Four Pillars of Mental Toughness

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By Drew Holcomb Navy Seal training is considered some of the toughest military training in the world. With such high dropout rates, the Navy decided to find out what makes a successful candidate. What neurologists found is that it’s not always those who are physically strong, but more importantly those who are also mentally strong… Read more »

A Runner’s Guide to Musical Performance

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Written by Sarah Haughton I’m in the process of training for a half-marathon. During the final days leading up to the race, part of my training includes what I like to call “race simulation”. Simulation allows you to practice enduring fatigue, maintaining form, and regulating your body chemistry. All of these elements find their equivalents in performance… Read more »

Recital Etiquette Reminders

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by Alyssa Cowell Performance Etiquette Reminders for the Upcoming Recital Season As the school year begins and the recital season draws closer, it’s a good time to review some performance etiquette practices! You’ve practiced diligently to memorize your piece, you’ve signed up for a time slot, and you’ve had your dress rehearsal with your accompanist…. Read more »

Gear Review: The Flashback Triple Delay by TC Electronic

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By Patrick Fritz The pace of innovation in the 21st Century has been kind to electric guitarists. Guitars, amps, and outboard effects continue to evolve at a dizzying pace. In October of 2014, TC Electronic released an excellent contribution to the world of delay pedals. Since I was in desperate need of a new delay… Read more »

The Home Teacher/Parental Involvement

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By Jamey Mann This July I had the privilege of studying with Andrea Cannon for my Suzuki Book 1 certification for guitar. The training is a humbling experience which made me realize how much more I have to learn and how the techniques used in Suzuki can be applied to not just the very young… Read more »

Imitation Recordings – Squelching the Creative Process

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by Sarah Haughton The imitation of recordings has long been demonized in the music education community. Viewed as a form of creative impotence, teachers tend to discourage their students from copying recordings. To the contrary, I believe we should encourage our students to copy and imitate quality recordings as much as possible. I acknowledge there… Read more »

Vocal Development and the Virtue of Patience

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My college vocal instructor often commented: “The voice is a slow moving instrument.” What he meant was that in terms of development, students are often unaware of the changes that are taking place. I often have students ask me if they’re doing well in voice lessons because they don’t hear the difference between the singing… Read more »