Whether playing for pleasure or as a professional, there is likely to come a time when you will be faced with a piano examination, such as the ABRSM piano exam. Like any exam, preparation is key. But when the time comes, how can you make sure that everything goes according to plan? Before the Exam [...]
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You’ve practiced for months, and you’re ready to share your music with an audience. But before you step on stage… did you know there are other factors that can affect your performance? Here, online voice teacher Tyler J. shares his tips for getting adequate sleep, what to eat before singing, and more… Being a modern singer [...]
Want to practice your drum skills but not quite sure where to start? Here are some beginner-friendly drum grooves from music teacher Willy M…. When you’re learning to play drums, you may have difficulty alternating between your hands and feet while playing. I have come up with some drum grooves for beginners that will help [...]
Stage presence makes a huge difference in how your audience will respond to you. Take a look at these performance tips from NY music teacher Nadia B… You’ve practiced, rehearsed, and it’s finally time to share your vocal arts with others. Sometimes, though, components of a successful performance can be overlooked after you’ve spent so [...]
As a beginner singer, it’s important to understand how unnecessary tension affects your tone and your breath support. Here, NY teacher Nadia B. shares what to keep in mind and how to combat that tension… Singing is, in many ways, a very natural activity. We all have a voice, and it is meant to be used [...]
Want to learn how to sing better? You may have heard that controlling your breathing and your body can make a big difference. Here, NY teacher Nadia B. shares three exercises to try… While you probably already have a familiar and effective warm-up for singing, the following exercises are helpful to expand your warm-up to continue [...]
Thinking of auditioning for summer stock theatre in your area? Here, voice and acting teacher Liz T. shares her tips for audition success… Summer stock theatre is a tradition that started in the 1920s, in which talented actors, singers, and dancers from the big city would perform and work on their craft for an entire summer [...]
Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country can be intimidating for a beginning Spanish speaker. Here, language tutor Jackie A. shares her recommendations for beginner-friendly travel destinations… So you’ve finished your first couple of Spanish lessons and you’re ready to practice your new skills. Traveling and experiencing a new culture is a great way to learn Spanish for [...]
If you’re wondering how to sing well without lessons, you’ll want to check out this guest post. Here, Washington, DC voice teacher Jacqueline E. shares her thoughts… Is it possible to sing well without taking voice lessons? In a nutshell, my answer to this is a firm “no.” So, what does it look like for someone [...]
Need help prepping for an upcoming AP test? Take a look at this guest post to learn the best tips to ensure your AP exam scores are where you want them to be… AP exams are some of the toughest courses you can take in high school. Practically every AP exam not only requires you [...]