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Music improvisation tips for teachers and pupils

One of the most important aspects in teaching improvisation is to create a situation where the pupil feels safe from negativity. They have to feel that errors are part of the learning process. This in turn, will build confidence and trust – the most important aspect in a teacher-pupil relationship. […]

MUSIC BUSINESS FAME & OPPORTUNITY – HOW TO GET STARTED

This is not a precise “how to get into the music industry” manual. Anyone who knows anything about the music business knows the difficulties when trying to ‘make it big’ and the pitfalls if you are lucky enough to get there. What this article does it give pointers as to […]

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List of musical dynamics, articulations and their meanings

Dynamics and articulation are about how each note is played. Without incorporating these into your playing, music will sound ‘one-dimensional’. Below is a list of what you must know to take your performances to the next level. Dynamics Dynamics are indicators of the relative intensity or volume of a musical […]

The Benefits of Music Instruction in Schools

     Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  By Marcela De Vivo Art and music are usually the first programs to be cut from the school budget. Considered to not be an integral part of learning skills and information that would be useful in the future (on the job, out in […]

Music Aural lesson: Ear training tips for note recognition (with audio)

By Ugo Onwutalu Firstly this lesson includes audio which requires Quicktime installed. It can be downloaded here. Also, use the virtual piano if you’re not able to get to one at home: if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘4190c399-fbd3-4146-af29-a0767493d78d’);Get the Computer Keyboard Piano widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing […]

Does music make you smarter? What the science says about learning/playing an instrument (Mozart Effect and all)

By Ugo Onwutalu It has often been said in various promotional material, media and popular culture that learning a musical instrument and listening to music has numerous benefits amongst which are the increase in memory, learning capacity, overall intelligence and emotional well-being. This reminds me of the Mozart Effect  popularised years ago as […]

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Spice up your Piano Practice – for busy adults

Most adults going who return to learning piano after nearly a lifetime way, will most likely be studying on their own. You probably know how to read music and have taken years of lessons in classical piano with various teachers (some you liked, others you hated) in the past. Here […]