So often, we need to write scores for our students, or as students we need to write music to convey an idea to our teachers or fellow students. For those of us who aren’t composers or orchestrators, it may not be feasible to spend hundreds of dollars on high end music notation software such as...Continue reading
I see many inquiries into the price of private piano lessons as well as many piano teachers discussing their rates within private groups on social media and this always seems to be a topic for confusion. Rates can vary widely due to a number of factors such as geography, length of the lesson, size of...Continue reading
There are a number of ways to learn how to play jazz guitar, and not all methods will work for every person. In this post, we’ll explore some of the pros and cons of several different approaches to learning how to play jazz guitar. Private Jazz Guitar Lessons Taking private lessons with an experiences jazz...Continue reading
Florence Beatrice Price (April 9, 1887 – June 3, 1953) was an African-American composer, pianist, organist, and music educator. She was born in Little Rock, AR and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. Price is the first African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra. She composed over 300 works, including...
As one who has been performing in piano recitals from a very young age, I’m a firm believer in encouraging all students to have such an experience. In this post, we’ll look at some of the many benefits of students of all ages and levels participating in recitals. Performing in recitals encourages focusing on a...Continue reading
If you've begun teaching online over the past year, you've likely discovered that it can be difficult to manage the various sound sources and to hear your students with the necessary clarity unless you have a quality pair of headphones or earbuds. Personally, I much prefer to use over the ear headphones for several reasons....Continue reading
The past year has seen many changes to the way we interact with our students, the most significant being the need to adapt to teaching online. Anyone who has tried teaching online with only their smartphone or tablet has learned very quickly that it’s absolutely necessary to supplement their teaching studio with the best USB...Continue reading
From 2002 to 2005, I spent three years in Las Vegas as the keyboardist and MIDI programmer for the Cirque du Soleil production “O” at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. It had been a dream of mine for many year to perform with Cirque du Soleil, and I left a Broadway national tour to start...
With the holiday times upon us, many of us are searching for that perfect gift for the musicians and music teachers in our lives. Many of us have also grown tired of seeing the same cliche piano keyboard ties and musical coffee mugs. In this post, we’ll show some of the more unique gifts available...Continue reading
So you’ve made the decision to purchase Apple’s Logic Pro, Avid’s Pro Tools, or Ableton Live. But now you need to learn how to use it. You might be asking yourself the question “now that I own a DAW, how do I learn music production?” In this post, we’ll explore a few options to help...Continue reading