out what inspires...

Finding The Fun In Music Going Beyond Practice

In this newsletter, we’ve talked a lot about ways to structure practices and regiment your student’s schedules, so this month, we wanted to take a step back. As Eric’s cover reminds us, people are rarely drawn to learning instruments for the formality and discipline...

September 2019

We’re Now Offering Drum Lessons!

MEET NEW INSTRUCTOR WYATT MARTIN Minnesota School of Music is offering drum lessons for the very first time, and we’re excited to welcome our drum instructor, Wyatt Martin. If you are interested in drum lessons, please give us a call today! Wyatt Martin has loved...

Back-to-School Jitters

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND MUSIC Every parent wants their child to succeed, and back-to-school can cause anxiety. Some parents might worry that music lessons during the school year will cause too much pressure and wonder if it makes sense to put...

Becoming MNSOM’S First Principal and What It Means For The School

The financial hardships of the pandemic meant that the school ended up saying goodbye to both employees and students during 2020. With all of the changes, I had to do everything in my power to keep us afloat. It felt like the high sea was raging and all of us at the...

July 2019

Eric Publishes His First Solo Book

‘BEYOND THEORY: THE MAKING OF A MUSIC TEACHER When the COVID-19 shutdowns happened last year, it caused many people to tune in and really think about themselves and how they were living. I was no exception. That time really forced me to think deeply about who I am,...

Indoor Concerts Are Back!

SEE YOUR STUDENT PERFORM AT SUNDIN MUSIC HALL As much as we love watching our MnSOM students perform outdoors in the sunshine, there’s nothing quite like the perfect acoustics of an indoor concert hall. That’s why we’re excited to announce that this October we’ll once...

Introducing Paws McCartney

OUR SCHOOL’S NEW MASCOT! Here at the Minnesota School of Music, we're committed to providing the best possible music education for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. After being in business for many years, we finally asked ourselves an important question: What...

June 2019

Live From Mnsom Studios It’s The ‘more Than Music’ Podcast!

As many readers know, our director Eric Nehring recently published his book “More Than Music: How Choosing the RightMusic School Will Develop Skills, Build Character, and prepare your Child for a Successful Life.” For those who haven’t picked up a copy, the book is...

Joy, Faith, and Music

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of my grandmother's passing. I shared a bit about her kindness, wisdom, and generosity in last month's Mother's Day article. Sadly, cancer took her before she was able to read it herself. I'm grateful I could be by her...

Grand Re-Opening

As our school approaches its fifth anniversary, a lot has changed. Beginning as the Minnesota Guitar Academy, with no actual building to call our own, it's fair to say we've grown quite a bit! Today, Minnesota School of Music offers expanded state–of–the–art...

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