Music Instruction
by Professionals

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 >>

Ouch: How to Avoid the Most Common Musician Injuries

When you think of the world’s most dangerous professions, musician probably doesn’t even come into your mind. Most of them involve heights, open water, or dangerous equipment. But music does indeed come with its very own list of hazards and dangers; from bad backs to heavy instruments to incidents on the road driving home from a gig. When you start a job with a dangerous element to it, you usually go through some sort of orientation to familiarize yourself with the risk. Unfortunately, no such orientation exists for musicians, and many take the hazards for granted a little too often. But injuries can... << Read More >>

Digital vs Acoustic: Which Piano is Best for Students

The piano is easily one of the most popular instruments available to learn today. It’s found in nearly every kind of music, from heavy metal and punk rock, to rap and hip-hop, and of course, classical, jazz, and countless other genres, both those have been around for a long time, and more contemporary fair. But for a student, choosing the right piano can be tricky. Since most of us can’t afford a grand piano, let alone have the space for one, many people are turning to digital pianos. And they can make an amazing substitute for traditional pianos, while adding in the... << Read More >>

Key Features to Look for in a Keyboard

If there is one instrument that can be found in more homes than any other, it's probably the piano! Acoustic pianos of all shapes and sizes, and digital keyboards bring hours upon hours of fun and pleasure to any home. But if you're a first-time piano buyer or renter, you've probably got a few questions about your first piano keyboard. This week we'd like to share a few tips to help you find the best piano keyboard for you. But before we get into the nitty-gritty, there's one thing you'll need to ask yourself: “What will my new piano keyboard be used... << Read More >>

10 Ways to Help Your Child Develop an Appreciation for Music

Most parents hope that their children will grow to develop a love, or at least and interest, for music. But how do you go about fostering that interest, especially if you don't have any musical training yourself? Fear not! As a parent, there are a number of things you can start doing right away, and some of them you may already be doing without even noticing it! So let's jump right in to our 10 methods and techniques to help you instill a love of music in your children. 1. Stop & Listen We're always told to stop and smell the roses, but what about... << Read More >>

8 Tips to Help You Help Your Child Practice

For some kids, practice time is something that is not only enjoyed, but looked forward to. It can be a fun time of to explore new music, to perfect old favourites, and to generally have fun with music. Unfortunately, this feeling is not universal among children, and many need some encouragement or a helping hand to get them to actually stick with their practicing until they can motivate themselves. For many parents, getting their kids to practice can be a daily struggle. Skill in music is limited only by a lack of consistent and concentrated practice and experience, and a lack... << Read More >>

How Do I Choose the Right Instrument for My Child?

As a parent who wants to help foster a passion for music in your child, you're probably concerned about helping your budding musician choose the right instrument from the start. While of course the key to mastering any instrument is hours upon hours of practice, both you and your child will find the process much easier and more enjoyable with the right instrument. This week we're going to share a few tips to help you choose the best instrument for your child by thinking about their age, physical features, personality, interest, the popularity of certain instruments, and your financial situation. Let's start... << Read More >>

Top 7 Things to Consider When Signing Your Child Up for Music Lessons & Classes this September

If your little one loves music the way most children do, you've probably considered signing them up for music lessons. And what better time to start thinking about it again than back-to-school season? Countless studies have shown that the amazing benefits that the study of music can bring to a child's everyday life are invaluable to their academic life, social life, and self-esteem! So if your child has an interest in learning to sing or play an instrument, music lessons are a fantastic first step! Of course, there are some important things to consider before you sign your child up for... << Read More >>

Maintaining & Cleaning Brass Instruments

Over the last several weeks, we've spent some time discussing the general points of instrument maintenance and repair you can do at home. We started with the guitar, before moving to the piano & keyboard, then to the drums, and finally, the string section last week. We're going to continue that trend this week, with a few tips for maintaining brass instruments! Just like with the rest of the band or orchestra, trips to the repair shop for your brass instrument can be costly and time consuming. But, also like the rest of the band, simple maintenance can help you avoid expensive... << Read More >>

Maintaining the String Section

Over the last few weeks we've been talking a lot about how you can maintain your instruments, and even do a few minor repairs, at home. We started with minor maintenance and repairs you can do on your guitar, then we moved to keeping your piano's keyboard clean, before moving on to keeping your drums shining! This week we'll be continuing that theme, but this time with an entire section: the strings. Unfortunately, due to their delicate and precise nature, doing any kind of repair-work on your own is very strongly discouraged, but there are a number of things you can do... << Read More >>