September 18, 2019

Humans Can't Live Without Music

Music is a universal language that has been around for centuries. While we currently have more musical instruments than were available years ago, there is just something about music that people have always loved and appreciated. As humans, it would be very difficult to live without music. For some people, this is their career. Other people find great peace in playing or listening to music. Let’s look closely at some of the ways that music impacts our daily lives.
July 19, 2019

So Many Instruments, How To Choose?

Just to be clear, there are no wrong choices when it comes to picking a musical instrument to study, maybe pick up the chapman stick?. Pick the instrument that you enjoy the most. But there are some considerations to be aware of when picking your first instrument, especially in school.
April 25, 2019

Why Do We Recital?

Have you ever wondered why there are so many recitals at performing arts academies? I sure have and I schedule them. I have never met anyone who woke up saying “I want to go listen to some random 5-year-olds play piano for an hour (or more)”. And yet we have recitals, and then more recitals.
April 21, 2019

How Often Should You Take Music Lessons?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Most students take one half-hour lesson per week about 47 weeks of the year. In addition to this many students will practice once or twice per week for less than an hour, if they actually practice at all.
April 12, 2019

Who Do You Like?

No, not as a friend or romantically. What musicians do you like? Who do you enjoy listening to in your own instrument? Do you listen to other musicians?
March 14, 2019

The Mistake Most Singers Make

Students come into my studio at all different skill levels with good and bad habits for us to work on. With only a few exceptions they all make this critical mistake. They are not breathing well, and while sometimes I truly mean that literally, most of the time I mean they are not getting as much air as they could be with each breath. Here’s how it normally goes:
March 14, 2019

3 Places in the US Aspiring Actors Should Visit

America boasts a cornucopia of diverse arts communities. Because of this, it is easy for aspiring actors to find inspiration and learn how to get started by visiting some of the most popular acting hot spots. Here are three places in the US that every aspiring actor should visit when wanting to learn about acting and spark their creativity.
March 5, 2019

3 US Cities Every Music Student Should Visit at Least Once

Across the United States, music students of all ages can explore exciting cultural hubs to gain inspiration and make musical connections that will help them in their studies. From attending concerts by top soloists and orchestras to hearing the latest creations from emerging composers and singers, creativity can be found on every corner.
December 12, 2018

How Can Teachers Help Students With Anxiety?

The best teachers are often concerned when their students have serious personal issues. Fortunately, there are ways to ease the symptoms of anxiety in the classroom and for creative arts activities outside of the classroom. Here’s some advice for teachers who honestly want to help their student.