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

Using Colors to Understand Breathing and Technique

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Understanding the connection between proper breathing and great singing is essential to your success. But it can also seem a bit silly to re-learn something you’ve been doing your entire life! Here, Pittsburgh teacher Jen V. shares how she explains the technique to her students…

 

Have you ever thought about what happens in a voice lesson? The preconceived notion is a room filled with musty old books, a well-worn grand piano and a 90-year-old woman who smells of Aquanet and flecks of Poligrip. You walk into your lesson and are welcomed with a hearty handshake and are instructed to take a seat on the rustic piano bench to begin your scales. This version of a musical education might suffice for some people and for all intents and purposes, it works just fine. However, sometimes what gets forgotten is that particular scenario can often send students running for their lives for fear of Mozart and vocal arpeggios.

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3 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Music

Taking private music lessons is a great way to work on your technique, learn a specific song, and start learning the language of music. But if you want to improve as a musician overall, we recommend adding in some extra time and effort outside of the lessons. Your talents can take you far, but the best musicians also immerse themselves in all aspects of music, in every way they can. Here are a few ideas…

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20 Modern Resources for Savvy Musicians

For many people, learning to play an instrument means more than just mastering techniques and memorizing songs. Playing music is an outlet for self-expression and creativity. These musicians get the most enjoyment out of their instrument when composing their own material to express their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Are you wondering how to make the leap from just playing an instrument to writing your own songs? Take advantage of the many resources for musicians available online to expand your musical knowledge, boost your creativity, start writing your own pieces, and share them with the world. Read more

How to Expand Your Musical Palette (and Why You Should!)

classical music composersYou probably can pinpoint your favorite type of music, or at least a few favorite artists or composers. But why limit yourself? Listening to every genre – even ones you’re not particularly excited about – is an important part of expanding your musical palette. Read on as Grand Rapids, MI teacher Marty L. explains…

 

As musicians or music-appreciators, we all have our favorite genres. You will most likely find me grooving to the new Red Jumpsuit Apparatus EP (which is pretty cool) or expanding my palette with some of Asheknazy’s recording of Beethoven’s piano sonatas (my favorite composer). You will not, however, find any of my radio presets on any country station. Ever. It’s just not my thing.

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And The Grammy Goes To…

Grammy Awards 2014What do the GRAMMY Awards and music educators have in common? It might seem strange to think about big stars like Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce taking music lessons before they were famous, but trust us – most musicians, at one point or another, had the close instruction and encouragement from a music teacher. And now, music educators nationwide will get the recognition they deserve!

During February’s telecast of the 55th Grammy Awards, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest and multi-Grammy-winning artist Justin Timberlake announced that the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to recognize music teachers with their very own GRAMMY Music Educator Award.

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How to Balance Technique and Making Music Fun!

making music funAs with any skill, learning how to play music requires a certain amount of practice and commitment. For private lessons to truly be successful, though, there needs to be a balance of making music fun and educational. Read on as Elk Grove, CA teacher Kevin B. explains…

 

Like many people, you probably have a favorite composer, musician or song.  If you were asked why, what would your response be?  Would it be the lyrics, the mood, or maybe the orchestration?  Though these things may not always be evident, and sometimes confusing, they are essential components to music creation.  As a musician, how are we supposed to learn these components?  More importantly, how do we balance learning, theory, technique, and having fun?

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Music Games for Kids – Classroom and At-Home Practice

music games for kidsKeeping young kids engaged in learning music can be a struggle, for teachers and parents alike. The solution? Make music a blast by incorporating games! Here are some great tips from Dallas, TX teacher Eric C., which can be used both in the classroom and during at-home practice…

 

As an educator, we would like for our students to enjoy our lesson plans, even if the lessons sound dull on paper. In fact, the ideal these days is to have students believe that learning can be fun. It’s best to create an environment in which the students feel welcomed and comfortable. These strategies can be applied for both private music lessons and larger music classes.

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Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month

“M” is for music, and March is for Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM).  A celebration honored since 1985, MIOSM has grown from a week-long celebration to a month devoted to music and music education on a national level.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) deserves a round of applause for their efforts in spreading awareness about the importance of children receiving a well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.

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