Music Instruction
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6 Factors that Impact the Cost of Music Lessons

The third week of the year is underway, and if learning to play an instrument was one of your resolutions, it's at this point you might be scratching your head looking at prices. The benefits of working with a music teacher, rather than just watching YouTube tutorials, is undeniable: you get clear guidance from a professional, tailor made for you, a customized lesson plan to match your progress, and someone to hold you accountable and keep you honest. And what's more, any musician will tell you that the investment you make into your training will prove to be completely worth it... << Read More >>

Tips to Help Make Your Musical Resolution a Reality!

Happy New Year everyone! All of us here at The Music Studio hope each and every one of you had a wonderful holiday season, and a spectacular year to come! If you're anything like me, you've probably got a resolution or two for the coming year, but if you don't have one yet, or are looking to add another to the promises you've already made to yourself, I've got a suggestion: learn to play an instrument or to sing this year! Learning to perform music, either with an instrument or with your own voice, is an amazing privilege, an incredible addition... << Read More >>

7 of Our Favourite Christmas Special Songs

Can you feel it? Christmas is less than a week away! And like every year, it's time for our televisions to be overtaken by those magical cartoon and stop-motion specials of our youth. If you're anything like me, it won't be long before you're humming or even outright singing those catchy and memorable songs! It just can't be helped; they're terrible dated, yet still somehow feel fresh, they're quaint and hokey, yet utterly influential. Just try to listening along and drown out the nostalgic feelings that are sure to come welling up. With that very feeling in mind, this week we're... << Read More >>

A New Tradition: The Best Christmas Specials From Past & Present

It's the holiday season, and that means TV specials! The celebrity led Christmas special has become something of a tradition of the last several decades, and like any good tradition, it has gone through a lot of changes. What's your fancy? A big production song and dance spectacular? Maybe you'd prefer a heartwarming fable? Maybe you yearn for a yearly retelling of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Or perhaps your idea of a great holiday special features Wookies and Bea Arthur. No matter what your taste, the holiday season has a special for you! And even though this is a relatively new holiday tradition,... << Read More >>

10 Hollywood Actors Who Perform With a Band

I bet that no matter what you wanted to be when you grew up, there was probably at least one time in your childhood that you wanted to be a rock star. Everyone wants to be a rock star at one point or another. Even people who grow up to be famous for another reason want to be rock stars. In fact, for many of those kids who became actors, that desire to make music never went away. A few months ago we took two blog entries to talk a little bit about celebrities with surprising musical talent. This week we're going... << Read More >>

10 Incredible Gift Ideas For Music Lovers

With our neighbours to the south celebrating their Thanksgiving last week, and Black Friday truly kicking off the holiday shopping season, it's time to revisit one of our favourite topics: holiday gifts! But this year we're going to do things a little different. In the past we've taken a special focus on gift ideas for the musicians in your life. But this year we're going to broaden our scope a bit. We've all got that one friend or family member that absolutely loves music, even if they can't actually play anything. That person who always has their headphones on, who's constantly recommending... << Read More >>

10 Reasons You Should Study Music Theory

Learning to play music has a lot of different lessons that go into getting it right. One branch of learning to play music is sometimes overlooked as too difficult, complicated, or simply unnecessary for the casual player: music theory. So what is music theory? In a nutshell, music theory is the understanding of written music, and it gives musicians and composers a common language to communicate in, even if they're from completely different backgrounds or places in time. Music students who understand music theory can read a page of music written by a composer hundreds of years ago, and know exactly what,... << Read More >>

The Birth of Musical Notation: The Why, When, & How

Music is often referred to as a universal language. And as such, pretty much anyone who can play an instrument and read music can pick up sheet music from anywhere in the world, and from any time in the history of written music, and play it, just as it was intended to be played. But it wasn't always like this. In fact, for the vast majority of human civilization, music wasn't written down at all. We really have no idea what people played throughout most of our history. We will never know the songs they sang or the beats they played.... << Read More >>

7 Famous Musicians – Who Can’t Read Music

It's hard to imagine that some of your favourite recording artists, and indeed, some of the world's most famous musicians, can't read or write a single note of music. But the fact of the matter is that this small deficiency could be much more common among musicians than you might think. But why is that so? For most of us, some of the very first things we learn when starting out with music is how to read it. But many musicians, including a large percentage of those who have made it big, are self-taught. Their inspiration doesn't necessarily come from a detailed... << Read More >>

Learning to Play: By Ear Vs Sight Reading

No one who has ever played music has claimed that it was an exact science. No, it is an art through and through. And as such, there are different ways to achieve almost any goal you set for yourself in the wide world of music. This is even true of the most basic principles of learning music. In fact, this week we're going to take a brief look at the very first step in learning to play (after you've chosen your instrument, of course), and the pros and cons of two very different styles of learning. That's right, this week... << Read More >>