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We Don’t Talk About….Earworms

If you’ve seen the movie “Encanto”, you know what the next word would be. Well, you probably will start singing...
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Lessons are about more than music

When you give yourself or your child the gift of music lessons, you're doing more than introducing and building the...
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Things for families to do in Houston between Christmas and New Year’s 2021

The year is almost over! It’s almost Christmas! And the kids are going to be off of school, and you...
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What Child is This?

Throughout my years of life and musicianship, I've had lots of favorite Christmas songs. But more recently, one that wasn't...
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Family activities

5 Things for Families to do in Houston this weekend–December 17th

Last week I shared 5 things for families to do. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy...
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Family activities

5 Things for Families to Do in Houston-December 10th

It’s Christmastime, so what is there for families to do in the Houston area? Well, here are 5 things to...
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Dotted Quarter Notes to eighth notes

https://youtu.be/VZQEy-XGpMQ Today’s blog is…..a video!
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Get Back Thoughts #2: Teamwork

Last week, I wrote about the Beatles documentary “Get Back”. I wrote about how they needed help and got it...
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Music History

Mr. Handel’s unintentional Christmas Songs

George Friedrich Handel wrote two pieces that are sung so often this season and are beloved, but….weren’t intended as Christmas...
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Music History Music stories

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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