Why Summer Music Lessons Are Important

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Don’t break your musical growth during Summer Break! Keep on track during the summer months through music lessons. By Robert Fisher, CSM Music Teacher Ask any school age student this time of year how many weeks and days until summer break and many can give you a calculated up-to-the day (or hour!) countdown until the… Read more »

Being Safe on Stage

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by Jamey Mann During normal music instruction, I feel there are some important topics that are often overlooked. These topics include basic organizational skills, how to be prepared for a gig, and possibly most important of all is being safe when performing. Many view music as a benign activity. In general, practicing at home or… Read more »

Music Appreciation Challenge: Opera and Musical Theatre Edition!

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by Alyssa Cowell Engaging students with new music is a great way to broaden their understanding of musical genres. Sometimes, students are resistant to devote time to styles of music that aren’t trendy or familiar. I like to assign listening assignments, and look for ways to make technically challenging, historically significant music more appealing to… Read more »

The Two Pillars of Successful Practice

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by Jordan Taylor   Before I really get into what this topic means to me, let me give the caveat that there are many aspects to successful practicing. What I’m specifically talking about is what I believe to be the two broadest factors that foster successful student development: consistency and efficiency. Consistency of practice– on… Read more »

Celebrating the importance of music and education

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March is “Music in Our Schools Month”! Celebrating the importance of music and education by Robert Fisher March 2019 marks the 34th anniversary of “Music In Our Schools Month” (MIOSM) – a program launched by the National Association for Music Education over 30 years ago with the goal of promoting the importance of music education…. Read more »