50 Perfect Quotes About Music

50 Perfect Quotes About Music

50 Perfect Quotes About MusicSometimes, the most satisfying thing about hearing quotes from famous figures is realizing that a great mind shared the same thoughts and feelings as you. Geniuses, they’re just like us!

When it comes to music, many of history’s greats had a lot to say, so you’re bound to find that somebody incredible loved music just the way that you do. Share these quotes with your friends, paint them on your studio wall, slip them into a loved one’s instrument case, or write them in your journal. Just like your favorite songs, these great quotes about music are yours to live with! Read more

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7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity, San Diego Style

boost creativityStuck in a rut? As a creative type, that feeling can be the worst. Whether you’re under deadline at work or just finding it difficult to keep up a hobby like playing an instrument, we’ve all been there. Especially for kids taking music lessons, providing alternate outlets for creativity can make a huge difference when motivation starts waning.

So what can you do to boost your creativity and get inspired? There are a lot of ideas out there to help – and for us San Diegans, we have opportunities practically everywhere we look.

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The 2-Minute Pep Talk You Need Right Now

One of the great wordsmiths of the 2010s, Drake, hath famously said, “we started at the bottom now we here.” But what about those days when you feel like you’re still at the bottom? You know, those days when nothing seems to go right and you feel like you can’t catch a break?

Sounds like what you need is a pep talk! One of our favorite pick-me-ups for creative types is this Ira Glass quote, set beautifully to video by Vimeo user frohlocke. Give yourself 2 minutes to watch this video and shake off your blues. Read more

Open Mic 101: How to Overcome Stage Fright & More

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Thinking about stopping by an open mic night, or hitting the stage for karaoke? Performing in front of others is a fantastic way to boost your confidence and meet other musicians in the area – but it can also be pretty scary if you’re a newbie! Luckily, learning how to overcome stage fright is easy when you focus on the right things. Read on to learn more about how open mic nights work, how to prepare for your first performance, and how to overcome your stage fright:

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How to Make Legendary New Year’s Resolutions

new year's resolutionDid you celebrate New Year’s Eve at a big holiday bash or with a quiet evening at home? However you chose to ring in the new year, this is a great time for reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the year to come. With each new year, we have a chance at a new beginning, to change a habit or to try something we’ve never done before.

If you’ve resolved to spend 2014 learning a new skill or working on a creative endeavor, you may be unsure of how to set goals to help you keep your resolution. Here at TakeLessons, we’re big believers in using SMART goal setting. But, if you’re looking for a little extra new year’s inspiration, check out these lists of goals from music legends Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie. Read more

Music Criticism: How To Handle a Critical Audience

how to handle criticismYears ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week!

However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive reviews. How sad it would have been if I had quit music over one review!

If you’re struggling to cope with a critique, here’s my advice to deal with music criticism gracefully and even learn from it. Read more


Teacher Spotlight: Performance Anxiety and Motivation

guitarBeginner guitar players often go through the same struggles. Combating stage fright and feeling stuck are common, but working with a teacher who can help you through will certainly help. Below, Portland teacher Lance V. offers his advice…


I recently received this message from one of my readers.  She asks a few questions that gets to the heart of playing an instrument.  Here’s her message and below that is my response.

TakeLessons Teachers Make a Difference!

Takelessons-Team 1One of my favorite things about working at TakeLessons is checking my email and finding amazing stories from students and teachers about how music lessons are changing lives. Sometimes I get so excited about the stories our students and teachers have to share that I just can’t keep them to myself!

Although we are still growing and working hard to improve every day, it’s important to take some time to recognize the impact our teachers have on so many lives. Here are just a few of my favorite stories that have come in over the past few months. Read more