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Get Back Thoughts #1: Help

Recently on Disney+, the documentary “Get Back”, using archival footage of The Beatles was released. I had the opportunity to...
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Music stories

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella?

I was working with my student, Caleb, on an arrangement of the Christmas carol, “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” and...
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Practicing Rhythm

Practice Tip: Use a Metronome!

When my grandmother gave me her piano when I was in 4th grade, she included many things with it. Sheet...
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Music stories Musical Theatre

Rest In Peace, Stephen Sondheim

On Friday, I saw a tweet that Stephen Sondheim had passed away. My heart sank. If you don’t know who...
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Challenge Music stories Singing

Carnegie Hall

2 years ago yesterday, I got to sing at Carnegie Hall. That sentence seems very surreal to write. The experience...
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Rhythm

Dotted quarter notes

Dotted quarter notes going to eighth notes are challenging for students. Why? It gets into subdividing (making smaller) the beat....
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Music History

Carol of the Bells

Carol of the Bells is one of the most beloved Christmas carols out there. But what's the story behind it?...
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Practicing

Top 5 practice tips

If you can suggest it, I've probably done it. I've been a musician for 39 years. I've tried lots of...
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Goal Setting

In continuing to talk about the different things we gain from making music that translate into non-musical life, Craig talks...
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Motivation

In this episode, Craig continues to talk about the different things that we get from learning music that translate into...
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Discipline

There are a whole lot of things that music lessons give you. Discipline is one of the biggest things you...
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About Craig

I learned the wrong movement!

As I shared in my post yesterday, music has always been around me. Whether that was church, home, all around...
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About Craig

Why Do I Teach?

I've been wrestling with this question for a while. And there are a bunch of answers I could give. I...
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Perseverance

Craig is talking about different skills that we get through making music that translate into other, non-musical, areas of life....
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Music in 5 minutes or less with Mr. Craig–ENUNCIATE!

I've started a new series on my Youtube channel called "Music in 5 minutes (or less) with Mr. Craig. This...
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Singing

Why Do I Sing?

That's an awesome question. It's something I've always done since I can remember. I stopped to really think about that...
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Challenge Funny Friday

Difficult Times

I was given this shirt by my church choir for Christmas of 2019. While it's funny and ironic, it actually...
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Why Should Adults Start Taking Music Lessons….or Continue?

Adult learners have been some of my most favorite students. Whether beginners, needing a refresher, or wanting to continue to...
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Getting Ready for Fall

My fall session of lessons doesn't start until the week of September 13th. I thought I'd share a bit about...
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Performing is Scary

We all from time to time have gotten those butterflies in our stomach before having to speak in front of...
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