Mistakes – Five Strategies For Making the Most of Them

If you play music, you make mistakes. Guaranteed. I know because I’ve studied singing for twenty-plus years. I also know singers who weren’t given the right guidance about how to productively deal with mistakes and gave up in frustration and discouragement. No matter what instrument you play, I’m writing this post to help you make […]

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Breaking Away from Jazzy Norms

Having spent a good few years on YouTube; the only place where, amongst other enthusiasts, musicians and so-called teachers get together to share their music and methods, I have come to see the general consensus of what it apparently takes to become a good jazz pianist: play fast, play blues scales, play/improvise linearly, waste time […]

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A Family Band? Can Your Family Function As A Band?

Throughout history there have been numerous examples of family bands: bands that are composed entirely of family members. You will find that there have been bands composed of a husband, wife, and children. You will find that there have been bands composed exclusively of a husband and wife couple. You will find that there have […]

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Well-Rounded Education Philosophies: Are they costing us specific skillsets?

Whether it’s a kid who’s involved in a lot of high school sports and extra-curricular activities, or a liberal arts college that requires a wide range of general education classes, our society’s educational philosophy is one that promotes and often requires a high level of diversity. The idea is that through exposure to a variety […]

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Music Dynamics for Mindfulness and Health

A way that music can enhance your health that you may never have thought about before is found within being mindful of the dynamics instructions (written in Italian) written into “classical” music scores. In the score, these specific commands tell the performer(s) about nuances to tone or tempo that they are to include when playing […]

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How Music Can Encourage Creativity

Music has been something that has inspired people for more than 2000 years. There are deep levels of science involved in the mechanics of why this is true, and there are even some levels of spiritual emphasis. There is no doubt that everyone has at least once felt the magic that is possible when just […]

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Five Steps To Teaching Your Child Music At Home

Music is a universal language that cuts across language, race, tribe, country or even continent. Everyone recognizes music as the one thing on this planet that brings people together in a powerful way. Music is also seen as a learning tool that helps kids develop discipline, understand method and become more creative in their lives. […]

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