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Chrome Music Lab – Acoustics Sandbox Chrome Music Lab – Acoustics Sandbox

Chrome Music Lab Check out the Chrome Music Lab, a virtual playground for learning about acoustics. https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments Chrome Music Lab – Fun with Acoustics! Click on something – anything – and

Recital Preparation

The Studio Recital for my students is this week and we’ve been talking about recital preparation. Mental preparation in the two weeks leading up to a performance is critical. By this stage, you should

I love Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is my hero. I’ve read nearly every one of Kurt Vonnegut’s books. I love his wry humor and oddball social commentary. So it goes. This Vonnegut quote was

Improvisation Inspiration

Improvisation Inspiration As part of my “file cabinet” method for organizing practice, I encourage everyone to add improvisation to their daily practice. Remember, improvisation can take lots of different forms

Musical Family: Ideas for Simple, Fun Ways to Enjoy Music Together

The Musical Family I want my kids to always love music. At nine and ten years old, they aren’t interested in sitting through an opera at the Met. It’s probably

Priorities: There’s an Exception to Every Rule

Priorities: There’s an Exception to Every Rule In a previous post (Motivation: Parenting and Practicing), I wrote, “If we have to choose between baseball practice and a piano lesson, piano

The Musician’s Brain

The Musician’s Brain Science is confirming the “Mozart Effect” through new advances in brain imaging. When I was a music student (not so very long ago!) nobody knew much about the effect

Concentration Exercises for Musicians

Concentration Exercises for Musicians The prevailing wisdom for many years was that our minds could handle about seven things at once. This was supported by research in 1956 that showed people

Sight Reading Tips

Sight Reading Tips and Three Activities for Improving Eye Tracking I was teaching a lesson with a 9 year-old student this week when I asked her to do some sight

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