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The Benefits of Being a Weekend Warrior

The Benefits of Being a Weekend Warrior

Everyone can benefit from discovering a new instrument. Whether it’s wanting to follow along with as your child learns, or maybe you have a group of friends who love to make music together, there’s always a way you can let music enrich your life. Read More Comments

Classical to Country: The Polish Man in Black

Classical to Country: The Polish Man in Black

Dan is a classically trained singer who often wanders the halls singing Beatles songs and has spent his share of time rocking out. Recently we heard that Julian was commuting to Poland to sing in various venues and were curious about the connection. 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

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

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

Musical Motivation: 4 Reasons to Stop Making Excuses and Just Do It!

Musical Motivation: 4 Reasons to Stop Making Excuses and Just Do It!

We live in a society where we are constantly bombarded by distractions that are all competing for our attention. Case in point: you are reading this article right this very minute instead of engaging in any number of alternative tasks (the author thanks you kindly for your attention!) Read More Comments

Recitals: A Little Something for Everyone

Recitals: A Little Something for Everyone

When you think “Lesson Centre Recital” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many, it’s the image of a fun performance opportunity for really young children. While recitals are a great opportunity for youth to foster confidence in a safe, supportive space, it’s worth considering that there are actually benefits for students of all ages and backgrounds. Read More Comments

Long & McQuade as an Invaluable Networking Tool

Long & McQuade as an Invaluable Networking Tool

Regardless of your skill set or level of involvement within the music industry, one thing is inevitable if you are a musician in Canada: you have likely crossed paths with Long & McQuade Musical Instruments at one time or another. The following is a list of suggestions of how you might effectively network through Long & McQuade. Read More Comments