Performing Arts

Tips to Improve at the Ukulele

Posted on June 7, 2018

When it comes to improving at any instrument, the key is to practice. If you are not putting the proper time into your instrument, you will not improve. In addition to scheduling proper practice time, there are a variety of things you can do to improve at the ukulele. From trimming your fingernails to recording yourself, here are some tips to improve at the ukulele. Tuning Do you ever stop playing because you think your ukulele sounds off? Playing outRead More

Reasons You Should Thank Your Music Teacher

Posted on May 15, 2018

A little appreciation goes a long way. For musicians, the people who offer a little of their time, wisdom, and advice are our music teachers. Whether you are actively taking music lessons or have done so in the part, you can probably point to a teacher who was your main source of inspiration. They taught you so much more than how to read notes on a page. Our music teachers inspire us, they push us to be better, and guideRead More

Why Private Lessons Work

Posted on April 5, 2018

When it comes to choosing extracurricular activities, there are a lot of different directions you can take. From little league to soccer to dance, your child may be interested in a lot of things. If you don’t know where to start, why not try music lessons? You may think the advantages of music lessons only extend to high school marching bands or singing in a choir, but the benefits extend far beyond that. Whether your child is enrolled in bandRead More

Ukulele Vs Guitar: Which One Should I Pick?

Posted on March 14, 2018

Both the ukulele and the guitar are great instruments that share a lot of similarities. However, if you’re looking at a ukulele as a mini-guitar, you are wrong. While both instruments are portable and enjoyable to play, everything from their size and construction, to tuning, to how you play chords is completely different. Knowing one may help you play the other, but the small differences in each need to be addressed for you to be truly proficient. If you’re looking atRead More

The Magic Of Modes

Posted on February 13, 2018

Look beyond your standard major and minor scales. Modes are extremely powerful tools that are often looked over many musicians and songwriters. In fact, many don’t even know what they are. Or they seem intimidated because it sounds like a complex series of codes that only the top music theorists can decipher. In reality, modes are extremely easy to understand and can be used to invoke different emotions and feelings. Modes add a fresh, intriguing, and attention-grabbing to your basicRead More

The Benefits of Learning Piano

Posted on January 9, 2018

The piano is the gateway instrument into the world of music for many students. Showing up in virtually every music style all over the world, this instrument is both powerful and highly versatile. There is a reason this instrument is so popular for students and teachers alike. Here are some of the benefits of learning piano. It’s Easy to Play Unlike a lot of instruments, this instrument is incredibly easy to learn. Countless musicians have started their careers tinkering onRead More

Why Music Lessons Make The Perfect Gift

Posted on December 12, 2017

Still trying to think of the perfect gift for your child? Musical instruments and lessons are popular gifts for the holidays and for a good reason. Music lessons are the gift that keeps on giving.  Lessons are not something that can be thrown into the bottom of the toy chest after a couple of uses. This gift if truly life-changing and will outlast any other trivial gift that is given this holiday season. Still not convinced? Here are some reasons why music lessons makeRead More

Rules for a Healthy Voice

Posted on November 7, 2017

Have you been singing a lot? Some people spend hours at the gym to keep their bodies in shape. The same goes for singers. Every day is spent practicing and perfecting our craft for the next performance. However, just like at the gym, doing too much can cause injury. Singing too much, or without proper technique can have serious physical repercussions that can prevent you from singing more. However, by taking your vocal health into your own hands, there areRead More

What Is A Capo?

Posted on October 4, 2017

One of the most common accessories for guitar, along with tuners, string winders, humidifiers, etc., is the capo. A capo is a device used on the neck of a stringed (typically fretted) instrument to shorten the playable length of the strings. This device allows you to easily change the key of the song while still using standard “open position” chords. By using a capo, these chords can be played in any fret position along the neck of the guitar. What isRead More

What Age Should Children Start Music Lessons?

Posted on September 5, 2017

We’ve all heard stories of famous musical prodigies, from Mozart to Stevie Wonder. Even if your child isn’t performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic at age 11, your family is no doubt exposed to talented children in their neighborhood. From church choir to elementary school band concerts, there is no greater joy to a music teacher than recognizing the origins of lifelong musical passion at a young age. Your child may be able to sing the words to their favorite songRead More