Entries by Megan L.

The San Francisco Jazz Scene: Venues, Festivals, and More

No doubt about it, San Francisco loves jazz! The City by the Bay is home to one of the most thriving jazz scenes in the country. With numerous radio stations playing everything from big band to post bop to the latest smooth jazz, an almost year-round slate of jazz concerts and festivals, and some of [...]

Celebrating National Piano Month: 6 Easy Art Projects for Kids

Happy National Piano Month! To celebrate this September, why not spend some time making some easy art projects for kids that will add some pizazz to your music room? Crafting together is a great way to bond with your kids and get them interested in learning more about making music on the piano. It’s a [...]

TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 8/25/14

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: David P. in Cincinnati, OH has shout outs for several of his students. He [...]

How to Be a Writer: Will A Writing Tutor Help Me?

Your favorite athletes all work with coaches. A football coach creates plays and helps players adapt to the game on the field. A swimming coach analyzes individual parts of the athlete’s stroke to gain more speed in the pool. A gymnastics coach finds ways for the gymnast to add more grace and power to his [...]

5 Strategies for Developing Writing Skills

Unlike some other academic skills, the ability to write well is something that follows you from elementary school all throughout your life, particularly if you work in an office environment - so it’s no wonder there’s such an emphasis on it in school! From creative short stories and descriptive paragraphs in elementary school to lengthier prose and argumentative essays [...]

Teach Yourself to Sing on Key With These 5 Tools

If you’re looking to teach yourself to sing on key, it’s important to remember that it has as much – if not more – to do with training your ear as it does with training your voice.  And since we can’t hear ourselves sing accurately, we need recording equipment or another trusted pair of ears [...]

What Does Your Favorite Music Say About You?

If you have ever accused someone of not understanding you because they don’t like your favorite music, or judged someone harshly for liking your least favorite, you might actually be on to something. According to research done by Prof. Adrian North at Heriot-Watt University, there is some correlation between personality and preferred musical genre. Over [...]

6 Mistakes You’re Making on Your Acting Resume

Professional actors often can’t help but feel a little powerless when it comes to the process of auditioning and booking jobs. Sure, from the outside people think that actors have some say in creative aspects, but your input and personal preferences are really quite insignificant in the process (well, not until you’re on a Brangelina [...]