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June 2015

Uke players gonna play, play, play, play, play!

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:15+00:00 June 28th, 2015|Music Blog|

How Long Did That Really Take? Tuesday night: 6:32PM. Text message sent to guitar teacher Garry Ball: "Sarah wants a uke/guitar video for Facebook tomorrow. Still working out ideas - no pressure, obviously, but if you can come up with anything let me know" 6:33PM. Text message received from Garry: "Sounds good! OK!!" [...]

March 2015

Being a Good Music Student

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:23+00:00 March 15th, 2015|Music Blog|

Being a Good Music Student At this time of year many students and their families find themselves in the process / ordeal of standardized tests. There is PARCC, OAA, ACT, SAT; the list goes on and on. Whatever your view on these tests, there is one attribute that we hope shines through for students regardless [...]

Festival Results Are In!

By | 2015-04-23T23:27:15+00:00 March 9th, 2015|Music Blog|

The Bella Musica Junior Music Club sent 16 students to the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival Competition on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  We are so proud of their results: 14 Unanimous Superiors, 1 Superior, and 1 Excellent.  Great job to the following students - you're all well on your way to your gold cup! [...]

November 2014

Private Music Lessons? My Kid Takes Music At School!

By | 2014-11-20T17:21:28+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Music Blog|

"Why should I enroll my student in private music lessons if they're already in band/choir/orchestra?" In the simplest terms, think of the numbers. Even if your child is in a smaller program, let’s say 30 students, and the class meets for 45 minutes, there is still only one director. Maybe two. So in any given [...]

June 2014

Baum Opera House – New Home for Rectials

By | 2016-02-15T18:53:45+00:00 June 2nd, 2014|Music Blog, Press Releases|

The Baum Opera House is now the concert and recital home for Bella Musica Lesson Studio.  Bella Musica students and staff will present approximately four concerts per year in the Baum Opera House's Randsell Ballroom. Bella Musica and Hohman Piano Services are pleased to announce their joint donation of a 1932 Petite Grand Wurlitzer Piano [...]

May 2014

Summer vs. The Musician

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:23+00:00 May 27th, 2014|Music Blog|

If you are a musician, no matter what your age or skill level, your musical studies should not stop throughout the summer months!  Many musicians have likely faced temporary apathy at some point in their life.  But with a little discipline, any musician, experienced or not, can strengthen their musical backbone and conquer summer aimlessness. [...]

February 2014

What is a Master Class?

By | 2014-02-13T13:33:50+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Music Blog|

What is a Master Class? A Master Class is another way for students to learn and develop skills in their instrumental area.  The difference between a master class and a private lesson, is that a group of students (and sometimes other observers) watch as the "master" (or teacher) works with one of their colleagues.  It's [...]

January 2014

Learning a New Song

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:23+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Music Blog|

This post is for singers and voice students learning a new song.  So, your teacher gave you a new song, now what?  First, voice students should learn some basic music theory skills.  If you want to sing and be able to learn new songs on your own - basic music reading is a must.  You [...]

Keys to Effective Practice Habits

By | 2014-01-02T13:55:29+00:00 January 2nd, 2014|Music Blog|

Practicing just means playing/singing through songs my teacher assigned me over and over a few times a week, right? WRONG! In order for practice time to be effective, there are a few things to keep in mind.  Think of your practice time as a sort of experiment.  Change up how you do it in order [...]

November 2013

Performance Anxiety: AKA Nerves

By | 2016-11-28T14:00:23+00:00 November 23rd, 2013|Music Blog|

Everyone gets nervous to perform in front of people.  It's as natural as breathing.  When people say they don't get nervous, what they are really saying is they've just learned how to deal with their nerves.  We get nervous in performance situations because we are vulnerable.  We are putting ourselves out there to be judged [...]

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