Classical Music Appreciation For Children

Lovers of classical music often lament the apparent decline of classical music appreciation in today’s generation. With concert attendance plummeting, classical radio stations shifting to different formats, and orchestras struggling due to budget cuts and lack of support, one can’t help but fear what the future holds for the good, old Verdi, Bach, Chopin, Liszt, […]

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Should Parents Push Their Child To Learn Music?

Learning music is a worthwhile pursuit and a good developmental activity for any child to participate in. Not only that, but enrolling in music lessons at an early age can eventually lead to an interest in fine arts or an instrument later in life. We all want this for our kids and most of us […]

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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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