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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

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

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|Student Resources|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|Student Resources|0 Comments