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by Jamey Mann, Catoctin School of Music Injuries for musicians are common and something all teachers and students must take seriously. A student ignoring pain or a teacher not paying attention to a student’s technique may have dire consequences in the future. Most recently Steve Vai (one of world’s best and accomplished guitarist with over 4 decades of experience) suffered an injury in his left hand...

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Let’s get to know CSM’s Folk Instruments! Today’s instrument is the Tank Drum – also known as the tongue drum, or hank drum.   What is a tank drum? The tank drum is a cushion-shaped percussion instrument made from metal. The top of the drum is sliced into small petal or tongue shapes to create different pitches when struck with a mallet. When played, the tank drum has...

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by Jennene Estes, Catoctin School of Music Almost all of my most successful motivational ideas are borrowed, stolen, or are a modified version of another teacher’s idea.  “Listen Like a Maniac” is no exception. Michelle Horner and her daughter were practicing daily.  Together, they were carefully following the advice of her daughter’s violin teacher.  But even though Michelle is an accomplished guitar teacher, her daughter’s progress on...

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What does a music studio manager do? Obviously they manage their music studios, but their everyday tasks can sometimes be made more difficult when encountering some of the most common mistakes in the business. Let’s have a look at some of these common mistakes and how to correct them or avoid them altogether in order to become a better music studio manager. Not Taking Care of the...

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We all know that starting  a project can be the hardest part, but when you are in charge of a dance studio, you can't let your guard down. One of the biggest commitments of being a dance studio manager is that it will require your constant attention and time in order to be successful. Here are just a few reminders to stay on the right path to...

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