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Great Start, Hortons Creek! Now, Let’s Keep Our Success Going

October 6th, 2020 · No Comments

Our first week of Hortons Creek Band is complete, and both bands are building a foundation for an excellent year of music-making. Now, our job as parents and teachers is to keep that success going. Here are 3 things you can do this week to support your child’s musical growth: 1. Find a place and [...]

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Delivering a Polished Solo Performance

January 27th, 2020 · No Comments

Greetings, band students, and welcome to our third post designed to help you give an outstanding solo performance on your instrument! Today, we share 6 things to do on the day of your performance to make everything run smoothly. Before the Show: 1. Warm up at home. You never know if a venue will have [...]

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Breathe New Life into Your Practice!

January 16th, 2020 · No Comments

For many young musicians, January can be a tough time to practice. Since we just had a nice, long break, we may feel very lazy, and the cold, gray weather doesn’t help. But January is also a great time to evaluate our practice, and make sure it’s as fun and effective as possible! Try asking [...]

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Preparing for a Successful Solo Performance – Part 2

January 9th, 2020 · No Comments

In our last post, we discussed some ways to get a strong start on preparing pieces for a solo performance. Today, we’ll learn three things every soloist should do as the show gets closer. 1. Work on style. When you’re in the early stages of practicing a solo piece, your focus tends to be on [...]

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Preparing for a Successful Solo Performance – Part 1

January 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

In band, we place most of our focus on learning to play well with a large group. However, performing alone on your instrument can be an exciting and rewarding challenge. Whether you want to prepare a solo to play at your church or temple, for a family gathering, or as part of a band concert, [...]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Musicians…and How to Keep Them!

December 29th, 2019 · No Comments

January is a time when many people create resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or make more money. But as we know, by February, many of these resolutions are already abandoned! As a musician, it may be tempting to resolve to “play better” in the new year. But like the resolutions above, these general musical [...]

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Use It, Don’t Lose It! How to Maintain Your Practice Over the Holidays

December 1st, 2019 · No Comments

The winter holidays can be a great time to kick back and enjoy relaxing with friends and family. However, if we forget to include practice in our holiday plans, it can be all too easy to lose all the musical skills we’ve worked to develop this year in band! Here are four things you can [...]

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Tags: good musicianship · helping your child succeed · practice

An Attitude of Gratitude! – How to Be a Thankful Musician

November 21st, 2019 · No Comments

As growing musicians, we spend much of our time trying to get better at what we do. We’re always striving to break our bad playing habits, learn new things, and become better at our instruments. Although it’s important to focus on making progress, it can be equally important to sit back and truly appreciate where [...]

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I’ve Just Played an Awesome Concert…Now What?

November 21st, 2019 · No Comments

So, you’ve just done an excellent job at your first concert of the year–congratulations! Concerts are the perfect time to show off all your achievements in band, and enjoy the fruits of all the work that you’ve been doing. But, during the days after the concert, many band kids find it tricky to balance the [...]

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