Give The Gift Of Music For The Holidays

Give The Gift Of Music For The Holidays

During the holiday season, everyone is encouraged to live the old adage of giving rather than receiving. For musicians and performers, sharing their talents is a great way to spread cheer and give back to the community and those who need it. No matter your background, there are multiple ways to volunteer your time and talents. Aside from being able to cheer people up and feel personal fulfilment, you’ll be getting a lot of welcome practice that will benefit you as a performer. Entertaining Those In Need Many establishments in Washington, DC, openly welcome entertainment from the public during the...

How To Practice For Performance

How To Practice For Performance

For a well-rounded performance, don’t neglect the importance of expression, body language and stage presence. Find out some helpful tips that will improve your interpretation of pieces, projecting confidence, how you interact with the audience and so much more: Introducing Yourself & Audience Interaction One crucial step that many performers forget to prioritize is a good introduction. It’s essential that the audience is visually engaged from the very moment you step on stage. Before you begin your piece, smile and establish eye contact with other smiling faces you see in the crowd. Introduce yourself using a relaxed and warm voice....

Deliberate Practice for Musicians

Deliberate Practice: A Primer For Musicians

Everyone agrees that learning any skill or gaining expertise requires as much practice as you can possibly get. However, research has shown that it’s not just the frequency of practice that matters, but the quality of practice as well. This same study by K. Ericsson, a psychologist from Florida State University, has led to the strong belief that an expert performance is mainly due to expert practice and not “natural talent.” This view is called Deliberate Practice and it is steadily gaining fans of all ages and skill levels. What is Deliberate Practice? If you’ve ever felt discouraged because you felt that you’re...

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2015 Summer Showcase

The highlight of our summer is always these fun events at Busboys and Poets and the Strathmore Mansion. We love to see our students’ hard work pay off with these thrilling performances… And performing in these great venues isn’t bad either! Our showcases feature students of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience: some students are pre-professionals honing their skills while others are performing in public for the very first time. This always keeps the show interesting and exciting! If you haven’t performed with us yet, will we see you make your debut next time? Save the Date! Thursday, December 17th...

What Are Your Back-To-School Music Class Must-Haves?

What Are Your Back-To-School Music Class Must-Haves?

As you’re shopping for supplies to get ready for the brand new school year, it’s important to consider what you or your child need to be ready for music programs. There’s no denying that there are countless benefits of having music classes in our schools so make the most of this opportunity! Missing equipment or incomplete supplies can frazzle any musician, so being prepared is a must! When a music student arrives to class with everything she needs, it lends a certain focus and confidence that will keep her zeroed in on the lessons at hand. What’s on your list of necessities for music...

benefits of music education

The Many Benefits of Music Education for Children

Popular opinion states that there are several benefits to music education, but is there truth to that statement? Several studies have been done to prove the link between learning music and increased brain activity. While we generally think that the act of learning how to play an instrument or sing well is beneficial for children, it provides more perks than you expect. One study has shown that children who received a minimum of three years of music training outperformed their peers and showed enhanced verbal ability and non-verbal reasoning skills. This involves analyzing and comprehending visual data, such as understanding...

Why It's Never Too Late To Take Music Classes

Why It’s Never Too Late To Take Music Classes

When it comes to making beautiful music, there’s never a time when “I’m too late to learn” applies. As time passes, more and more doctors, experts, and health professionals are actively advising older clients to keep their brains in tip-top shape by taking music classes in the instrument of their choice. This not only helps them maintain coordination, but it also encourages a sense of purpose and stability. Some have even likened the experience to a practice such as yoga or meditation, due to the way it enhances their sense of balance. This is a result of harnessing the power of...

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Summer Showcase 2014

 Thursday, June 19th, 2014 Busboys and Poets, at 14th & V Sts. NW What a fabulous success! It’s so rewarding to us, your teachers, to watch each of you surprise yourselves with what you can do every six months in our recitals. It certainly seems that you all have as much fun with it as we do, so even though performing is challenging (and a little bit terrifying), keep striving, Students! From overcoming fears to conquering difficult music to finally learning to relax and be expressive on stage, this summer’s performance is no exception: there’s so much to be proud...

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