For a majority of younger students, however, music theory is less familiar, though it is still important. Why is it so important, and how can you help your students remember what they have learned?
Connecting to an instrumental piece can be challenging, no matter what instrument you play. But, fear not, there are ways to get yourself past the notes and rhythms to the actual music within.
Leila Viss of 88 Piano Keys suggests using YouTube, Quizlet, and Kahoot to help students learn about classical composers and forms in a fun and entertaining way.
It’s not our imaginations; millennials are less patient than previous generations. Hyper-connectivity, super-fast internet, instant streaming – all of these have created a situation where, if they have to wait even 30 seconds for a response (from a website or a person on the other end of the phone), millennials will simply walk away. That’s […]
In this case, practicing in public is a great way to increase your skill and comfort level. While this article may discuss a specific program of getting people to play in public, check out any programs in your area, or hey, just grab your instrument, sit down on a random street corner, and get playing!
It’s not just the words you say that get a message across—it’s the way you say them. Similarly, in music there are many ways to “say” the same notes. Without following articulation markings, your playing could end up sounding like the equivalent of speaking in a monotone. Here’s an easy guide to help you become more “articulate” and bring more life into your playing by using accents, slurs, and staccatos.
The list below is taken from my years of experience as a musician, songwriter, recording engineer, content creator, teacher, and audio journalist. You may be familiar with some of the tips, but even if there are just a few that hit home you’ve done yourself a favor by moving closer to your goal of becoming an expert.
As many musicians can attest, there’s a big difference between playing music for your own enjoyment and being asked to play in front of other people. Whether you’re playing on stage for a large crowd or entertaining a group of friends in a more intimate setting, “stage fright” is a real phenomenon that can cause even the most experienced musicians to shy away from public performances.