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Listening: The Most Important Thing

May 22, 2017

What's the last song you listened to? Listening to music is the most important part of being a musician. Not practice. Not theory. Not even performance. As a teacher, I frequently ask my students ...

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Three Tips For Overcoming Stage Fright

April 25, 2017

Kim Foskett, Music House School of Music oboe Instructor, tackles an obstacle that all musicians, from beginners to pros, eventually face: stage fright. But never fear (pun intended). She has some rock solid tips that are sure to boost your confidence.

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What is Music? Music Defined by Musicians.

April 18, 2017

It's challenging to truly describe music in words. We all know how it makes us feel, and we know what we like when we hear it, but actually communicating this is the hard part. Author Victor Hugo w...

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Music Lessons Help Develop 'Grit'

March 28, 2017

One of life's challenges is figuring out how to stick with something long enough to find success. Learning new things usually comes with its share of frustration, which can be a stopping point fo...

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Music March Madness

March 14, 2017

It’s bracket time at Music House! As many of you know, we’re currently in the midst of March Madness. Well, we’re taking this annual event and making it into our own. This March, we’ve created our very own Music House March Madness. Music House teachers and staff will be voting for their favorite musician for each “round” starting Monday, March 27.

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Practice Makes Perfect

March 7, 2017

It's no surprise that learning to play a musical instrument takes practice (and a lot of it). There’s no way around it. The more you practice—if you do it right—the better you will become. Knowing ...

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Celebrate Music In Our Schools with a Free Lesson

February 21, 2017

March is national Music In Our Schools Month. It's a time to promote the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. Music House is joining the celebration by offering a great musical experience and a great deal to you.

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Get In Tune with Our Woodwind and Brass Teachers

February 21, 2017

For some students, learning to play a musical instrument starts with joining band in elementary school. It's a great place to try out an instrument, and start to learn to play. For those that want to dig in and get some more in-depth training, or make sure they are learning good playing habits, finding a good private lesson teacher is a must. But what should you look for?

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A Musician's Guide to Happiness

January 17, 2017

Playing music should always be a positive experience. If you take the wrong approach as a musician, however, you could find yourself frustrated and unhappy. This would be tragic. Playing music is...

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You Got A Musical Instrument For Christmas! So Now What?

December 13, 2016

If you're one of the many people who wanted a musical instrument for Christmas--and actually received one--then you're one of the lucky ones! You may have dreams of becoming the next country music sensation, your child might be a music prodigy, or you may just want to broaden your already existent knowledge of music. Now, you'll need to learn how to play that shiny new instrument, but don't just let it sit there! Take it out of the box, give it a few strums or toots, or try to figure out how to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

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Holiday Reflections from a Pianist

November 29, 2016

Charles Hoeft, Music House School of Music Piano Instructor, discusses the origin of his journey in music as well as what prompts him to continue that journey: a strong sense of community and a comforting solace.

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Performance Driven Musicians

November 15, 2016

Rachel Loewen, Program Manager at Music House West, discusses why she loves to perform and thinks it's worthwhile to encourage all musicians to perform often.