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The ONE Thing that Guarantees a Top...

As much as we’d love to promise ourselves, our students and our audience a perfect performance, it really is impossible thanks to all the great unknowns: The unknown of nerves: they pop up in odd ways like sweaty palms, a shaking leg...

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Five P’s and Ten Tips for Sparkling...

It’s that time of year again. You are probably preparing students for a special holiday recital or gearing them up for festivals and competitions coming in early spring. Along with preparing the piece, it’s important to train...

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Rhythm Lab: Here to Help Video and Giveaway

A huge thank you goes out to Jon Ensminger, developer of one of my all-time favorite apps called Rhythm Lab. He generously carved out time to share a Google Hangout with me. He walked through and explained virtually every part of the app. You...

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How to Boost Creativity with the Power of...

Perhaps you had a startling revelation like I did? Watch the video and see if your story is like mine. Click here if you can’t see it. Take the challenge and take charge My shortcomings were made apparent and a challenge came my way...

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Black Cat Strut: A Cool Improvisation for...

Improvising can be a little scary. It’s even scarier when both hands are required! Here’s an accessible improvisation that offers tasks for both hands. While the left hand stays pretty simple it still sounds black-cat cool. With the...

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Use Fresh Produce to Produce Strong Rhythm...

You must admit, reading from the grand staff is difficult and as you may know it’s not easy to teach either! The process of reading the “map for music” involves many steps including these four: Identification of the pitch...

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The Makings of a Great Website: 7 Things You...

If you are around my age–definitely older than 29 but still feeling 29–you’ve had to make friends with websites, social media platforms, emails, webinars with little or no training. Those younger than our...

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How to Use SproutBeat and a Special Offer

How would answer these questions? Do you want to easily integrate the iPad into your curriculum? Do you despise a paper trail of random worksheets? Do you often run out of ink for your printer? Do you find that theory book assignments are...