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Are Exams Right for My Child?

Are Exams Right for My Child?

You’ve had your child in music lessons for a little while now and everything seems to be going well. They seem to be more confident while perched on the piano bench, they know that Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and they practice every day (well, most days). Even their teacher agrees that things are progressing positively and they make a suggestion to you one day: “Have you considered having your child complete their RCM or Conservatory Canada exams?” Read More Comments

50 Countries!

50 Countries!

People from 50 countries have given us unsolicited compliments about one of our recordings.  They range from the "thumbs up" or "heart" icon, from places where little English is spoken, to "awesome” and "How come I haven't heard of you?"  Read More Comments

Reeds, Reeds, Reeds!

Reeds, Reeds, Reeds!

Have you ever had one of those “bad reed days”? The days where every reed you try just seems to sound awful? Or you’ve just opened a new pack and it seems like each reed is too stiff and your tone is suffering because of this? You are not alone. Read More Comments

Top 10 Reasons for Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

Top 10 Reasons for Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

Here are our top 10 reasons why you should start learning to play a musical instrument. Read More Comments

The Benefits of Music Lessons Later in Life

The Benefits of Music Lessons Later in Life

Like many people, I took music lessons in school.  Several years of clarinet, a few years of singing. I enjoyed it but my talent level determined that it certainly wasn’t going to be a career for me.  Once university began, music became something that I enjoyed listening to or singing along with in the car. Read More Comments

Cause and Effect – Building a Pedalboard

Cause and Effect – Building a Pedalboard

When it comes to guitar players, gear placement is a topic that pops up on a regular basis.  Whether it’s finding that sweet spot when miking a speaker cabinet, having that amp at the right angle so it projects well, or daisy-chaining effect pedals and rack gear to mold your tone of choice, placement is paramount. Read More Comments

How to Overcome Stage Fright - For Musicians

How to Overcome Stage Fright - For Musicians

Many of my music students and fellow musicians ask me, “How do I get over stage fright?” I am a professional musician, and at times I still experience stage fright.  Here are some ideas and strategies which I have used in order to perform to my best ability, despite that primal and familiar fear of stage fright.... Read More Comments

Tim Hicks: Rebel With Applause

Tim Hicks: Rebel With Applause

Stomping Grounds There's something to be said for old stomping grounds. The Golden Horseshoe cities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, Ontario may not be known for their cattle farms or rodeos –... Read More Comments

Tip Toe Through the Tulips: A Ukulele Primer by Ian James

Tip Toe Through the Tulips: A Ukulele Primer by Ian James

The popularity of musical genres, and the instruments needed to perform them, tends to go in waves. But if there is one wave of popularity that musicians have been riding for the last 5 years and more, it’s the one coming out of Hawaii. Read More Comments

Five Ways to Diversify Your Musical Experience

Five Ways to Diversify Your Musical Experience

"I'm not getting any worse, but I'm definitely not getting any better...” "I'm bored"..."I don't feel like picking up my instrument...” Sound familiar? Here are a few different trick for avoiding a musical dry spell. Read More Comments

The Language of Music – Why Music Theory is Fun

The Language of Music – Why Music Theory is Fun

If you learn to ‘speak’ music theory it lets you talk about music without having to say: “remember that bit there that went da, da, da, dum?” It lets you define the particular bit of music you are talking about and the specific component of that music.   Read More Comments

What to do when your child doesn’t want to play in the recital

What to do when your child doesn’t want to play in the recital

After shelling out big bucks and a significant amount of time, your child adamantly decides that they do not want to play in the recital.  Sound like your house?  Don’t worry; this happens to most children at some point. Read More Comments