Music Instruction
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Why Learning to Play Music Should Be Your New Years Resolution

Happy New Year! With 2018 falling farther and farther behind us with each passing day, if you haven’t fully embraced the new year yet, what are you waiting for? The new year brings with it new opportunities around every corner, new chances to accomplish goals from last year, and a chance to try out new hobbies. It’s a unique occasion for growth and self-care with the time-honoured tradition of New Years Resolutions! For many people, this week is all about starting their new workout routine, or trying out a new diet, perhaps even making a push for that promotion they feel is... << Read More >>

Musical Celebrations of Christmas

It’s the final stretch! The last week before Christmas! With all the hustle and bustle leading up to this point, have you had time to take in some of the more musical traditions of the season? Music permeates the Christmas season, reaching into nearly every aspect of the holiday. But while there’s always cheerful music playing in the background while you shop at the last minute, that’s not really a tradition (I hope!). So this week we’re going to take a look at some traditional and contemporary musical traditions of the season. Which is your favourite? Caroling There’s no real, definitive history behind the tradition... << Read More >>

Our 10 Favourite Christmas Songs for the Violin

Over the last several weeks we have been exploring our favourite holiday music for different instruments. We started with the most common instrument of all, the human voice, with our 10 Favourite Holiday Song to Sing Along To. We followed that up with our favourite song for the piano, and last week we explored Christmas songs for the guitar. This week we’ll be bringing this exploration of the holiday music to a close, with out favourite holiday songs for the violin! The holiday season gives plenty of opportunities to practice, perform, learn new talents, and even show off! Indeed, there’s nothing... << Read More >>

Our Favourite Christmas Songs for Guitar

It’s officially December! That means that even the humbugs who don’t like Christmas music have to admit ‘tis the season! And in keeping with that sentiment, over the last couple of weeks we’ve been sharing our very favourite Christmas music! We started with our 10 favourite song to sing, followed last week by our 10 favourite songs for piano. This week we’re going to continue this theme by sharing our favourite Christmas music to play on the guitar! I have to admit, most Christmas music can be pretty cheesy and/or corny, and by the end of the month you’re probably done with... << Read More >>

Our 10 Favourite Christmas Songs for Piano

As another week passes, we inch closer to that merriment that is Christmas! Christmas can mean a lot of different things for different people. It’s a time to give. A time to receive. A time to be with family and friends. And it’s a time to reflect on your blessings and on those who may be struggling. No matter what the holiday season means to you, music has always been a part of the tradition. Everyone knows the classic Christmas songs, but they are special to each of us in their own unique ways. And there is no better way to spread... << Read More >>

Our 10 Favourite Holiday Songs to Sing Along To

Well, it’s that time of year again! We find ourselves in the latter half of November, with the holiday season in full swing! It’s the time of year where the seasonal holiday music is simply everywhere, from the hundreds of stations that are now playing Christmas music around the clock, to every retail store blasting classic carols as you enter. But even if you’re a Christmas music Scrooge, there’s still a few songs that can warm the cockles of any heart this time of year. With that in mind, this week we’re bringing you a selection of our favourite holiday music... << Read More >>

Learning to Play Music Through Goals & Realistic Expectations

So you, or your child, are starting out on the exciting adventure that is learning music! Amazing! What are your expectations for the journey? Any goals? If you have some, have you written them down? Have you put them somewhere that you’ll see them every single day? Have you established a daily plan that will help get you there? Chances are, you do have some expectations and goals, but if you’re like most people, you haven’t written them down yet. Most people never do. If you have written them down, chances are you don’t look at them every day. Odds are even lower that you... << Read More >>

10 Tips for the Perfect Music Practice Session

“How do I make it big in music?” There’s only one answer, and I think you already know it: “Practice, practice, practice!” In truth, practice is about 90% of the process, so you better be doing it! And to help make sure you’re doing it right, this week we’ve got 10 practice tips to help you make the most out of each and every session! Set Goals One of the worst things you can do when it comes to practice is to simply sit in your music room and play something. Sure, technically you’re practicing, but it will be entirely ineffective. Instead, in order... << Read More >>

6 Steps to Start Improvising Music

Learning to improvise music is a common goal for many musicians, especially in jazz, blues, and rock and roll. But to become a great improviser you need to release your inner musical instincts, and then learn to control that flow. This isn’t a skill that comes overnight, and in fact, will most likely be a long-term goal that pushes you to your musical limits, and beyond. Although the exact what, why, and when of improvisation can vary by instrument, there are some tips and strategies for getting started that work no matter your instrument or style of music you play. So,... << Read More >>

5 Coping Skills to Deal With Stage Fright

We’ve all been there at least a few times. Your breathing speeding sup, your pulse races. Sweat rolls down your forehead and makes your palms clammy. You feel sick to your stomach, and when you draw in breath to play, it comes out as shaky as your knees. These are very common symptoms of stage fright, also known as performance anxiety. And they’re an involuntary response that millions of people have to deal with whenever they’re faced with speaking or performing in front of a group. The “spotlight effect” – the belief that people are paying more (negative) attention to you than they... << Read More >>