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5 Tips for Magical, Musical Summer Practicing

5 Tips for Magical, Musical Summer Practicing

Ah, summer ­— the season of beach vacations, picnics, ice cream cones, and diligent music practice. Oh, wait – maybe not that last one there. In fact, with all of summer's fun activities and with some music students opting to take the summer off, it’s possible for a musical instrument to go days or even (gulp) weeks without attention. Luckily, whether you’re a music teacher, parent or music student, we have a few creative tips and ideas to keep music practice appealing during this sunny, summer season. Make it relevant. Baseball fan? Ask your young musician to try for a “single” by playing...

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Even Rock Stars Practice

Even Rock Stars Practice

We are often prone to think that the life of an artist is 95% glamour and 5% work. After all, nearly every trip to the grocery store ends with a checkout aisle wallpapered with musicians and actors living the good life. We see them stepping out of exotic cars, boarding private planes or breezing past the velvet rope at an exclusive restaurant. We don't see them honing their craft, practicing lines, rehearsing with their band or really, doing any of the hard work that leads to the finished product. But, except for a few rare instances, the artists who have met...

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The Power of Habit - Your Secret Weapon to Reaching Goals (and Keeping Resolutions)

The Power of Habit - Your Secret Weapon to Reaching Goals (and Keeping Resolutions)

Habits are powerful - anyone who has found themselves absentmindedly driving to work when they actually intended to go to the mall can testify to that. If you can harness that magnetic pull and apply it toward positive change, though, you've got a pretty great secret weapon. That's what Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg demonstrated in his hit book, "The Power of Habit." In his blog, Charles shared the tricks to creating powerful habits and resolutions, with two key components: a cue and a reward. The cue (perhaps leaving your sneakers by the front door to remind you to...

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Music Matters: Tips for sticking with it, even during soccer season

Music Matters: Tips for sticking with it, even during soccer season

  It's funny - when parents call to sign their child up for lessons, they often confess how much they regret quitting music lessons themselves. We've had dozens of these types of calls over the years, but have yet to have one parent say that they regret sticking with music.The benefits of music lessons last for a lifetime. The Journal of Neuroscience shared that "musical training before the age of seven has a significant effect on the development of the brain, showing that those who began early had stronger connections between motor regions -- the parts of the brain that...

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