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 »

A Studio That Accommodates ALL Students

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If you look at my almost 4-year-old son you would agree that he is a happy and healthy little boy. He is almost always smiling, has an incredible memory, and is almost as tall as his 6-year-old big sister. If you observed him at his preschool or in a swimming lesson, you might jump to… Read more »

New Music for the New Year

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By Sarah Haughton Nothing says New Year’s resolution like doing something you dislike (e.g. eating green leafy things, elevating your heartbeat past its resting rate, etc.). So why not stretch your taste in music? Here is my challenge to music teachers, students, and enthusiasts in the year 2016… Listen to a composer you have never… 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 »