How to sing and perform better with spirit

“I almost never listen to music for my own enjoyment…” This is a quote from a music teacher posting in a forum for music teachers.  There was a consensus among the hundreds of posters that they were just too burnt out from playing, singing and teaching all day, more music was just too much after…

How to make music practice effective – it can change your life

Men Wearing Makeup Playing Loud Guitars When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying! It was the rock band KISS. It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like…

How Do I Get My Students To Practice?

“I didn’t have time to practice!” “Really?” “What happened?”   Choose one of the following: “Well my aunt came to visit and…” “We went to Zimbabwe and we brought the keyboard, but we forgot the books…” “The elephants in Thailand are amazing…” “We just moved and can’t find my books yet.” “The keyboard broke and my…

Why Memorizing Music Is So Important

With all of my students, I stress the importance of memorizing their pieces, especially for performance at a recital. Here’s some of the reasons why. Repetition is the Mother of Skill How many times did Tiger Woods hit a golf ball before ever entering a competition? Apparently he was already golfing at age 2 when…