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What is Musicality Part I

What is Musicality? Thoughts on expressivity from The Music Shoppe's resident singer Part 1: You are going to communicate What is musicality? It's a rather elusive term. Let me explain why: "Musicality is the ability to play a piece perfectly." This definition is technically correct, but there's much more underneath it. Musicality is not [...]

August 20th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

How to Practice Part I

  How to Practice Part I: The Practice of Practicing Do you have a novice student with no idea how to practice? What they practice will evolve as they grow, but the formula for practice will probably stay the same. If you or your student is struggling, try following this guide to make practice sessions more [...]

July 30th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

Practice Music Part II: Create Efficient Sessions

How to Practice Part II: Creating Efficient Sessions In Part I, we discussed how your student should practice their instrument. This this section, we'll talk about all of the things surrounding rehearsal: preparation, focus, distractions and more. Once your student has mastered the art of practicing, take a step back [...]

July 27th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

How to use a tuner

How to use a tuner: Turn on your tuner. It should be set to tune at A440, the frequency used most often to tune. If not set correctly, the tuner should have a guide to change this. Make your pitch with one good, long, strong sound.       Observe which way the needle moves: [...]

July 27th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

How to Rosin Your Bow

 How to Rosin Your Bow Have you ever grabbed a violin and bow off a sales counter, did your best Paganini impression, and found that you couldn't make any sound? What was up with that? That bow needed some rosin. What is rosin? Rosin is resin in solid form. When applied to the [...]

July 27th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

How to Practice with a Metronome

How to practice with a metronome Your metronome can be simple, with only a dial and power switch, or it can be highly sophisticated, with multiple programs and play options. For new players, opt for a simple metronome and upgrade as needed. Set your speed: Your metronome with have a dial with numbers ranging from [...]

July 27th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

Practice Journals

Have you gotten a practice journal yet? Sometimes when students practice, they end up playing through their music without stopping to work on difficult passages or improve their playing ability. Does that sound like a good use of rehearsal time? The key to developing as a successful musician is through productive practice, and [...]

July 27th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner Hostages, bombs, gentleman, and more. Revisit the journey that our national anthem took to becoming what it is today. Part 1 Forts, ports, and British ships Who: Francis Scott Key, lawyer and recreational poet Where: Fort McHenry, Baltimore When: September, 1814 What: The Defence of Fort M'Henry, a poem [...]

June 29th, 2018|Facts & Trivia|0 Comments

How to Prepare for Marching Band

Marching band season is coming up. Whether your student is new to their program or a seasoned professional, there are probably a few things they can be reminded of before getting out on the field.   Pre-Field Prep  Pick the right instrument (for rehearsal)   Practicing outside means instrument damage: they [...]

June 2nd, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

3 Ways to Practice Silently

Let's not kid ourselves. The best way to practice is to play your instrument regularly. But, it can be hard for students to practice without the guidance of their director, and they may not even have their instrument! Luckily, there are ways for them to practice without making any noise. Technique 1: [...]

June 2nd, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments