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Changes – Doors Open, Doors Close

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Changes – Doors Open, Doors Close

It’s been a big & busy few weeks for me, recently, with some major changes that I’m very excited about!  (more…)

Recital Time! (Part 2 – Drums n’ Moore)

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Recital Time! (Part 2 – Drums n’ Moore)

With one recital in the books, the second came the following weekend.  Drums n’ Moore‘s School of Music spring recital included more than just drums and percussion, making for an interesting afternoon of hearing young, developing musicians share their accomplishments. (more…)

Recital Time! (Part 1 – Brass Bell Music Store)

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Recital Time! (Part 1 – Brass Bell Music Store)

Recitals are an invaluable part of music education.  They involve goal setting, planning, intense practicing, anxiety, performance, and the reward of accomplishment.  This month I’ve got students participating in two recitals on back-to-back weekends.  Here’s their stories… (more…)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 4)

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 4)

After a very full night’s sleep the much anticipated fourth and final day in New Orleans arrived.  The promise of great music & good times propelled us to the fairgrounds one last time.  (more…)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 3)

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 3)

Day three of the New Orleans adventure brought clear skies and warm temps.  Crowds of music lovers flocked to enjoy the sunshine and another day’s schedule packed with great artists… (more…)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 2)

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 2)

Our second day in New Orleans brought our first day at the Jazz & Heritage Festival and much more… (more…)

New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 1)

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New Orleans & Jazzfest Recap (Part 1)

I’m back and it was amazing!  Sarah and I were there for four full days so I’m going to break this into four quick diary-style entries.  Hold on tight… (more…)

Jazzfest Celebration With Second Line Video!

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Jazzfest Celebration With Second Line Video!

‘Why,’ you may ask, ‘the excitement?’  Well, today marks the start of the forty-fourth New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival!  Annually spread over two weekends at the end of April (National Jazz Appreciation Month, you know), this is truly one of the greatest music festivals in the world.  The city of New Orleans is absolutely wonderful for an infinite number of reasons, not least of which is its honor as the birthplace of jazz. (more…)

Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 2 – In the Moment)

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Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 2 – In the Moment)

In part one of my blog post on practicing I discussed a number of important considerations for being suitably prepared to practice.  In this second part I’ll address the practice session itself.  When it comes time to actually get the sticks moving the two most important habits to develop are focus and patience. (more…)

Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 1 – Preparation)

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Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 1 – Preparation)

While most students come to me looking to learn how to play the drums, what they don’t often consider is that in order to play well they first need to learn how to practice well.  Not knowing how to practice can lead to confusion, unnecessarily slow progress, and frustration.  Having a strong practice habit, though, is the best support to satisfying development that can be seen, heard, and felt by the student and those around you. (more…)