Good Performance/Rehearsal Etiquette

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By Jamey Mann A couple week ago in Alexandria, VA, I had the privilege of taking Suzuki Guitar books 2 and 3 with Andrea Cannon. At this year’s institute were many returning young students and some new faces. The student’s ages were 6 to 11 years old and they were playing in books 2 through… Read more »

Instrument Care

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Each teacher hopes to give the gift of music into the hands of every student. We typically share lots of knowledge about note reading, theory, improvisation, practice and performance with our students, but I want us to think for a moment about the student’s instrument. Specifically taking time to remind each student and their parents… Read more »

Stay Involved

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Parental involvement is something I insist on for all my students regardless of age or ability. Older students in middle or high school may only need a reminder from parents to practice or for them to provide an audience during the week between lessons. Although the need for parental involvement may not be as in… Read more »

Recital Season

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I really enjoy our recital season here at The Catoctin School of Music.  It is a joy filled time where the parents, faculty and students get to hear and see what progress we have made over the last six months. The most fun part is watching the brand new students come in each recital season…. Read more »

Identifying Emotions in Music

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By Alyssa Cowell An argument for encouraging music students to develop their vocabulary skills. As musicians, we understand the importance of expression when it comes to interpreting a piece. As teachers, we want to help our students develop technical skills that will allow him/her to perform in a manner that touches an audience. In order… Read more »

Triangle of Musicianship

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Written By Jennene Estes Let’s face it, we music teachers all love to teach, perform and practice our chosen instruments, but how do we instill that in our students? The other day while walking through one of our faculty’s studios I noticed a triangle on the wall. It had at its 3 points – Lessons,… Read more »

The Case for Summer Music Camps

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by Jennene Estes It’s that time of year where parents and students alike are gearing up for summer. Vacations are being planned, plane tickets booked and everyone is looking for a constructive way to fill their child’s time with enriching activities. Music lessons are of course a big part of that, but how can private… Read more »

Talk to a Professional

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By Jamey Mann Last week a promising young student came in for his lesson somewhat down and despondent. A sophomore in high school, we are beginning to talk about his options for college and subjects he may want to study. Naturally, being a talented student I suggested studying music as an option and we discussed… Read more »

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 »