Practice Tips- Fresh and Productive

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There comes a point in every students’ learning when practice becomes arduous and stale. This can happen to any student at any age or skill level. Often hectic work or school schedules leave little time for practice making it feel like a chore or students plateau at times and feel as if they are not… Read more »

Traveling With Your Instrument

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It’s springtime and summer is right around the corner. Time to pack up your instruments and head out to summer camps and vacations. Here are some tips to make sure your instrument arrives safely and in pristine performance condition: Flying tips: The rules relaxed a smidge in the spring of 2015 and you can carry-on… Read more »

Choosing a Better Recital Song

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Choosing a Better Recital Song Recital season is looming on the horizon, and it’s time to make song selections! In the name of fairness, I make a point to give students the opportunity to submit requests for recital songs before we make a final decision. This does not always go the way I would hope… Read more »

Fingernails

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An easy way to spot a guitar player is to look at their fingernails. Many guitarists will have almost no fingernail on the left hand while having perfectly shaped, long and polished fingernails on the right. Although not mandatory for all guitarists, those of us who play classical guitar could not imagine playing without them…. Read more »

Yes, Your Voice Student NEEDS Piano Lessons.

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When students start private lessons, it would be reasonable to expect that his/her lesson would be focused on the instrument they’re most excited about. Voice lessons are no exception – after all, singers want to sing! As far as instruments go, the barrier to entry for singing lessons is as low as it gets: you… Read more »

Show up, Show up early, Show up prepared.

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I teach my students the rudiments of music and the techniques necessary to master their instrument, but also try give them preparation on how to be successful in life. Three valuable lessons I’ve learned from music teachers, coaches, and family are to show up, show up early, and show up prepared. I believe that these… Read more »

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

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My internet research indicates that you have a whopping 20% chance of sticking to your New Year’s resolutions this year.  That’s kind of depressing.  So about 20% of us will be successful and sadly about 80% of us will fail in restarting or reenergizing our new, good habits.  After a month 50% of us will… Read more »

Performance Anxiety

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As the holiday season arrives, I find students are seizing extra opportunities to perform live – sometimes for the first time. Often, the last lesson preceding their event is spent discussing the finer points of stage presence, and its ability to boost a performance. Inexperienced performers are often overwhelmed by nerves leading up to and… Read more »

Review: Core Music Theory for String Players

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I have long been searching for an alternative theory method for my string players. There are purely theoretical methods (Ultimate Music Theory), and Keyboard Specific methods (Snell Fundamentals), but few (and incomplete) methods for the string player. The biggest hurdle for a beginning string player is understand how their instrument relates to the music written… Read more »