As our Spring/Summer recital approaches, we wanted to make sure that everyone knew that it was not only okay but encouraged to bring friends and family to the event.
I'm excited to announce that the practice tracks for my books are now available for purchase so students can use them with any device capable of playing mp3's.
Each song in the book has an accompanying slow, medium, fast and pro practice track. The pro version is just the background instruments without the main melody so students can practice playing with a band (without help from another melody player).
Over the years we've been lucky enough to see some top-flight students come through CMA. Several of them started with us when they were really young and continued until they left for college.
Parents and adult students are concerned at times about missing out on lessons they're not going to be able to make. Folks can feel like they are losing out on the financial end of the spectrum or the educational side of things.
For many parents interested in starting their child in music lessons, choosing which instrument to play can be filled with uncertainty. It is a big investment of time, energy and money for the family. It also comes with a great responsibility since the lessons and instrument will affect their musical experiences as players and listeners for a long time.
Recitals and performances can have a lot of baggage attached to them.
One of the most common questions we get as teachers is, "How much should I (or my child) practice?" This seemingly benign question can actually be pretty charged and stir up a lot of emotions.
"The first step I took was to ditch all sheet music. I found the arrangements to be so flat compared to the original recordings, I couldn’t blame the kids for not being inspired to see the process through. I’ve had a rule for over ten years in the studio – pop music is great, but we learn it directly from the source… The recording."
"Perhaps we should simply change our ways instead of assuming things will get better with time for females in music…
There was a kid I met at jazz camp while in high school. He told me about a workshop he attended by a legendary jazz-trumpet player. At some point a woman stood up and asked a question about improvising. The clinician’s answer was simply, “Chicks can’t play jazz.”