High school students can say “goodbye” to the SAT – the old version that is. Starting in March 2016, The College Board will introduce a redesigned SAT for students gearing up for college. So what do you need to know? The biggest difference to note is the essay portion at the end of the test. [...]
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We’ve all had one at some point or another – a bad audition. You prepare like crazy for that singing competition that you swear up and down you’re going to nail. However, despite 30 minutes of scales first thing in the morning and an entire day in line spent practicing, you walk into the audition [...]
Is your life full of crazy ups and downs – drama, suspense, romance – mixed with colorful, over-the-top characters? Have you always wanted to learn how to write a book, but upon sitting down with only your writing medium and your mind, you’re not quite sure where to start? We recently chatted with TakeLessons writing [...]
Rapidly-racing heartbeat and sweaty palms are symptoms most musicians experience at one point or another. Stage fright is certainly no fun. But a recent study aims to shift the perception of these all-too-familiar feelings of stress. The idea: overcoming stage fright is as simple as thinking of it as your ally!
It’s easy to feel stressed when you pick up a new piece of music. Where do you start? What should you do if you get stuck? And how long will this take? Read on as Winnetkta, CA piano teacher Anthony B. shares his advice… Everyone has a repertoire of songs that they practice [...]
When 28-year-old Christopher C. of Garner, NC, decided he was going to propose to his girlfriend by song, he needed to make sure he could secretly take piano lessons without spoiling the surprise. Online piano lessons with Heidi S. of Fort Worth, TX, was going to be Christopher’s solution for an inconspicuous means of taking [...]
It’s no secret American Idol has seen better days. Ratings have slipped to an all-time low, with viewership numbers seeming to decrease each week. The question remains though: Who’s to blame? Many critics have cited the ongoing battle between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey as one of the reasons. With anti-Nicki Facebook pages inspired [...]
Unbelievable! I’ve waited many years to geek out over the next novel to turn Broadway musical. While looking for an update on the film version of Wicked, I stumbled across news of epic proportions that should otherwise hold me over: Matilda on Broadway! Take a peek at what New York has done for this very memorable little [...]
What do the GRAMMY Awards and music educators have in common? It might seem strange to think about big stars like Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce taking music lessons before they were famous, but trust us – most musicians, at one point or another, had the close instruction and encouragement from a music teacher. And [...]
No matter what your favorite music genre is, we all can agree that Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is at the top of the music food chain right now. However, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the writing and producing of electronic music, the culture EDM is producing and the credibility of EDM as a [...]