What is a Masterclass?

What is a Masterclass?

Masterclasses are collaborative learning events, where singers, pianists, and guitarists get the opportunity to perform for one another and receive coaching in real-time in front of an audience of their peers. If that sounds terrifying to you, worry not! The true beauty of Masterclasses is that– even if you’re not ready to be in the hot seat– the entire community learns and experiences growth together. Perhaps it’s most obvious how the performer grows; they have the experience of putting their skills on display, realizing what works or doesn’t work in front of a live audience, and maybe even what unexpected...

Technology for Learning

Technology for Learning

In a world where so many of us work online and play online, why wouldn’t we also learn online? Harnessing the power of the internet to connect with musicians across the globe helps us to serve students in areas which may not have traditionally had access to the quality of music education we can provide, and digital learning tools help to make the experience just as good– if not better!– as meeting face-to-face. Here are some of our favorite perks available while learning music online: So Convenient. By learning from the comfort of home, you’ll never lose lesson time to...

Optimizing Audio for Zoom Lessons

Optimizing Audio for Zoom Lessons

We love Zoom! Through the marvels of modern technology, we can get together from across the globe to make music. To help minimize any disruptions or distortions to your sound quality as it zooms through the ethernet, please review your Zoom audio settings based on these tips: Check for Updates Login to Zoom on your device Make sure you’re running the most recent version of Zoom; Update as necessary. Ensure Best Possible Connection Plan to take your lesson as close to your Internet Router as possible; if available, plug directly in with an ethernet cable. Wear wired headphones (wireless/bluetooth headphones...

Warming Up

Warming Up

Because the anatomy of our voices is effectively invisible to us, it can be easy to dismiss as some mysterious thing that just sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Of course, the reality of keeping your singing voice in optimal shape is that caring for the vocal apparatus, and even training the tiny muscles associated with this use, is essential to vocal reliability and longevity. Just like with exercising any other part of your body, spending a few minutes on simple activities to prime the muscles can greatly influence your success, satisfaction, and safety while singing. Did you know that ‘warming...

Finding Motivation

Finding Motivation

Every musician, particularly beginners, can sometimes find it hard to practice, and will often ask themselves questions such as “Can I find the time?” “Is it worth the time?” or “Will it really help me improve?” As an accomplished musician who’s struggled through those numerous questions, I’m here to tell you that the answer to all of these is “yes.” From the earliest days of learning your instrument, Practicing should be implemented into your routine like house work or homework. It seems like a hassle at first, but once you knock it out, the results are so satisfying! A very...

Emotional Baggage

Emotional Baggage

As singers, we are both musicians and actors. We have a responsibility both to the music itself, and also to the lyrics and emotional truth of the story each song sets out to tell. While singers are generally expressive people naturally, putting your feelings on display can be challenging. Whether you’re feeling guarded and unable to connect with the emotional content of the piece you plan to perform, or whether you’re too connected to the emotional messaging and struggle to stay in control and present it musically in the way you want to, emotions absolutely have the power to make...

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