Tag: music lessons

Safety, Transparency and Reputation when Coaching Students

By John Gardner For a short while during my earliest teen years, without concern about walking to and into his home, I studied piano with a single guy who lived a few blocks away. During high school freshman year, I took

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Sight-reading Tips

By John Gardner Musicians auditioning for acceptance or for music scholarships are working on prepared pieces — likely the same piece he/she is using for solo contest. An aspect of many auditions that are a challenge is the demonstration of sight-reading

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Solo contest judge’s #1 recommendation

By John Gardner Most participants in high school solo competitions are only in the performance room long enough for his/her performance and maybe for a couple friends’. They could learn so much by sitting and listening/observing for a while. During

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What I Learned From A Korean Exchange Clarinet Student

A few years ago I had a Korean clarinet student during a semester that he was an exchange student here. I met him on a cold winter day. Waiting for him in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building at Huntington University, I saw him jump out of the car, no coat — and with clarinet already assembled and literally running to the building. He was not late.

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Dream, Focus, Follow and Never Give Up

By John Gardner Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account can find entries like, “Ugh, have to work today” or “only 2 more hours ’til I get off”. And many of these posts are from teens that have just entered

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Three questions about private music studios

By John Gardner In preparation for a Skype interview by Andrew Ingkavet, a music teacher in the Greater New York area, I asked if he had any questions he wanted to share in advance — so that I could be especially prepared

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Example: Colleges Pay for those who Play WELL

“I’m paying for your college education one week at a time. By the time you graduate you should be good enough that someone will pay you to come to their school.”

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Remote Instrumental Music Coach

By John Gardner I’ve worked with this particular band director before. He teaches in a small school in a rural part of Indiana not blessed with an abundance of instrumental specialists to help his students with private lessons. A few

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