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Looking for some nutrition tips for the day of a big performance? Well, I was having lunch with three music teachers (instrumental and vocal) the other day, and I took the opportunity to bombard them with questions for you. As you can probably guess, they all had their pet peeves. It was a rapid-fire discussion […]

  So, your middle schooler came home with an application to audition for an honors band. Now you’re wondering if she’s really ready for the stress of an audition. ‘Tis the season… As we approach the mid-point of the school year, countless young musicians face a barrage of musical opportunities as regional and state honors […]


It happens more than you think. One California high school reported that $30,000 worth of instruments have been stolen this school year alone. The high price that some instruments fetch on the black market is just one reason cited for the rise in instrument thefts. According to a December 2011 Los Angeles Times article, an […]

Sometime during the first full week of school, our local high school holds seating auditions for their ensembles. These auditions are held in the band room before homeroom and if you listen closely, you can hear the director repeating for the umpteenth time, “It’s really not a big deal.” Schools lucky enough to maintain a […]

MENC (one of the world’s largest arts education organizations) today announced its official name change to The National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In a release posted on their website, Michael A. Butera, executive director, points out that the new name better defines them as an organization for music education for everyone in our nation, […]

Looking for your child’s first music teacher? You may not have to look any further than the face staring back at you in the mirror. Really. The best way to set your child up musically (and academically), is to expose them to music as early as possible and encourage them to explore it on their […]

I’m just getting caught up with work email that came in over the holiday weekend. The last email included a survey pertaining to a recent concert we attended. I want to share some of it with you: Q. How likely are you to recommend us to your friends? A. Extremely likely. And here’s why: Summertime […]

Whenever you go to a new doctor, one of the first things they do before ever laying a hand on you, is to take a complete medical history. They want to know about any current problems you are having. They will ask about your overall health; any previous health concerns; and most importantly, how they […]

How would you describe the effectiveness of your school’s music program? Defeated budgets and changes in state pension plans are wreaking havoc with the funding and staffing of many school music programs. Chances are, your view of the effectiveness and goals of the music department aren’t being reflected in the district’s financial and logistic support. […]

So, for some strange reason, you think it’s ok to skip practice… Maybe you’re sick.  Forgot you instrument? Your music? Well think again, and take an honest look at  the obstacle standing between you and a productive practice session. First, decide what you can do to avoid this situation in the future, then grab your metronome […]