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Taming the Piece Beast: An Easy Tip to Memorize Piano Music

Taming the Piece Beast: An Easy Tip to Memorize Piano Music

No matter how many times you practice a piano piece, committing it to memory is a totally different beast! Luckily, there is actually an easy trick for how to memorize piano music. Read on as Hampton, VA teacher Rachel G. explains her method...    All pianists have heard it at one point or another -- the dreaded onus for every student: "This piece needs to be memorized." You know what that means --playing it over and over and over until every drop of joy has been squeezed fr … Read More

Taming the Piece Beast: An Easy Tip to Memorize Piano Music
No matter how many times you practice a piano piece, committing it to memory is a totally different beast! Luckily, there is actually an easy trick for how to memorize piano music. Read on as Hampton, VA teacher Rachel G. explains her method...    All pianists have heard it at one point or another -- the dreaded onus for every student: "This piece needs to be memorized." You know what that means --playing it over and over and over until every drop of joy has been squeezed fr
A Brief History of A Cappella
Over the past few years, a cappella has become a popular genre and trend. But what exactly is it? The term a cappella is an Italian term that means "in the manner of the church" or "in the manner of the chapel," referring to the type of music that is sung without the use of musical instruments. History tells us that a cappella music got its beginning in a religious setting, but the genre continues to grow and change as shows like Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect move the style into popular c
Beginner Basics: Steps for Buying a Violin
Your first violin purchase might seem rather daunting. If you haven't purchased a string instrument before, you may not be familiar with the different makers or size ranges. A good violin is an investment, which means that a bit of research may be required beforehand. Buying a violin will be a purchase that will bring you joy for many years to come. Knowing what makes for a good-quality student instrument before you walk into a musical instrument store will keep you from being swayed by fancy-l
15 Fantastic Jazz Songs for Female Vocalists
When it comes to jazz, incredible female singers are not hard to find. Keep reading as vocal instructor Molly R. lists some of the top popular jazz songs that are sure to get your foot tapping and your soul singing. As a voice teacher, one of the genres I am consistently suggesting students try is jazz singing. Why? One reason is that learning a jazz standard really helps you grow stronger with your vocal phrasing. It's also great for singers because it allows for more freedom in your mus
5 Famous Singers Who Failed Big Before They Made It
Dreaming about making it big as a singer? Developing a thick skin and learning how to persevere is key -- the road ahead isn't always easy! Even the most successful singers today had to start somewhere. In this guest post by Corona, CA teacher Milton J., learn how to become a famous singer by drawing inspiration from these success stories...   As a budding musician and singer myself, you and I have something in common – we both love to share our vocal gifts with those willing to liste

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