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Entries in music education (17)

Monday
Apr152019

7 Scientific Studies Prove Exercise Makes You A Better Musician

What does it take to become a successful musician?

Some say it’s hard work. Others suggest it is in the DNA. However, inborn talent can only take you so far. The success in the music industry is not different from the successes in any other field. You need to have some passion, loads of dedication, andright attitude. But there’s something that comes before everything else.

A study by Help Musicians UK revealed that musicians are three times more likely to suffer from mental illness. Self-doubts, and stress resulting from the rejections, the failures, and the incredibly high-pressure take its toll on your mind and body. It is incredibly important to take care of your mental and physical health because you cannot have a long and fulfilling career with poor health. 

Here are a few reasons why exercise will make you a better musician:

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Friday
Apr122019

Recent Advancements In Music Technology

It’s hard to even process the fact that, just over a century ago, the average person had no easy way to access music on a regular basis, apart from attending live performances. Over the course of the 20th century, the musical world improved by leaps and bounds thanks to the popularization of things like radio, television, and personal music players.

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Thursday
Apr042019

The Way Music Influences Student’s Mental Activity

Music is an integral part of most people. The research proves that students make 85 percent of all humans who listen to music more than two hours daily. It helps people relax, distract from problems, and even create the imaginary world full of positive emotions. Some individuals prefer creating music for listening. This activity reveals feelings and provides an aggression outlet.

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Wednesday
Jan092019

Is Music A Good Career Choice For Me/My Child? 

Should my child become a professional musician?   This is the question I get most often from conscientious dads/moms who want to make sure their child chooses a field that will enable them to have stable income and employment.   

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Sunday
Aug192018

More Than An Elective: Why Music Education Is Essential 

With budget cuts, a changing curriculum and myriad other factors playing into the modern school day, it may come as no surprise that courses in music, art, vocational trades and more are often on the chopping block, considered as electives that are not paramount to student success.

As musicians and music lovers ourselves, we understand this to be fundamentally wrong. Rather, music education extends outside of the classroom and can positively affect lives long after the school bell rings and it’s time for dismissal. Even if your child isn’t the next Sting or has zero interest in pursuing music as a hobby or career, there are reasons why attendance in these courses should be required, considered just as vital to a well-rounded education as math, science or reading. Let’s take a look at a few top reasons why.

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Sunday
Jul152018

How To Read Piano Notes And Keys - Visual Teaching Material For Piano Teachers

Sight reading plays a huge role in instrument learning, not just piano. 

And yes, most beginners hesitate and neglect in sight reading because it requires left brain functions: memorizing stuff and thinking logically.

That’s why I created a visual guide on how to read piano notes and keys. With friendly illustrations, it would help students acquire the information much faster, easier.

Below is the summary infographic for the guide. You can click here to learn more about the original guide with two different approaches to learn the pitch names: Left-brained and right-brained.

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Thursday
Jul122018

Is Formal Education Important For Musicians

The issue of whether musicians should pursue formal education or remain self-taught is causing heated debate in recent days. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, therefore, as a musician, do not be pushed by what people are saying. It’s important that you do your due diligence, weigh the pros and cons of going to college then make your decision yourself.

According to some self-taught individuals in the music industry who range from singers to guitarists and producers, being self-taught gives you the opportunity to be adventurous and therefore, more creative. They are not limited by any guidelines unlike those that went to college. In music schools, people are taught the same things which just gets them set on the same ground and mostly tend to release the same kind of music. That sounds boring, doesn’t it? There is hope though, since the making of music does not only depend on one factor and formal education might be more helpful than you thought.

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Thursday
May242018

Making Sense Of A Song By Richard Strauss Via Botany

Guest post by Erica Ann Sipes. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Yes, you read that correctly. In the course of this one blog post, I am going to attempt to use a brief study in botany to unravel an issue I am having in the accompaniment to a song by Richard Strauss.

Ready?

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Tuesday
May012018

Why Everyone Should Try An Instrument At Least Once

But I kept that old bass guitar and every once in a while, I get it out of its case. I strum my fingers across its strings and our two children cover their ears in mortification. I’ll never regret my time spent dabbling in music, primarily for what it taught me about my family, myself, and the real world.

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Master The Fundamentals Of Mixing With Top Sound Engineers

The Soundfly team is really excited to announce the arrival of our most ambitious course to date: Faders Up: Modern Mix Techniques. This course features interviews with nine of the top sound engineers working today, teaching the ins and outs of creating top-quality DIY mixes of your music — engineers who’ve worked with the likes of Beyoncé, D’Angelo, Solange, Sia, Mark Ronson, the New York Philharmonic, the Dirty Projectors, and tons more!

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Tuesday
Nov212017

How After-School Music Programs Help Keep Kids Out Of Trouble

Quality afterschool programs, particularly music programs, are on the rise. Parents and teachers who traditionally thought that academics was the most essential part of a school program now appreciate that learners need to develop emotionally and socially, just in the same way they grow academically. Different credible studies have shown that when school-going kids take part in singing or dancing after school, their chances of landing in trouble are significantly reduced. On top of that, the kids can develop positive attitudes towards academics, and as a consequence of it, their school performance relatively goes up.

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Monday
Aug212017

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide To Guitar Terms 

There are a slew of guitar terms to learn when you’re just beginning. If you want to be a successful player you need to learn chords and strumming techniques but also terminology. This is a complete list of guitar terms to get you started!

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Friday
Aug042017

The Definitive Guide To How Much Practice Is The Right Amount

 The music world lives by the phrase “practice makes perfect,” but what makes the perfect amount of practice?

The path to musical expertise is a bumpy one, and practice is hailed as the golden ticket to success. When you’re aspiring to become an expert musician, it’s easy to feel like Goldilocks, struggling to find the sweet spot for your practice routine.

Malcolm Gladwell popularized the “10,000-hour rule,” based on Dr. K. Anders Ericsson’s research on expert performance, asserting that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master any skill.

This claim is famous, but is it accurate? How do you define too little practice? Is there such a thing as too much practice?

Read on for how researchers, musicians, and even doctors respond to these questions.

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Monday
Jul312017

5 False Claims About The Music Industry That Hurt Your Music Career

Want to grow a successful career in music much more quickly? Don’t accept these false claims about the music business:

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