10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Music Practice

Here are a few things to think about when you are trying to get the most out of your practice time. Find somewhere quiet. This seems too obvious for words, but not only will you be far less likely to succumb to all sorts of distractions, but entering a special practice area, whether it’s a […]

Ode to Joy: The Science of Happiness through Singing

I used to think choir singing was only was for nerds and church people. Since I was neither, I never considered singing in a group—even though I loved singing by myself. Then, in my 20s, I found myself facing a big, black hole of depression. I remembered how much fun I had once singing Christmas […]

7 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

Have colds and the flu become an inevitable part of your winter holidays? Sneak these easy disease-fighting habits into your life to help stop sickness in it’s tracks. 1. Sneeze and Cough into Your Arm or a Tissue Whoever taught us to cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze got it wrong. That just […]

Festival Information: 2015

Here you’ll find all the information you’ll need for the 2015 Festival!  The link below will give you all the basic information, dates, fees etc.: Festival Information: 2015 But that’s not all –  Below are more resources you’ll find helpful!  There is a composition competition where students have the chance to win money for their work. […]

10 Steps to Being the Musician You Always Wanted to Be

Principle no. 1: there are no short cuts Let me say that again; there are no short cuts. Now there’s a part of you that knows its true, but there’s another part of you that thinks ‘but I’ll be different, I’ll find a quicker way. You won’t, and it’ll take you just as long as […]

Feel Powerful – Pump up the Music!

It’s the day of the big game — before heading out to the field, you put on your headphones and blast some music to pump you up. The music seemingly empowers you to do great things. This effect is not all in your head — according to new research, music truly does make us feel […]

Music Students are Smarter: Here’s Why.

People who have musical training are generally very smart.  Have you wondered why?  Read on! Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help […]

Music and Your Baby: Newborn to 1 Year Old

Can listening to music benefit my child? Definitely. Think about how music affects you—how an upbeat tune chases away the blues and soft music helps you fall asleep. Your baby is no different. Lullabies have a proven track record for soothing infants—ask any parent who has resorted to singing them when the baby wakes up […]

Recital Etiquette – For the Audience

Recitals are a great opportunity for both the students and teachers to exhibit the progress made throughout the year.  Parents and guests play a big part as well, and should be shown their role as the supportive team behind their performers.   With that being said, as an audience member at a music recital, you should be […]