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Helpful Resources on How to Practice Music Effectively

February 2, 2018
effective music practice

There’s an old joke that just about every musician has heard that starts, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The punch line, of course, is simply, “practice.” You are probably rolling your eyes at the moment, having known that joke for decades, but you also know that the truth is often said in jest – even if it’s not a particularly good jest.

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The Inside Voice

The Inside Voice: An Interview with Julia Kamanda

July 25, 2016

If you have not yet had the pleasure to hear Julia Kamanda speak about classroom music, composition, and education, you are missing out on hearing one of the most genuinely passionate voices in the industry. The songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist uses her experience in composition and education to create music activities for preschoolers that teach them how to make music all their own.

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The Process of Practicing

October 9, 2015

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

— Abraham Lincoln

“Now, go home and practice!”  How many times have we as music teachers voiced those words to our students?

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MTNA Conference Premiering Two Intermediate Trios

March 18, 2014
MTNA Chicago 2014

2,000 music teachers, students, and music industry personnel will meet in Chicago from March 22-26, 2014 for the Music Teachers National Association’s annual conference.  Prominent on the schedule is the premiere of two trios by American composers Wynn-Anne Rossi and Phillip Keveren.

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Key People: Interview with Wynn-Anne Rossi

August 30, 2011
Wynn-Ann Rossi

Crystal Desch and I had the honor of interviewing Wynn-Anne Rossi, and we think you’ll find her as we did, an inspirational composer, pianist and teacher.  Among her many musical roles, Wynn-Anne is a highly creative composer of student-level piano music and instructional books on composing.  We hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as we did.

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Key People: Robert Vandall, Part 2

June 1, 2011

Last month, we presented Part 1 of our interview with Robert D. Vandall.  This is Part 2.  Robert Vandall is one of this country’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music.  He and his wife, Karen, operate a thriving independent piano studio in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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Key People: Robert Vandall, Part 1

May 5, 2011
Robert Vandall

Crystal Desch and I recently interviewed Robert D. Vandall by phone.  Robert Vandall is one of this country’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music.  He and his wife, Karen, operate a thriving independent piano studio in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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