Entries by Suzy S., TakeLessons Blog Manager

7 Ways to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions

If you feel easily distracted in your daily life, you’re not alone! But as a writer or artist, this can be particularly detrimental to your craft. Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Keith F. shares some of his suggestions for how to stay focused…   In our modern culture, we watch television and use the internet several hours a [...]

4 Easy Steps to Playing Piano By Ear

Want to try playing piano by ear? Follow these four simple steps from Newport Beach, CA teacher Patricia S. and you’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time…   Ear training doesn’t need to be difficult or boring. You can have fun, learn techniques for playing piano by ear, and learn a little bit about music [...]

How to Practice Piano Arpeggios | Tips and Exercises

Don’t forget about piano arpeggios when you sit down to practice! Here, Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S. shares her tips for playing and practicing them…   One of the great masters of 20th century piano showmanship was Liberace, otherwise known as the Elvis of piano performance. Liberace’s trademarks were wildly ostentatious outfits, candelabras atop the piano, and [...]

What to Know Before You Go: The LA County Museum of Art

Looking for a fun and enriching outing with the kids? Look no further than the LA County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the western United States. Located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, the museum has exhibited amazing works of art since 1965. Before you head out of the house, here [...]

5 Important Tips for Writing Romance Novels

Everyone enjoys a great love story — and writing romance novels can be just as much fun as reading them! With this type of fiction, authors create an uplifting story that ends happily for the characters that readers have grown to love. Here’s how to put together a fun read that shows the chemistry of [...]

The Powerful Secret to Great Emotional Acting

The best actors know that part of the process involves truly understanding your character’s motivation and inner thoughts. Find out how to get started in this guest post by teacher Timothy S…   One of the most effective ways to learn acting is knowing never to accept just the facts when it comes to relationships. [...]

5 Tips for Acing Your Composition Writing Class

Falling behind in your freshman composition writing class? There’s still time to get caught up. Keep reading for helpful tips from Machias, ME tutor and English teacher Matt M…   I have taught English composition and literature for over a decade at the college level. During that time, I’ve taught at six different universities, four domestic [...]

5 Books to Help You Ace the GMAT

Applying for an MBA program? Here, online tutor Marcus S. shares the best GMAT books to help you study for the big test…   Even after doing great on the SAT and all of those endless college exams, preparing for the GMAT can still be scary. You’re going to grad school, after all, and that’s [...]