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How It Works: Repair

How it works: Repair Ever wonder what actually goes on in the repair department? We wonder that every day. Part I: Repair Brass: Soldering>Sonic cleaning>Dent removal>Replaced pieces>Play test>Mouthpiece Sanitation Soldering Any pieces that need to be soldered back on are replaced first. Sonic Cleaning The horn is taken completely apart and submerged in [...]

May 1st, 2018|Facts & Trivia|0 Comments

The Point of Private Lessons

The Point of Private Lessons Parents may think sending their child to private music lessons seems a bit silly. They're not planning on becoming professional musicians, so what's the point? Turns out there are a lot of reasons to study privately. Here are some of our thoughts on why you might consider setting up your [...]

March 29th, 2018|Music Advocacy|0 Comments

Face Your Fears: Battling Performance Anxiety

Facing Your Fears Challenging students to perform solo Spring brings fresh air, warm weather, and exciting outdoor excursions. But for music students, it also brings the impending doom of Solo & Ensemble contests, concerts, and auditions for next year's band and orchestra. As daunting as it may be, there are ways to overcome [...]

March 1st, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

3 Ways to Make A Beautiful Sound: Beginning Voice

3 Ways to Make A Beautiful Sound: Beginning Voice Vocal study is, essentially, learning how to produce a good  tone, so it's difficult to explain how to fix it in just a few steps. What we can do is outline the fundamental elements of singing so you can learn to self-diagnose when your voice isn't [...]

March 1st, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

3 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Beginning Violin and Viola

3 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Beginning Violin and Viola It's all about the bow. 1. Posture Re-position the bowing arm Correct positioning is critical to producing a good sound. The shoulder and upper arm shouldn't move much, because the majority of the work comes from the elbow. Think of the elbow like a [...]

March 1st, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

5 Ways to Make A Beautiful Sound: Beginning Woodwinds

5 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Woodwinds Let's not kid ourselves: the only way to improve is to practice. But sometimes, your student's tone, the sound quality, pitch, and strength, is hard to handle. Over time they'll develop the tools to self-diagnose and improve tone on their own. Until then try some of these techniques, [...]

March 1st, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

3 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Brass

3 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Brass Breath support and embouchure make or break a brass player's sound. 1. Embouchure and Placement Embouchure The corners of the lips should be firm, but not pulled back (like some woodwinds). The jaw should be open so that the teeth aren't touching. Clenched teeth mean a strained [...]

March 1st, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments

Good Habits for Healthy Instruments: Woodwinds

Good Habits for Healthy Instruments: Woodwinds Maintaining your instrument doesn't have to be a painstaking process; a lot of damage to woodwinds can be prevented with easy daily routines. Keep your instrument clean Run a swab through your woodwind after every session. Moisture left in your instrument can be absorbed into the keypads, [...]

January 19th, 2018|Student Resources|0 Comments