Music Instruction
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5 Tips to Develop Your Musical Timing

A strong, reliable sense of rhythm and timing is an important aspect of any music making endeavour. In fact, a steady tempo is one of the easiest ways to tell an amateur from a professional. Even as an audience, our ability to feel the beat while listening to music is subtle, but extremely powerful. So much so that any deviations from the rhythm are immediately noticed and can give the audience an uneasy feeling that things aren't quite right. For this reason, if you want to become a successful musician, developing a strong sense of musical timing is extremely important. Now,... << Read More >>

Time Management: 4 Tips for Musicians

When it comes to learning to play a musical instrument, there are all kinds of new skills to master. Many of these skills even vary from instrument to instrument: learning how to properly purse your lips for a brass instrument won't help someone playing the violin. But there is one all important skill that is common to all instruments, and every musician must learn to master before they can master their art: time management. Arguably the most important skill to learn as a musician, or even in life, is how to properly manage your time. Yet, despite its importance, it's no... << Read More >>

4 Benefits of a Well Maintained Instrument

As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. But what if the tool you're practicing with isn't in tip-top condition? Can you really expect to reach perfection with a sub-par instrument? Of course not! That's why taking special care of your instrument is just as important as the work you put in learning to perform with it. In fact, a properly handled, cared for, and maintained instrument has a lot of benefits over a neglected and abused instrument. These benefits are far reaching, including better practice sessions with better results, a longer life, and no unexpected financial surprises. And hey,... << Read More >>

6 Tips to Maximize Your Practice Sessions

Just like pretty much anything else in life that's worth while, learning to make music takes time, effort, and lots and lots of practice. In fact, a passionate musician never, ever stops practicing, and that includes your favourite recording artists too! Rihanna has a vocal coach who she works with constantly to make sure her voice stays in the best condition it can be in. Imagine Dragons practice before every show. Even the Rolling Stones still get together to hold band practice! You can't expect to progress without putting in the effort of practicing. Just like any other skill, without... << Read More >>

What Are Your Practicing For?: The Benefits of Performing

When deciding to start learning to play a musical instrument, one aspect of the learning process that is often overlooked by new students is performing. It's extremely common for new students to feel anxious and insecure about their playing ability, or feel like they aren't ready. Stage fright is something nearly all new performers (and even some life-long musical superstars) have to learn to handle. And unfortunately, some teachers don't offer very many opportunities for their students to perform. As nerve-wracking as performing can be sometimes, simply avoiding it altogether can be bad for the musical learning process. This is because... << Read More >>

From Sea Shells to Armstrong: A Brief History of the Trumpet

As I'm sure you're well aware by now, music is as old as human civilization, and has developed right along with us, evolving as our tastes and needs have changed. But there has been one piece of musical equipment that, even though it has gone through a lot of changes over the centuries, has more or less been with us for the entire history of music: the trumpet. Earliest Horns Over its long and prestigious history, the trumpet has played a vital role in nearly every major civilization on this planet Earth. Much more than a simple musical instrument, the trumpet has... << Read More >>

If it Ain’t Baroque: The Violin Through Time

Last week we briefly touched on the long and storied history of one of music's most iconic instruments: the piano. This week we're going to be following that same trend, only we're going to talk about the history of an instrument that has been around for a few hundred years longer than the piano: the violin. Descended from a long line of stringed instruments, the violin is only one instrument of many in the Viol family that includes instruments that are fretted and or played with a bow. Some of the violin's earliest predecessors include the medieval fiddle, rebec, and lira... << Read More >>

A (Short) History of the Piano

Possibly the most easily recognizable musical instrument, save the guitar, is the piano. They're literally everywhere; homes, businesses, schools, even street corners. They're the first instrument many people begin their formal musical education with, and even those with absolutely no experience with music at all can't help but sit down and noodle with the keys when they come across an unoccupied piano. Pianos have managed to become simply a part of everyday life in Western culture. But how did it get that way? The history of the piano is long and full of interesting and wonderful stories. We can't possibly... << Read More >>

6 Ways to Help Your Little Ones Develop an Early Love For Music

As I sit here trying to think about putting words down on this spring day, the sounds of a young person practicing their scales on a saxophone is coming through my open office window on the gentle breeze. Over the years we've dedicated a lot of time on this blog to the huge variety of benefits and advantages that a simple education in music can give to a developing brain. And as I sit here enjoying the sweet sounds of practice, it occurs to me that fostering that interest in music at a young age can be tricky, and many... << Read More >>

What is the Best Age to Start Music Lessons?

Music has an incredible effect on the brain. We've talked about it before. In fact, we've covered just some of the countless studies have shown the amazing impact that an education in music can have on the developing mind. So it's no wonder parents all over the world are enrolling their little ones in music programs of every type. But there is a crucial question that many parents need to have answered before they sign their children up: what is an appropriate age for them to start? The short answer is that it's different for everyone. There are a lot of... << Read More >>