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3 Ways to Practice Silently

3 Ways to Practice Silently Let's not kid ourselves. The best way to practice is to play your instrument regularly. Take advantage of the summer and play something fun like Star wars, The Greatest Showman, or anything that your student loves! Students who aren't practicing over summer can lose the "feel" of their instrument. But it can be [...]

June 2nd, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Face Your Fears: Battling Performance Anxiety

Face Your Fears: Battling Performance Anxiety Spring means performance season for musicians. For students, this means the impending doom of Solo & Ensemble contests, concerts, and auditions for next year's band and orchestra. Don't be scared! There are plenty of reasons to perform and plenty of ways to prepare! Part I: Performance is a good [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|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|How To|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|How To|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 students 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|How To|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|How To|0 Comments

5 Tips for a Better Sounding Drum

5 Tips for a Better Sounding Drum Believe it or not, there’s more to drumming than just hitting a drum. Here are five quick tips to sound like a pro! 1.Tune the batter head for feel Most drums have two heads: batter and resonant. The batter head, as you can probably guess, is the top [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to Tune a Drum Head

How to Tune a Drum Head Learning to tune a drum head is just as important as knowing your flams and paradiddles. And just like rudiments, tuning takes practice. If your first try doesn't meet your expectations, don't give up; it may take several attempts to find the right sound. Learning the Cross [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|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. Here are the best habits for extending your woodwind's life. Keep your instrument clean Run a swab through your woodwind after every session. Moisture left in your instrument [...]

January 19th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Winter Care Tips for Orchestral Instruments

Winter Care Tips for Orchestral Instruments Cold weather can take a toll on any wooden instrument. Violins, violas, cellos, and basses are especially fragile due to the thinness of the wood and the pressure the strings put on the instrument. During the winter, you want to avoid quick temperature changes and low humidity. Here are [...]

January 19th, 2018|How To|0 Comments