Strategies for Avoiding Mistakes

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A few weeks ago, I came across this article titled, “8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently.” http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/8-things-top-practicers-do-differently/ To summarize – experimenters observed a handful of piano majors as they learned a moderately challenging 3 bar excerpt during a single practice session. The experiment was designed to identify the practice habits that lead to a higher… Read more »

Above and Beyond: Offering More Than Lessons

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As a piano teacher, the bulk of my job is offering weekly lessons to my students. But if I stopped at that, I wouldn’t be setting my studio apart in my community or creating a wholistic learning experience for students of my studio. Yes, learning technique, repertoire and theory on a weekly basis is of… Read more »

History of the Classical Guitar

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by Drew Holcomb The classical guitar is a world-renowned instrument and has undergone many transformations to get where it is today. From the medieval, renaissance, and to the baroque era, the classical guitar has been revolutionized. The baroque classical guitar, in particular, was one of the more dominant instruments in music history, but it had… Read more »

Fall Incentives to Motivate Students.

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With a new school year in full swing, fall is a great time to motivate students and build strong practice habits. Many students are new and are highly motivated and looking for guidance. Returning students might feel renewed to do better than last year, perhaps re-energized after a summer off. Capitalize on this “new year”… Read more »

More Than Music Lessons

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By Julia Kossuth One of the blessings of teaching is the impact you get to make on each individual student’s life. Often times, a lesson isn’t about musical progress so much as it’s about helping that child wherever they are at in life at the moment. From behavioral problems to problems at school, from celebrating… Read more »

Performing: Benefits the Studio

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By Julia Kossuth One of my favorite aspects of working at the Studios of Sarah Strout is the wealth of talent and knowledge that all the teachers possess! What a fantastic resource from which to draw players for gigs, information about events, and exchange teaching experiences and tips. Another wonderful opportunity our studio presents is… Read more »

How to Teach While Rehearsing

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By Saleh Sabat Rehearsal is an important aspect (at least it should be!) to all musicians, performers and teachers. It’s something we have spent countless hours doing throughout our careers. Whether it’s with a band, orchestra, or solo in a quiet place, it takes practice to develop good rehearsal skills. Something I ask of my… Read more »

Warm-Ups VS. Exercises

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By Jamey Mann As a guitar instructor I spend a great deal of time working on my students’ technical development. In order for a student to reach the pinnacle of their ability proper technique is an absolute must. Everything from sitting position to the finger independence of the right and left hands must be scrutinized…. Read more »

What Does Good Singing Sound Like?

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By Alyssa Cowell   Every once in awhile, a student will ask me a question that seems like it should be easy to answer, but isn’t. Recently, I had a young vocalist ask me who my favorite singer is. The follow-up question: “Why are they the best?” got me thinking a little bit more. The… Read more »

Preparing for Examinations

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By Marc Powell Examinations for music students are becoming more popular each year. These tests can be great to build confidence and give structure for students in their studies. ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, Piano Guild, NFMC are all examples of organizations who provide assessments for all levels of study. These examinations are also helpful for college… Read more »