Violin

A Violinist who can do it all: An interview with our teaching artist Allie P.


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What advice would you give to parents who are considering getting violin lessons for their children?

– Find a teacher that is not only a good player but is a very good educator. To be able to teach well is a skill. A good teacher will also have knowledge in finding instruments, instrument accessories, violin books per specific level, and know how to inspire their students.

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Instruments - Lessons

4 Reasons Why Your Child Should Take Music Lessons

Between baseball, soccer, gymnastics and cell phones, our children’s schedules are packed with fun activities. If you were on the fence about adding music lessons into the weekly grind, here are a few reasons why music lessons might be an important activity for your child to be involved in.

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Types of Vocal Timbre
Perfomance - Voice

Types of Vocal Timbre: How Adjusting Your Voice Can Completely Change It’s Quality and Sound

Most seasoned singers know that warming up is one of the most important tools to keep a voice healthy and maintain your tone. Vocal Timbre, or as it is described as the quality of that tone utilizing complex overtones, or sound waves, is that unique “something” that gives color and personality to your voice, and how it is recognized.

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Girl Receiving singing lessons in NYC
Lessons - Voice

Think you can’t sing? I disagree.

Think you can’t sing? I disagree.

If you struggle to carry a tune, chances are you aren’t tone deaf, but that some part of your voice is just a bit out of whack. Your voice is an incredibly complex system that requires all its parts to be in balance to function smoothly.

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Improvisation - Violin

Here’s why every music student should learn to improvise!

So you thought improvisation is only for Jazz musicians? Think again.
When talking about improvisation in music, the styles that are most likely to pop in people’s minds would be Jazz, Blues and occasionally Rock n’ roll or Bluegrass. As a matter of fact, most people who grew up on western music and pop culture are somewhat oblivious to the fact that musical improvisation is based in the foundation of almost every musical tradition around the world, Classical European music included.

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Voice
Lessons - Voice

5 OTHER things you will discover from your voice lesson…

While there are many reasons to start voice lessons, a stronger instrument isn’t the only thing you’ll leave the room with every week. At any age, the added benefits of developing your singing instrument are numerous, but I’ll start you with 5 things you will also be learning while attending your voice lessons. 

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guitar - Jazz - Lessons

Top 5 Jazz Standards for Beginner Guitar Players

Top 5 Jazz Standards for Beginners

Learning jazz can be a daunting task. With literally hundreds of iconic recordings of hundreds of different jazz standards it can often feel overwhelming to decide where to begin. But have no fear! We’ve compiled a short list of jazz standards that are commonly performed by jazz musicians and great for jazz beginners:

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The 5 First & Easiest Songs You Should Learn on Piano
Lessons - Piano

The 5 First & Easiest Songs You Should Learn on Piano


Whether it’s for enjoyment or a career choice, playing the piano can be very rewarding — not just for you — but for your audience as well– if you’re good, that is.

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How To Decide What Song To Learn Next
Inspiration - Lessons

How To Decide What Song To Learn Next

When my students are trying to decide which song to learn next, I offer as much guidance as possible. However, I know that this can be an overwhelming decision that’s ultimately up to the students. No matter what instrument you’re playing, the same considerations need to be made when choosing a new song.

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5 Ways Playing A Musical Instrument Can Benefit Your Health
Inspiration - Instruments - Lessons - Perfomance - Piano

5 Ways Playing A Musical Instrument Can Benefit Your Health

 

Besides being fun, learning and playing a musical instrument can have many positive effects on your health and mental wellness. Research shows that these benefits can occur at any age and come from playing any instrument. Keep reading to see why people are playing instruments to improve their general health.

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