How Music Effects the Brain – VIDEO

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Hello Fellow Teachers! I wanted to share a fantastic video with you that explains how music playing effects the brain. It does so in simple terms and with animated graphics, so even kids can enjoy it. You may want to consider emailing it to all of your students and their parents. Who knows… you may… Read more »

Learn To Sing

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By Jamey Mann The voice is one of the most important instruments/tools a musician can learn to use. Training the voice the proper way is essential if a student wants to study at the collegiate level and reach their full potential. In fact, at all major music schools ear and aural training are part of… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Group Classes: Techniques for Success

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By Julia Kossuth At the Studios of Sarah Strout, we offer a variety of group classes for our youngest students. This creates a fun environment for our kids to receive an introduction to music while learning basic skills of making and understanding music. The dynamic of a group class is, needless to say, quite a… Read more »

Writing Recommendations

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By Marc Powell I was recently asked by one of my high school seniors to write a letter of recommendation for his college application. This was my first time being asked, so it took a bit of asking around and researching how to do this. Here is what I figured out to make it easy:… 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 »

Recording

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By Wayne Estes   I think one of the fun things about practicing and performing these days is recording yourself. After all of the work you put into a piece it is nice to capture it and have a recording for posterity and to send off to grandma and cousins via an email. And it’s… Read more »