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The 3 Keys to Benefitting from Composing & Improvising, Part 2: The What

Photo Credit: Trusty Joe – https://trustyjoe.com/   Creating your own original music is one of the most beneficial aspects of studying an instrument and being a musician. In Part 1, I talked about two of the three keys to reaping those benefits. First was understanding…

Recording Yourself, Part Three – How To Record Yourself

Credit: http://www.intuneaudio.ca/ In the last two articles, we talked about the benefits of recording yourself and what to listen for when reviewing your recorded efforts. In this installment, we’ll discuss some practicalities of making recordings. Even if you’re simply making a cheap and cheerful recording…

Pride of Place – Songs We Share for National Celebrations

Credit: college.usatoday.com We hope all our Teachers and Students in the United States are enjoying 4th of July celebrations. But why not spread the national pride further afield? We enlisted the help of the wonderful Elizabeth Gaikwad to create some simple accompaniment versions, using the key…

Recording Yourself, Part Two – What to Listen For

Credit: http://sepeusz.blogspot.com.au/   In the first instalment of this series, we talked about the value and benefits of recording yourself.  It’s amazing what you’ll notice about your playing when you listen back to it without the distraction of having to actually play.  But there can…

The 3 Keys to Benefitting from Composing & Improvising, Part 1: The Why & How

Credit: Fabrizio Paterlini – The Art of the Piano Creating your own original music is one of the most beneficial aspects of studying an instrument and being a musician, even if you’re not especially interested in becoming a composer or a songwriter, and even if…

Recording Yourself, Part One – The Benefits

In the old days, music was an ephemeral thing – if you weren’t there at the performance, it was gone forever. Nowadays if you wanted to, you could chronicle your every moment at the instrument via video or audio and share it instantly with the…

Creative Coaching – Performance

We’re excited to launch the Creative Coaching Series, programs designed for both students and teachers to deepen and broaden the music learning experience. The first title, from our Director of Programs Gordon Harvey, looks at the sometimes scary prospect of performing for others. In this…

A Classical Musician Ventures into Improvisation

I’m just learning to take baby steps into improvisation. And I have a secret to tell you. But first, let me tell you where I’m coming from and what my personal experience with music has been. I’m a classically trained musician, fortunate enough to have…

Breaking Down and Getting Back Up Again – A Story of Perseverance

Most of you will know Robin Keehn – in fact, most of you will have been impacted directly or indirectly by Robin’s enormous contribution to everything we do, fuelled by her unstoppable drive to be the best teacher/coach/manager/developer she can be, and her equally unstoppable…

Giving Yourself Permission & Not Judging the Result – Per Bristow

Per Bristow has built a worldwide following with an online program that helps people discover their voice. For him, singing is a pathway to self-discovery. Through his work, Per addresses deeper issues, like the connection between fear of performance and fear in our relationships, and…