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The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key and The Defence of Fort M'Henry Francis Scott Key was a lawyer and recreational poet who in 1814, wrote the poem "The Defence of Fort M'Henry." Key volunteered to board British ships to negotiate the release of American prisoners. While on board, he heard British generals discussing the [...]

June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prepare for Marching Band

Prepare for Marching Band! Marching band is starting 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. Before starting Pick the right instrument Decide what instrument you're going to use before stepping on the field. [...]

June 2nd, 2018|How To, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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|News|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|News|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