Tone! What is it and how do we get some?

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By Wayne Estes My interpretation of the dictionary’s definition of tone is that: tone is the quality that a musician uses to create their personal sound that will influence their audience. I thought I could easily write a quick blog on tone and be done. But after thinking acutely for three minutes and looking back… Read more »

Host A Sing Along Party

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  Have you ever been to a sing along party? Oh let me tell you… it is the bomb! So much fun can be had with one piano player and a room full of happy people. I had the pleasure of being hired to play for a few Christmas caroling parties a few years ago… Read more »

Guitars for Christmas

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By Jamey Mann Around Christmas time every year guitar instructors are inundated with questions about buying new guitars. In addition many instructors use the holiday season to push their advancing students into better instruments. As a teacher I try to get my students into the best instrument possible. Here are a few suggestions to help… Read more »

Getting Students Through the Mid-Year Slump

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Actually, not really. If you’re a music teacher, you may find that this is a pretty tricky time of the year to keep students motivated. It’s the time of the year when students who were new in August start to lose some of their initial excitement about… Read more »

A Thanksgiving Playlist

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By Alyssa Cowell There’s no two ways about it, the year is winding down and we’re heading into the holiday season. While everyone knows that means Christmas songs will be on the radio imminently, I recently found myself wondering what kind of music the attendees of the first Thanksgiving might have enjoyed. To my disappointment,… Read more »

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 »