Parental Involvement

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by Jamey Mann When a child is taking music lessons the role the parent needs to play cannot be overstated. The younger the student the more important this role becomes. In the Suzuki method the parent is referred to as the home teacher. In this role the parent is taking lessons with the student; taking… Read more »

Recording For Practice and Auditions

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by Wayne Estes Just recently, I spent an entire weekend video recording and editing the videos for a few of my advanced students to submit for college auditions. We discovered a few things that I feel are worth sharing… It is never too early to start to record yourself performing and practicing with audio and… Read more »

Goal Setting For Teachers

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Now that the new school year has started, it’s time to start setting goals for yourself and your studio. So when you get a moment, sit down (or walk with your phone’s recording app open!) and reflect on last year. What were your proudest moments as a teacher? What were some situations that could have… Read more »

What does Good Singing sound like?

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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 student in question is… Read more »

Performance Anxiety

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An inevitable part of being a musician is performance anxiety. From accomplished performers and teachers to beginning students we all experience it to some degree. Even those who say they do not deal with it still have a physiological reaction when performing. It is important to have techniques ready to teach students how to deal… Read more »

Improvisation and Creativity

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By Wayne Estes Oftentimes I feel that I’ve gotten bogged down in my own practice with technical studies, reading, scale work and I see my teaching style starting to go in the same direction.  But many of my students aren’t in grad school and studying to become a professional musician, so I must remind myself… Read more »

Coping with Vocal Changes

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Voice changes are trying for all adolescents; making vocal progress during a voice change is even more frustrating. What can a teacher do to help students who are struggling physically and emotionally through this awkward period? Be Patient. This is advice for all parties involved! Instructors need to be patient when it comes to temporarily… Read more »

Crooked Uphill Progress

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A couple times a year I have an adult student (usually) come to a crisis point in their lessons. Frustrated they always tell me that they think they are not doing well and are even regressing; losing skills and knowledge where they used to be strong. This is something that happens to all students regardless… Read more »

Music Adjectives

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I thought I would take a month and write down words that describe what I see music doing in my life and in my teaching studio and community.  Hopefully you notice and are equally inspired by some of the same things…   Music teaches us and exposes us to new:   Concepts Patience Humility Logic… Read more »