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Why Singing Lessons Should Be Music To Your Ears

Six reasons why singing lessons should be music to your ears It’s obvious to me, I live and...
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Auditioning for Drama School

I have sat in on auditions at one of the biggest drama schools in the world. It is joyful and...
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Saxophone - equipment guide for beginners

Saxophonists love talking about gear. Mouthpieces, reeds, instruments and all their various...
Classical Singing

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Preparing A Song Recital vs. Preparing A Role

One of the biggest differences of preparing a recital compared to preparing a role, is that with...

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  • Plainchant, Erik Satie and the Minimalists

    Benjamin Rimmer Classical Violin Teacher (East London) Picture A brief examination of the link between plainchant, Erik Satie (1866-1925) and the 'minimalist' composers of the mid-late 20th Century. Satie and the Minimalists both formed similarly divergent paths away from the compositional ideals of their respective eras. These paths interestingly led them...
  • The value of a real live tutor

    Avelia Moisey Trumpet Teacher (Luton) Picture I was looking around YouTube yesterday and it struck me that there are many videos posted about how to learn the trumpet.  (I am sure there are similar videos for every instrument these days.)  I checked out a few and there are some excellent videos recorded by highly-respected professional...
  • Twelve Songwriting Secrets For Success! Editor's Pick

    Laura Duckworth Songwriting Teacher (Harrow) Picture Never written a song before but always wanted to? The best songwriting tip I can give you is to...start writing songs! Even if what comes out sounds awful at least you have a starting point. Writer's block happens when you judge every idea (see Tip 4) so in the end you stare hopelessly at a...
  • Writing and Politics

    Bogdan Tiganov Creative Writing Teacher (Guildford) Picture The writing world is a bit of a clique, or rather several cliques, promoting and supporting each other, recognising each other, writing blurbs for each other, reviewing each other, in pubs, in readings, in universities... It can become tiresome. There are courses and creative writing teachers...
  • Symphonic Creeds

    Joshua McConville Musical Composition Teacher (South East London) Picture ‘Symphonic Creeds’: Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, and the Symphony as Belief Statement. IntroductionBeethoven transformed the symphony, infusing into the genre a depth unknown before. His Ninth Symphony (1824) was seminal; it introduced a chorus and soloists into the Finale, enabling Beethoven to...
  • Learning a Musical Instrument - everybody wins!

    Midori Jaeger Cello Teacher (South West London) Picture So often when discussing childhood music lessons we hear adults say they had ‘no musical talent’. As a result, they claim, they were encouraged by their teacher to give up. I always want to say to this - there’s no such thing! You like music and were compelled enough to try to learn an...
  • Singing Helps Your Health

    Cash Taylor Jazz/ Pop Singing Teacher (Ilford) Picture Singing is a powerful and best way to boost your self-esteem. It doesn’t matter how good or talented you are, the process of singing has a range of benefits. As well as helping to boost self-esteem, singing has many benefits to other areas of your life. As someone who experienced low self-esteem...
  • Drum Kit Review – Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove

    Steve Burkwood Drum Kit Teacher (Bristol) Picture Drum Kit Review – Ludwig Breakbeats by QuestloveThis is a great acoustic kit for beginners and advanced players alike, though perhaps for different reasons for each. It is part of a recent wave of ‘mini kits’ which, at one time, were considered limited to jazz/cocktail circles, but now are...
  • How to Listen Editor's Pick

    Tom Gamble Classical Guitar Teacher (East London) Picture When was the last time you listened to music? I mean, really listened? In our contemporary urban living we are surrounded by music, sounds and noises 24/7. It engulfs us everywhere, so much so that often when we are in a place which is truly silent we can feel uncomfortable, uneasy and confused....
  • Starting Out: How I Screwed up my First Job

    Gillian Saker Drama School Auditions Coach (South East London) Picture My first job was on the TV series Ripper Street for the BBC. I was still in drama school at the time, and was very excited to land the job. When I arrived on set, I was shown to my trailer and everyone was buzzing around offering me food and tea and escorting me about. Everyone talked in a weird...

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