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On Writing Songs and Making Music

Check out this chart on Writing Myths. Substitute the word “song” for the word “myth” and use this for a songwriting challenge with yourself or your musical friends. It’s great to have ideas to spark your creativity~ are you up … Continue reading

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Love Your Art, Follow Your Heart

Make your music and be the voice you were born to be. Copy and imitate to learn but keep yourself open and fluid so your own style can emerge. The butterfly awaits! Doing what you love makes life more enriching … Continue reading

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Practicing Piano Improves The Symmetry Of Your Brain

“Keyboard players have a more mirrored use of both hands and fingers when playing,” Iballa Burunat, the lead author of the study, told New Scientist. “Therefore, they are more likely to have synaptic symmetry than those playing stringed instruments.” Very … Continue reading

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Why is Sheet Music Still Necessary in Music Education? Part 2

This was a follow-up to my first Huffington Post piece on music education. I am not against sheet music but I feel that one should have a complete understanding of the basics of triadic music (music made of chords) without it involved. … Continue reading

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Why is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?

I recently posted a piece on The Huffington Post entitled “Why Is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?” and it caused quite an uproar from the Conservatory Crowd, who I wasn’t even referring to. The idea that I … Continue reading

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Music as Medicine

Music as medicine~ imagine that! Anyone who loves music knows the healing power of the right song at the right time~ interesting that research is showing a measurable effect on the human body that helps with pain management. Hope all hospitals … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Simplicity at the Heart of Music

There is always more to learn about music but I find that strangely enough, the more you learn, the less there is. What’s limitless is what you can do with it once you learn/use it like the language it is. Interested … Continue reading

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Plato on the Importance of Music and the Keys to Learning

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” – Plato Patterns. Shapes. The geometric simplicity of the chord matrix on the piano is … Continue reading

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The Art of Becoming a Musician: Listening Beyond Your Comfort Zone

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” – Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82 While I imagine … Continue reading

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The Latest Key of One video at Keyboard Magazine

Keyboard Magazine has graciously hosted my latest Key of One educational video “Five Things You Need To Know Before You Take Piano Lessons” ~ if you or anyone you know is thinking about taking piano lessons (or has already started) check this … Continue reading

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