For Teachers: Creating a Music Teaching Studio Handbook

On the first day of any class in college, you received a syllabus. You remember that, don’t you? It was that document that gave you all the information you needed (or was supposed to) to be successful in that class. Most of the time, you didn’t look at it until … Continue reading

REVIEW: Pitch Switch – Key and Tempo Changing Software (software review)

Full Title: Pitch Switch 4 Developers: Inspyder Software Released: 2011 Platforms: Windows/Mac – Online Download Price: $39.95 Summary: Pitch Switch is a lightweight software program that allows the user to change the key and tempo of any sound media file on your PC or Mac. You can speed up or … Continue reading

For Students: Preparing for College Music Auditions

So you have decided to go to college and study music! Excellent! Hopefully you have done your research and determined which music schools you may want to attend. The next step is the audition. Here are some tips for preparing for college music auditions. Do some research It’s very important … Continue reading

For Teachers: How to Recruit Students for Private Music Lessons

Some of you may have a full studio with a waiting list of students who are desperate to study with you when a slot opens up. But there is probably a large percentage of you who have empty slots in your teaching schedule that you would like to (or need … Continue reading

For Teachers: Marketing Your Music Studio Online

Oh, how the world has changed since I started teaching 25 years ago. Building a studio was a slow and steady process – word of mouth, print advertising, public masterclasses. And while all of those techniques still apply, the internet has changed everything. Your potential students have become smart consumers … Continue reading

For Students: Practice Tips for Developing Artistry in Piano Performance

Practicing is both an art and a science. Every student of piano performance must remember that their achievement on the instrument will be the direct result of the amount of time and the quality of their practicing. The art and science of practicing is not just time spent at the … Continue reading

For Students: Collaborating With an Accompanist

Without a doubt, beyond any single technique a singer might choose to study, one of the most valuable assets a singer has at their disposal is a close working relationship with an excellent accompanist. However, despite the value of an accompanist’s ear and musicality, singers at times forget that they … Continue reading