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It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you have been playing music—it can always be a challenge to sit down and practice your instrument on a regular basis. But have no fear… our SMT teachers are here! As a means of helping our beloved music students stay motivated, we asked our teachers to share their top tips for how to practice on a regular basis and make the most of your music time. Over the course of the last month, we have published two collections of practice tips (here are the links to our first and second collection)—so now without any further ado, here is our third and final anthology of teacher tips! To Start Us Off,...
  • February 17, 2021
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It doesn’t matter if you just started taking lessons or if you’re a longtime instrumentalist—it can be difficult to sit down in front of your instrument for practice on a regular basis. Believe it or not, music teachers experience the same problem. That’s why we reached out to our SMT teachers and asked for their top tips on how you can use your time efficiently, how to stay motivated, and how to get yourself to practice regularly. We published the first collection of teacher practice tips last month—so now, get ready for part two! Short and Simple: Here are 3 Basic Practice Tips From Marta Samuel (violin/fiddle, viola, piano) 1. Practice consistently and focus on the basics. 2. Do a...
  • February 11, 2021
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With so many hundreds of guitar method books being pushed on the beginning musician, it can be difficult to figure out which ones to use. Over the years, I myself have worked through a number of different theory books with my students—and I have found that they are not all created equally. Most method books are pretty good in terms of content, but even though they may contain a lot of the same information, they all offer something different. While it is important to consider a student’s individual goals, age, and experience when selecting a book, I have found that these are some of my all-time favorite method books for guitar: 1) The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is a classic...
  • February 2, 2021
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What, exactly, is arranging? How is it different from composing and production? And why should songwriters care about it? In short, it is your secret weapon for making songs more powerful. You don’t have to be a veteran songwriter with a library of original material under your belt to write your own arrangements, either—you just need the motivation to get creative with your music. Want to get started? Well, SMT teacher and composer Ethan Foote will be teaching a weekly “Arranging for Songwriters” workshop on Wednesdays from February 17th to March 10th. In the upcoming workshop, Ethan will give you the tools you need to enhance your music and songwriting through the process of arranging. In addition to exploring your...
  • February 1, 2021
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It doesn’t matter if you just started taking lessons or if you are a longtime instrumentalist—it can be difficult to sit down in front of your instrument for practice on a regular basis. Believe it or not, music teachers experience the same problem. That’s why we reached out to our SMT teachers and asked them to give us their top tips on how you can use your time efficiently, how to stay motivated, and how to get yourself to practice regularly. Let’s Start Small: Here Are Three Short and Simple Practice Tips From Carol Anne Bosco (cello and piano) When in doubt, sing it out. No matter what instrument you play, singing the rep helps your ability to listen and...
  • January 21, 2021
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