Entries by Megan L.

7 Powerful Life Lessons from Famous Piano Composers

We talk a lot about the benefits of piano lessons (you know, making you smarter, teaching discipline, relieving stress, and so on and so on), but have you ever thought about the lessons to be gained from looking at the lives of famous piano composers? These seven celebrated composers have lots to teach about life, creativity, and how [...]

Video: How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain

If  you’re a musician, you probably already know you’re kind of a genius. In case you need help proving your mental prowess to unbelievers, TED-Ed put together this great new video illustrating exactly what happens in musical brains. Just press play and get ready for the fireworks! If you’re interested in further reading on the [...]

TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/21/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week: Gfire in Austin, TX wrote, “My voice student Jessica, age 10, just got cast [...]

8 Year Old’s Piano Recital Goes Viral

Can you imagine your town coming together for an 8-year-old’s piano recital? The residents of one Minnesota town did just that, gathering by the hundreds in the rain to see young Dylan Spoering play a free show. A local musician saw the sign Dylan had put up in his front yard to advertise the show, [...]

Exploring Kid-Friendly Theaters and Plays in San Francisco

Engaging in the arts can be a fantastic and enriching experience, no matter if you’re on stage participating yourself, or watching from the audience. And if you’re in the Bay Area, you have an awesome opportunity to teach your kids about arts appreciation by attending plays in San Francisco! From Broadway shows to musicals and [...]

Acting for the Camera vs. Onstage – Is There a Difference?

Many professional actors have flawlessly transitioned between acting onstage and acting for the camera over the years. While the two mediums are distinct and require a specific skill set, there is much debate about how different they really are. In this article we’d like to take you through a few of the common differences between [...]

5 Excellent Sight Reading Exercises for Singers

Unless you’re a career-chorister, the concept of sight reading music is probably going to at best make you slightly nervous, and at worst paralyze you with fright. However, at some point, probably when you join a choir or perhaps go to an audition, you’re going to have to face that hurdle. Sight reading comes easier [...]

Dueling Piano Bars 101: Popular Songs for Piano to Request

If you haven’t heard of dueling piano bars yet, you will soon! As audiences demand a renaissance of live entertainment on large stages, this has also trickled down to bar scenes; the result is a rise in not just karaoke clubs and open mic nights, but also jazz clubs, indie band clubs, and piano bars [...]

10 Most Popular Piano Pieces to Play

When you’re learning how to play the piano, which songs are the go-to, must-learn pieces to add to your repertoire? Here, take a look at ten of the most popular piano pieces to play, as compiled by Brooklyn teacher Jennifer K…   Most people begin to play the piano because of a song they have [...]

How to Make a Hit Pop Song – Parody Video

Ever wanted to write a hit pop song? According to YouTuber Brett Domino, there’s not much to it! Grab your bassoon, find your inspiration on Google, and get ready to coast to fame at the top of the charts. Ready for some more advanced techniques? In Part 2, Brett gets into writing a catchy chorus [...]