For Students: Choosing Repertoire for Competitions

Competitions provide excellent opportunities for students to perform, get feedback and even win something! There are competitions for every level of musician from beginning to professional. The prizes can be a scholarship to study or a performance with a major orchestra or cold hard cash. If you are serious about … Continue reading

For Teachers: The Performing Vocal Teacher – How to Keep Singing with an Active Private Studio

Performing while maintaining a teaching schedule can prove to be a difficult endeavor, given all of the other aspects of our busy lives.  Discovering the best ways to search for auditions, network, and sing will help to maximize time spent away from the teaching studio.  As a performing teacher, you … Continue reading

For Teachers: Should You List Your Studio in a Music Teacher Directory?

If you have done a Google search for “private music lessons”, you may notice that there are several sites out there that list teachers by instrument and geographic area. These online directories allow you to browse through their bios and find the right teacher for your needs. But the question … Continue reading

For Students: Study of Piano Performance Technique

In my last article we discussed how to optimize your practice time. This includes time away from the instrument; listening, watching and analyzing other pianists as well as studying the harmonic structure of the repertoire you are working on. In addition, learning about other arts; architecture, paintings, culture and the … Continue reading

For Students: Surviving Music School…on a Budget

For any student, much less a student of music, life is expensive. For those in a university studying music, there’s tuition, fees, housing, insurance, food, miscellaneous expenses, etc. All of these costs add up quickly and for any student, this can quickly become quite cost prohibitive. To answer this, the … Continue reading