From January, 2016

How Music Helps With Math (In Layman’s Terms)

Do a Google search on “How Music Helps With Math” and you will surely see multiple pages with links to articles by serious Science journals as well as music teachers like me. So I know it isn’t news to you that music lessons help strengthen Math skills. But here’s the thing: I feel like every time…

4 Piano Albums That Will Inspire You To Practice

  Bill Evans: Portrait In Jazz   I LOVE Bill Evans. His technique is what gets to me. His approach to the piano is so careful and controlled. He’s mellow. There’s feeling in his music. Yet he creates a vibe that reminds me of someone who always knows the right thing to say, but pauses…

Do You Have Piano Anxiety?

In high school, my Math grades were the WORST. I could barely pass my classes. I can’t explain why, but for some reason I panicked every time I had to do my Math homework. Of course, that didn’t help things. If someone tried to help me understand something I couldn’t really listen. It was like they…

How To Play Ziggy Stardust By David Bowie

It’s hard to say goodbye to a legend. You feel sad because you wonder what else they could have given the world with a little more time. When someone passes, it gives you a chance to think of all they contributed to your life, even if you didn’t know them personally.   When I got…

How To Play Arpeggios With Elvis Presley

Bit of trivia for you: Did you know that the melody from “Love Me Tender” is actually a really old folk song called “Aura Lee”? True story.   So, do you guys know what “arpeggios” are? You don’t? OMG I am about to rock your world. Arpeggios are awesome. They are so easy to play…

How Important Is Note Reading?

I remember a (very talented) student defiantly saying to me “Paul McCartney can’t read music, so why should I?”  The first thing I thought is, “Is that true?” Then I realized it doesn’t matter. Because Paul McCartney is a freakin’ genius and he understands Music Theory whether he can read music or not. And that’s…

All About That Bass (Clef)

  Ask anyone which clef they feel more confident reading and I’ll bet money everyone says Treble! Ok, if you once played Tuba or Cello or Trombone, etc. you are the exception… but everyone else– you know what I’m talking about.   I don’t really know why the left hand part is so difficult to…