Just Keep Practicing!

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by Alyssa Cowell, The Catoctin School of Music With so many of us spending more time at home, we have more time than ever for practicing music. How is your music practice holding up as we enter another week of quarantine and social distancing? Here are a few practice ideas for those of us who… Read more »

The Motivation Triangle: Three Practice Targets to Keep You Going

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by Robert Fisher, The Catoctin School of Music The challenges of social isolation, the suspension of ensemble gatherings and an overall sense that live musical performance with large audiences may not be the norm for some time can certainly discourage budding and professional musicians alike, especially in this season of uncertainty. You or someone you… Read more »

Responsibility

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Making the decision to take music lessons is not something that should be taken lightly. Learning an instrument is an investment of time and money. Students and parents must be ready to dedicate the time to take the lesson and the time at home to practice the instrument. They must be ready to make the… Read more »

Slow Down

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by Jamey Mann, Catoctin School of Music Something I say several times a day to students is please slow down. Students playing too fast is an issue students of all abilities must work on. Many listen to their favorite songs or artist and are eager to play just as fast as them. In addition, students… Read more »

Quarantine Musical Activities

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by Alyssa Cowell, The Catoctin School of Music More Music Activities for Quarantine! While we are all hanging in there waiting to go life as it was before COVID-19, here are a few more stay-at-home music activities to fill up the time! Music Scavenger Hunt: Look around the house and see if you can find… Read more »

Pandemic Perks: Why Online Lessons Have Been a Net Positive

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Over the last couple months of this pandemic, education systems around the world have been shaken to their core. Teachers and students were forced to completely change their approach to instruction and learning and adopt what initially seemed like a cold, impersonal teaching model – virtual education. However, it has turned out that online teaching… Read more »

Technology Tips for Virtual Lessons: Improve Your Online Lessons Experience

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by Robert Fisher, Catoctin School of Music With many music studios either launching or transitioning their students to online lessons full-time during this unprecedented pandemic, it has been a season of ingenuity and adaptability under pressure for music teachers. Most instructors have faced the new reality of embracing virtual lessons, through services such as Zoom,… Read more »

Coping with Performance Anxiety

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by Jamey Mann, The Catoctin School of Music Performance anxiety is something that all performers, students, and teachers will have to deal with at some point. For many people anxiety is manageable and a normal part of performance. However, for others performance anxiety is near crippling and may keep a musician from reaching their full… Read more »