Performance

As a student and performer of music, it’s crucial to put the physical time into practicing your craft. We’ve all heard the old adage “Practice makes perfect” and that in order to master something you have to practice it for 10,000 hours. Well, those sayings aren’t quite true. Practice alone doesn’t actually make you a perfect player and 10,000 hours of practice won’t make you...

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Don’t break your musical growth during Summer Break! Keep on track during the summer months through music lessons. By Robert Fisher, CSM Music Teacher Ask any school age student this time of year how many weeks and days until summer break and many can give you a calculated up-to-the day (or hour!) countdown until the final bell of the school year rings and Summer Break officially begins....

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by Jamey Mann During normal music instruction, I feel there are some important topics that are often overlooked. These topics include basic organizational skills, how to be prepared for a gig, and possibly most important of all is being safe when performing. Many view music as a benign activity. In general, practicing at home or coming to lessons is possibly one of the safest things a person...

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by Alyssa Cowell Engaging students with new music is a great way to broaden their understanding of musical genres. Sometimes, students are resistant to devote time to styles of music that aren’t trendy or familiar. I like to assign listening assignments, and look for ways to make technically challenging, historically significant music more appealing to the new listener. One strategy is to find a way to...

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One of the problems we have as musicians is a plateau in development and drive. It’s happened to almost everybody I know in one way or another and it’s the most frustrating thing to deal with. Over the years I’ve found that the most common reason for a plateau is a lack of clearly defined and achievable goals. Let me make a very clear distinction, practice...

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