Entries by dmial

The Revised SAT: What High School Students Need to Know

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. […]

Stage Fright: Your New Performance Secret

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!

American Idol, Season 12: Not What it Used to Be

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 […]

Matilda Makes Broadway Home

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 […]

And The Grammy Goes To…

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 […]

5 Common Myths About EDM

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 […]

Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month

“M” is for music, and March is for Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM).  A celebration honored since 1985, MIOSM has grown from a week-long celebration to a month devoted to music and music education on a national level. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) deserves a round of applause for their efforts in spreading awareness about the importance of […]