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 »


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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 »

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 »