The Recital’s Over! Now what?

post recital season

As I write this, most American music students and teachers are entering the contest/recital time of the year. We spend lesson after lesson, practice time after practice time, preparing for performances that will help evaluate our progress over the past year. Normally, these performances are live, in front of either an audience or a judge, […]

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Practice Makes Permanent

music practice

Practice makes perfect. Well, not really. Vince Lombardi, arguably the most inspirational American football coach of all time said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”   Prac·tice  /ˈpraktəs/ transitive verb: to perform or work repeatedly so as to become proficient (practice the act): to train by repeated exercises   (practice pupils in […]

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Mid-Year Practice Boost

mid year practice boost

By Jennifer Foxx The holidays have come and gone and the school year is now half over, winter blues may even be setting in which means it’s time for a mid-year practice boost! Last year, I mentioned that I did a spring semester kickoff for the first time. A semester kickoff is the very first lesson back […]

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Musical Harmony: Taking a Deep Dive

Have you listened to music and thought to yourself, “That sounds really good"? Not because it was a one-note being played or sung (although non-harmonized music can sound good too) but because of the different voices or notes played together.  Musical harmony not only makes the music sound pleasant, but it also stirs up emotions […]

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