Latest Articles - How to Practice

What is the Suzuki Method Anyhow?

Posted on: 20 Jan 2016
If you’ve started to look into violin lessons for your child, chances are you’ve come across plenty of people talking about the “Suzuki Method.” What in the heck is the Suzuki Method? The Suzuki Method is named for its originator, Shin’ishi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist, who created a way of teaching the violin. The basic idea behind the Suzuki Method comes from the idea that children have an amazing capacity to learn language. Suzuki noticed that young children ...

Goals and Competition

Posted on: 16 Dec 2015
We are a goal setting society. And that’s a good thing. Having goals helps us keep moving forward. Goals drive us to innovation. When President Kennedy said that the United States was going to put a man on the moon, it jumpstarted the energy that made that possible. In our studios, we’re constantly stetting goals for ourselves to become better dancers. Can you get better extension on your arabesque? Can you get that jazz combination just right? Can you get that hip hop step even ...

How Good is Your Practice? Quality vs. Quantity

Posted on: 02 Dec 2015
“How many hours do I need to practice my instrument each week?” It’s the age-old questions, isn’t it? We’ll get back to it in a second, but did you know there’s actually a different question that’s much, much more important? The question you should be asking is… When you practice, HOW should you practice? Practicing is important, but you’ll never get very much out of it if you don’t practice well.  What does that mean? ...

Starting Piano as an Adult

Posted on: 28 Oct 2015
Most of our students are younger, but we always have some adults who are coming to us to take music lessons for the first time. While adults take many different kinds of classes with us – in both dance and music – we find that many adults just starting music lessons for the first time, or perhaps picking them up for the first time since childhood, are interested in taking piano. Which is great! Piano is one of the best musical foundations anyone can have. Taking up piano as an ...

Time for Invention

Posted on: 07 Oct 2015
We work really hard on technique in our dance classes. There’s an old saying: You can’t break the rules until you know them. The idea is that in the arts (as well as many other aspects of life) there are baseline skills that any person needs to know in order to do their art well. Even if you’re figuring it out on your own, if you’re a painter you’re going to need to learn about color theory and brush technique. If you’re a writer, you need to learn vocabulary ...

Five Tips for Getting Kids To Practice

Posted on: 29 May 2015
Getting kids to practice their instrument can be tough sometimes. There are a million other things demanding their attention every day, and we’ve all heard the horror stories about children who were forced to practice against their will and grew to hate their instrument. At the same time, supporting your student right is probably the single biggest factor in their success. Time and again we see that if a student gets into good habits early and gets to the first recital, that’s when ...

Five Singers with Great Range

Posted on: 23 May 2015
Developing and expanding vocal range is one of the key benefits of voice lessons. Anyone can learn to sing stronger within all parts of their range. That said, there have been some singers through history which have risen above – and gone below – all the rest. Here are just a few of the last 50 years’ most popular voices with great range. Axl Rose The frontman for Guns n’ Roses rocks a nearly six-octave range. He can hit a lower note than famed country singer ...

Five Benefits of Learning Piano

Posted on: 01 Apr 2015
1)   Attention to detail Pianists can read some of the most complex music to grace the sheet of any instrumentalist. Kids and beginners shouldn’t be scared off by this – like anything else, it starts slow enough – but pianists train their brains to recognize details in complex information. Think that might come in handy anywhere? 2)   Nimble Fingers Ever watch a pianist’s fingers dancing across the keys and wonder how they do it? Piano develops ...
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