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Rhythm Spinner Game

The Rhythm Spinner Game is an excellent tool for woodshedding difficult passages. Like the Articulation Game, the Rhythm Spinner adds an element of chance to spice up your practicing. For

Temptation Bundling in the Practice Room

What is “temptation bundling” and how can we use it in the practice room? Temptation bundling is when we take something that we’re not excited about doing and pair it

MusicParentsGuide.Com by Mazzocchi

The Music Parents’ Guide Blog, written by Anthony (Tony) Mazzocchi, is an excellent resource. Check out MusicParentsGuide.com for interesting articles about how important music education is in the life and learning

Game for scales- major, minor, and chromatic

Scales can be mindlessly boring… or scales can be tolerable. (If I said playing scales was the most exciting thing in the world, you would know I was lying and you

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

Maybe you’ve heard the joke. “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice.” As a punchline, this is unexpectedly cute. But as a musician, it also strikes me

Music is the Key To Success

Music is the Key To Success, at least according to Joanne Lipman, reporter for the New York Times. She makes an interesting connection between some of the most successful people and

Tiger Mother book review

OK, I’ll admit it: I’m a (Hybrid) Tiger Mother. I will never be a full, genuine Tiger Mother because I’m not Chinese, like Amy Chua who is the author of Battle

Essential For Being Human

Music is essential for being human. Scientists are learning a lot about how music effects the brain, how it changes our cognition (see blog posts Better Brains and Brain Imaging). But

Practice: The journey is the destination.

Practice leads to harmony. This picture hangs beside the door to my music studio. No one can leave without seeing it, including me. The text reads “Never Forget the Pleasure of

Woodshedding: The Articulation Game articulation rubric

“Woodshedding” is musician-speak for practicing, especially when working on difficult passages. Woodshedding is the process of isolating a hard section of the music and practicing it until the technical issues