New student special!

Not sure about the idea of violin or viola lessons online? Here’s the deal: I know that we all like to be in the studio with our teacher – I do too! But I’ve found that online lessons with a real teacher can be just as effective and I’m willing to prove it. New students can take 1/2 price the first month of lessons via Skype* I’m so sure that these lessons can be effective that I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. What you’ll get is…

Inspiring Schools to Add Music Instruction

I had the pleasure of meeting the mom of a new student yesterday, she is passionate about music and its benefits. We had a fantastic conversation about music in school, and how her son’s school only gives the strings players 30 minutes of instruction per week. Obviously, I was flabbergasted! Many of you know that I play viola and violin along with the soprano and alto recorders. When I hear the stories about how music programs have been gutted in schools, it is heartbreaking for me. I started the kindergarten…

Podcast Anyone?

My husband recently pointed out to me, that I need to do a podcast. He says I seem to have all these little stories about music and the people that make it fun. A podcast would also make it easy for my readers to keep up with things, and help keep them motivated in teaching their kids music. So a podcast is in the works! I’ll be working out the first few episodes during the next few weeks, and plan to have the first one finished in the early part…

A brief history of the recorder

You’ll hear me say that the recorder has history pretty often, but unless you know what kind of history, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s just another person who’s passionate about what they do blowing hot air! Well, today I am giving you some of that history. Recorders are known as a member of the fipple flute family. Instruments in this family force a column of air to vibrate within the instrument via a mouthpiece that forces air past a “fipple” or block inside the instrument. The person…

Henry VIII of England and Music

Henry VIII was a patron of the arts and music, which is often over-shadowed because of all the other things for which he’s known. He was a skilled musician and had been well educated in many subjects.┬áHe reportedly had a pleasant voice, and would sing regularly, and the ability to play musical instruments and knowledge of the latest dances were important skills in the royal court. Music was taught in schools and universities during the Tudor period, and Henry so loved music that he made his court into a center…