February 2, 2016

 

One of my most vivid memories, and one that I tell to my students all the time, is me staying up late playing along with CDs. I remember bouncing in and out of my room, checking to see if you could hear my stereo from outside the door,...

November 25, 2015

 

“What does it take to make my child a better practicer, and musician overall?” This is a question on a lot of minds of parents with their kids in lessons. When you’re a music teacher, your job is to find ways to make the best musicians...

November 4, 2015

 

There’s a particular place a lot of students end up in that I’m sure a lot of music teachers know all too well. I’ve always called it “Practice Purgatory” and if there’s a time a student will drop off, this is usually the time. It’s a t...

August 26, 2015

We're very excited this week to share some excellent information from TakeLessons.com! Below is an intro written from Suzy St. George from the Take Lessons offices, followed by an awesome infographic. For more information, head over to t...

August 19, 2015

One of my favorite things to do in accompaniment with music is listening to musicians talk about music. There’s an old quote that I find funny that says “talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” While I think this definit...

July 22, 2015

It’s the most useful, but hated, tool in every musician’s arsenal. No matter how much time you spend with it, it seems like you still never really enjoy its company. Never. Yet, we push forward and let it click away at us tauntingly. Why...

June 24, 2015

We all know the old expression, “Practice makes perfect.” As a teacher, I definitely like to preach this sentiment as much as possible, and I think pretty much everyone can agree with it no matter what it is you’re trying to get better a...

May 27, 2015

It goes by many names. Some call it the “1-2-3-4 exercise”, some call it “crawl ups” some may just call it noodling. Whatever you decide to call it, however, this exercise is extremely powerful, and often overlooked.

I start out all of my...