Why Summer Music Lessons Are Important

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Don’t break your musical growth during Summer Break! Keep on track during the summer months through music lessons. By Robert Fisher, CSM Music Teacher Ask any school age student this time of year how many weeks and days until summer break and many can give you a calculated up-to-the day (or hour!) countdown until the… Read more »

The Two Pillars of Successful Practice

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by Jordan Taylor   Before I really get into what this topic means to me, let me give the caveat that there are many aspects to successful practicing. What I’m specifically talking about is what I believe to be the two broadest factors that foster successful student development: consistency and efficiency. Consistency of practice– on… Read more »

Celebrating the importance of music and education

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March is “Music in Our Schools Month”! Celebrating the importance of music and education by Robert Fisher March 2019 marks the 34th anniversary of “Music In Our Schools Month” (MIOSM) – a program launched by the National Association for Music Education over 30 years ago with the goal of promoting the importance of music education…. Read more »

How To Teach 4-Year-Old Piano Students

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10 years ago, I would have said no to any parent wanting me to teach their 4 year old. How is that possible? Don’t they wiggle around constantly? Aren’t their brains merely capable of understanding shapes and some alphabet letters? Boy, was I wrong. I can’t take much credit at all for this. The reason I feel… Read more »

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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by Jamey Mann Often students and professionals find themselves at a plateau that can be difficult to work out of. Just like athletes need to change up their workouts to make gains in sports, musicians need to get out of comfort zones to make gains musically. At a certain point everyone’s routine begins to get… Read more »

Teenage Piano Students Need To Find Their Musical Style

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Does anyone else out there notice their long time students starting to lose enthusiasm once they reach 12 or 13? Maybe even younger at age 11? Many teachers I speak with say the same thing. It’s a tough age. Many of those kids have been with you since they were very young. It’s really amazing,… Read more »

Be Prepared

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Be Prepared Being prepared is something that I have been taught since I was young. This was reiterated all my life by family, teachers, coaches, and scout leaders. Not only has this help me immensely in my musical career, but often in many other day to day life situations. In music as many other careers… Read more »

How To Teach While Rehearsing

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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 students often is… Read more »