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Finding the Tempo: Balancing Fast and Slow Practice

As musicians, we often find ourselves caught between the exhilarating rush of speed and the serene precision of a slower tempo. Delve into the art of finding balance, honing our skills, and embracing the unique charms of both fast and slow practice.

I Love My Metronome and You Should Too

If you have come to my classes or been around for a while, you already know that I love my metronome! What you might not know are the many reasons […]

7 Steps for Learning Tunes by Ear

I started playing the violin when I was 6 years old and used the Suzuki books throughout my initial years. During the first year of lessons we learned music by […]

What goes into a medley?

So I finished up my residency last Friday.  The past two weeks were long, hard, wet, cold, and very productive!  I wrote 30 new fiddle tunes and put together 15 […]

Have You Made it Past Stage 2?

Did you know that there are several stages to learning something new? This can be with driving a car, starting a new job, or learning an instrument. The process of […]

What Do You Do When You Feel Stuck?

I think that all of us feel stuck at times.  You’ve been working on a piece, and it just doesn’t seem to be getting better even though you have been […]

The Three Ps of Success

So often people wonder why they are not progressing. I have been thinking about what it is that leads to success, and here are three key items: Patience – I […]

Are you “should-ing” on yourself?

I can’t tell you how many of my students through the years have come to me to ask if their progress is “normal”.  “How far along should I be by […]

When it’s ok not to practice…

Have you ever taken our your violin (or other instrument), started practicing, and realized that you just really aren’t feeling it? I had that feeling just the other day getting […]

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