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 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

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 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