Happy Halloween!!!

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Every October I look forward to watching scary movies with my family – the campier the better. As any fan of horror films can attest to, a film’s soundtrack does a lot to build tension, forewarn the audience of danger, and generally adds to the more entertaining aspects of the movie experience. So, for this… Read more »

Advocate for Music Education: It’s More than Extracurricular!

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by Robert Fisher · robert@csminspires.com The start of the school year brings a flurry of activities. Whether your child is enrolling in new classes or participating in new after-school activities, the seemingly endless rat race has already started for many. In the hustle and bustle of family, work and life scheduling, it can unfortunately be… Read more »

Involvement and Follow-through

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When it comes to music lessons parental involvement is imperative. The younger a student is, the more important parental oversight becomes. When a student is high school aged, parents may not need to be a part of every lesson, but should be aware of how lessons are going, the direction the teacher is taking the… Read more »

Finding the Fun in Scales

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I have not met many students who love playing their scales. Scales are the green vegetables that are left on the plate and passed off to the dog under the dinner table. Here are some quick tips to help inspire your students to enjoy their scales: Change up the rhythm: If one of my students… Read more »

Practice like you eat pizza!

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by Robert Song Fisher (Catoctin School of Music) The sound of splashing water at the community pool, sun-filled days with the dusk light stretching late into the evening, beach escapes, camping trips with the family, summer camps galore – it’s summer! Unfortunately, daily structured practice time can become difficult to maintain and less enticing with… Read more »

Consistency

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by Jamey Mann One of the most important things when studying an instrument is consistency in both the teacher and student. Without consistency in a student’s studies and attendance of lessons a student’s ability will take a downward turn. The same is true for teachers who cancel lessons or rely on substitutes often to the… Read more »

The Mental Game – Part I, What to do

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As a student and performer of music, it’s crucial to put the physical time into practicing your craft. We’ve all heard the old adage “Practice makes perfect” and that in order to master something you have to practice it for 10,000 hours. Well, those sayings aren’t quite true. Practice alone doesn’t actually make you a… Read more »