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Music Student Learning

Upgrade Your Sound for the Ride of Your Life

By Dr. David W. Vandewalker For most of my childhood I had two passions: music and bikes. I would wake up excited to go to school because I enjoyed hanging out with my friends. I would jump on my bike riding to my friend’s house; together we would zoom off to school. It was always […]

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Leading with Care

Leading with C.A.R.E.

By Dr. David W. Vandewalker The ever-increasing demands on students and teachers seems to be at an all-time high. While we are thankful that the most extreme difficulties of the pandemic are behind us, it is becoming evident that the impact of the recent challenges are large and will continue to have a significant effect […]

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Lindsey Stirling Interview

The Rhythmic Realm of Lindsey Stirling: An Exclusive Interview

The Unyielding Spirit of Lindsey Stirling In the realm of music and performance, few artists captivate audiences quite like Lindsey Stirling. From her electrifying violin performances to her intricate dance routines, Stirling is a symphony of talent, merging classical with contemporary in a blaze of dynamic showmanship. With multiple chart—topping albums, a fanbase that stretches […]

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music craftsmanship

Craftsmanship in Music: An Ode to the Makers of Instruments

Celebrating the Artisans Behind the Music In a world full of digital tunes, auto-tuned voices, and virtual instruments, there exists a number of artisans that remain unwaveringly true to tradition. These are the craftspeople who pour their soul into making musical instruments—the very backbone of the symphonies, melodies, and harmonies we cherish. When we listen […]

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Brass Instruments

Exploring Brass Instruments: Trumpets, Trombone, and French Horn 

There’s a power and grandeur to brass instruments that is undeniable. From the soaring fanfares of the trumpet to the mellow tones of the French horn, brass instruments have enchanted audiences for centuries. In this exploration, we dive deep into the realm of trumpets, trombones, and French horns, revealing the magic behind their sound and […]

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Music And Mental Health

Melodic Medicine: The Magical Connection Between Music And Mental Health

In a world that often feels chaotic and overwhelming, people turn to various means of finding solace and healing for their mental well-being. While traditional therapies and medications are widely recognized, there is a remarkable force that offers a unique and transcendent experience: Music. Throughout history, music has served as a source of comfort, expression, […]

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Practice Your Instrument

Practice Your Instrument In These Exciting Ways

Practicing a musical instrument is essential for skill development and mastery. However, traditional practice routines can sometimes become monotonous, leading to a lack of motivation and enthusiasm. To combat this, musicians often seek innovative and exciting ways to make their practice sessions more enjoyable and productive. Here are some fresh and creative approaches to practice […]

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Beginner Friendly Instruments

Beginner Instruments: Brands and Models You Can Trust

As a musician, choosing the right beginner instrument is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable learning experience. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of top beginner-friendly musical instruments along with specific brands and models that are highly regarded in the industry. Whether you aspire to play the guitar, piano, violin, or […]

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Beginner Method Books

Method Books: Exploring an Essential Key to Musical Progress

When learning a musical instrument, having a reliable and effective learning resource is essential. This is where method books come into play. Method books are structured guides designed to facilitate the learning process, providing a step-by-step approach. They offer a comprehensive framework that covers technique, music theory, sight-reading, and overall musical development. By following a […]

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Patriotic Music

Celebrating Independence Day: The Stirring Sounds of Patriotic Music

As the Fourth of July approaches, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. It’s a day when Americans come together to celebrate their independence, reflect on the country’s history, and honor the brave individuals who fought for freedom. Among the various elements that make this day truly special, one aspect stands […]

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