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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

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

Rhythmic Vocabulary

Rhythmic Vocabulary

Harmony, melody, rhythm; these are the three fundamental ingredients that make up the music you hear. Whether it be beautifully complex, or downright simple, it all comes down to how the musician uses these ingredients to express his or her musical ideas. Read More Comments

A Simple Way to Learn a Song in Half the Time

A Simple Way to Learn a Song in Half the Time

Most of us learn songs from the internet these days, using a combination of lyrics with chord symbols posted above the words, and YouTube videos of someone teaching the song by breaking down the various sections and demonstrating how to play them on the appropriate instrument. While these may work, here is a more simple way to learn a song in less time! Read More Comments

6 Things to Consider BEFORE You Sit Down to Practice

6 Things to Consider BEFORE You Sit Down to Practice

It's the new year and you've made some resolutions. Maybe one of them was to start learning a new instrument or to play your instrument a bit more. Here are 6 things you should consider before sitting down to practice. Read More Comments

Improvisation for Everyone

Improvisation for Everyone

The dictionary offers us this definition: “Improvisation: to compose or sing without preparation....” This definition is misleading and potentially discouraging. Without preparation? If that’s true then what were iconic improvisers like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins doing during the marathon practice sessions they are known for? Read More Comments

For the Love of Learning

For the Love of Learning

How do you foster success for students who are learning at school, for adults who are going back to an instrument, or any other person who is early in their musical career? Here are a few time tested ideas that can help! Read More Comments

The Benefits of Playing Musical Instruments

The Benefits of Playing Musical Instruments

The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, "Music emits a pleasure that the human race can't do without." If hearing music can be so beneficial to the human race, it follows that playing a musical instrument would be even better. Here are some benefits of playing musical instruments. Read More Comments

The Best Method Book

The Best Method Book

You've just bought or rented your new instrument and you are SO EXCITED to play! You want to find the book that's going to turn you into a rock goddess, or a virtuosic soloist. There are so many books to choose from, but one of them MUST be the best, right? Read More Comments