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Music Education Brain Research

Music Education and Brain Research Music education in the public schools has been under attack for decades.  Although parents and teachers have advocated for more and better music programs, having

Reinvigorating Flute Practice

“Goodie Bags” for Reinvigorating Flute Practice As musicians, there are times when we know we need some help reinvigorating our flute practice.  We might feel like we’re spinning our wheels and

Five Things All Marching Band Flutists Should Know

Just in time for marching band season, I present you with these pearls of wisdom. I have played in and coached marching bands for many years. The flute is a

Chrome Music Lab – Acoustics Sandbox acoustics

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