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 »

Listen to an Opera this February?

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By Alyssa Cowell Ah, Valentine’s Day – a day set aside to commemorate romance, and what is more romantic than the music of an opera? Strains of Musetta’s Waltz often accompany scenes of romantic dinner dates in the media, potentially giving the impression that opera is all swoons and smooching. That is, until you really… 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 »

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 »

The Pros & Cons of Online Lessons

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A little over a year ago, I read an article in the New York Times about a man who had been teaching lessons online for a few years. He had several students who were all over the country! I was very impressed. His set up was quite sophisticated. He had a camera rigged to his… Read more »

A Thanksgiving Playlist

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By Alyssa Cowell There’s no two ways about it, the year is winding down and we’re heading into the holiday season. While everyone knows that means Christmas songs will be on the radio imminently, I recently found myself wondering what kind of music the attendees of the first Thanksgiving might have enjoyed. To my disappointment,… Read more »

Four Pillars of Mental Toughness

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By Drew Holcomb Navy Seal training is considered some of the toughest military training in the world. With such high dropout rates, the Navy decided to find out what makes a successful candidate. What neurologists found is that it’s not always those who are physically strong, but more importantly those who are also mentally strong… Read more »

A Runner’s Guide to Musical Performance

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Written by Sarah Haughton I’m in the process of training for a half-marathon. During the final days leading up to the race, part of my training includes what I like to call “race simulation”. Simulation allows you to practice enduring fatigue, maintaining form, and regulating your body chemistry. All of these elements find their equivalents in performance… Read more »