New Music Season

brain on music 2Summer Vacation has been GREAT!  I hope that everyone has fully enjoyed this special time of the year.  And now – let the new school year begin!

Music lessons will start the third full week of school – the week of September 26th.  All students from last season have been given priority for registration until September 1st. Registration is now open to all.

You may start by going to  REGISTRATION & INFORMATION REQUEST

                               It’s now time to register for the coming year!  

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Tips to Arrive Prepared for a Music Lesson

Mother and Children Waiting for a School Bus --- Image by © Jim Craigmyle/Corbis

It’s that time of year again.  Time to transition form the carefree summer holidays to the new schedule of school.  Mornings are rough in every household.  Sometimes students come to their lessons with it all – every music book needed – as well as their assignment book!  And, other times they arrive wrinkled and with no books.

It’s possible to train your troops to work in tandem for a smooth, synchronized morning. It will definitely help them to have an organized and smooth progress in their studies.

1. Prep the Night Before
The key to morning efficiency is in what you can do ahead of time.

Establish a morning routine for your kids, and encourage them to check their backpacks before bedtime to make sure homework and books are packed – especially music books the night before their lesson day. Perhaps have them put an alarm on the calender of their MP3 player or phone.

2. Reward Consistency + Practice
It’s really tough to get yourself ready while trying to get someone else ready, too. One strategy is to get up a half hour before your kids, but there’s another way: make it into a game!

Announce to your children that whoever’s ready for the school bus gets a sticker on a “morning routine chart.”  Once they’ve reached five stickers, reward them with a small but irresistible prize — like music control in the car for the week!

3. Bundle Books
Prevent the panic of being halfway out the door only to realize you have no idea where all of the books are. Put all essential items in the same spot every time that they are finished. It’s preferable to have a special bag to keep the books in whenever not actively using them.  This keeps them all together and handy for “grab and go” when they were unfortunately forgotten in the previous night’s backpack check.

Hypnosis And Performance Anxiety

Performing before an audience is often a stressful situation for a students. Practicing the performance in the mind with a positive outcome will ease this stressful situation.

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For performers some nervousness is an occupational hazard – it’s just part of the job and to a certain extent it’s a case of “if you don’t like the heat get out of the kitchen.”  For an exciting performance some nervousness is beneficial if it is transformed into energy and excitement, but if it gets out of control it can totally sabotage a performance no matter how talented or well-prepared the singer is.  Conditioning the mind and nervous system is a very important job for any performer (and not just musicians and singers).

Performers need to understand the two systems within the autonomic nervous system of the body – the sympathetic nervous system (the fear, fight or flight mechanism for survival) and the parasympathetic nervous system (the relaxation response).  Both are appropriate in different situations but the trouble with the modern Western lifestyle is that many of us get stuck…

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Technology Thursday: What you need to know about microphones – part 3

Great thoughts for singers to think of when preparing for concerts!

Matthew Edwards

SennMicrophonePart one and part two of this series covered the basic types of microphones singers will encounter and how those microphones respond to the amplitude of the voice. This final post of the series discusses how microphones respond to the frequencies of the voice.
Frequency Response

Frequency response is a term used to define how accurately a microphone captures the audio spectrum of the acoustic signal. A “flat response” microphone captures the acoustic output with little to no alteration of the audio spectrum. Microphones that are not designated as “flat” have some type of attenuation or boost across one or more bands of frequencies within the audio spectrum.

When using a microphone with a polar pattern other than omnidirectional (a pattern that responds to sound equally from all directions), the user may encounter frequency response fluctuations in addition to amplitude fluctuations. Cardioid microphones in particular are known for their tendency to…

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Practice Challenge

Are you ready?  This is the last week of the practice challenge.  Get those hats filled in for every time that you practice to win the challenge.  You’ve still got a week left to add some extra practice time to your total.

Winners will be announced during the Christmas Holiday!  Let’s get on that instrument or listen to lesson book CD’s.  Let’s win!!

 

Music Notation Give Away

 Imagine composing your own music and being able to see the written version.  There are many software programs that will give you the tools to do just that!  Forte Notation is one of those programs that are easy to use.  And they are temporarily having a free Give Way of the basic App.

Usually FORTE Basic is $ 24, but until September 14 you can download it for FREE. No strings attached whatsoever.  Download here– Forte Notation Software and start writing your own scores today!