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

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… This past weekend saw the recital for my students at Brass Bell Music Store in Milwaukee.  Brass Bell instructors generally host an annual recital for their students, held in the...

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

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. Bringing Things Into Focus The word ‘focus’ gets thrown around a lot but I think it’s necessary to clearly define it as a state of mind.  The focused...

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Practice, Practice, Practice (Part 1 – Preparation)

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. Big Picture Perspective Before getting...

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Drum Lessons at My Three Studios

Drum Lessons at My Three Studios

I currently give drum lessons at three different studios in Madison, Monona, and Milwaukee and each is great in its own way… Drums n’ Moore in Monona Drums n’ Moore in Monona offers retail drums & drum gear as well as providing lessons for a range of instruments through its School of Music.  It was founded in 1994 by local drum icon Rand Moore to satisfy the previously underserved needs of Monona and Madison area drummers.   When it comes to a friendly,...

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