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Drama School Auditions

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"Can You Just Sit Down And Do That Again...?"

“Can you just sit down and do that again...? It was the first of my auditions for drama school...
Saxophone

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Music: Hidden Benefits Above and Beyond the Sound

Most people love some music whether listening or playing and whether classical, pop, jazz, rock...
Drums/ Percussion

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The Bongo Revolution Starts Here!

"Oh cool set of Bongos!" How many times as percussionists have we been using instruments such...
Classical Guitar

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How to Listen

When was the last time you listened to music? I mean, really listened? In our contemporary urban...

Fresh Articles

  • Have a strong sense of who and what you like!

    Kayla Meikle Drama School Auditions Coach (Croydon) Picture So you like to watch the latest drama on telly or the new blockbuster in the cinema.... but do you know who cast it? Do you have a favourite actor? Whats your favourite play and who wrote it? These questions may sound simple and actually they are regarding our industry, but you'd be surprised...
  • Acting and the Audition

    John Payton Acting Coach (Southend on Sea) Picture The great theatre practitioner Stanislavsky said, "Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you." I tell my students that acting is reacting, being in tune with the world around you and being in tune...
  • Creativity, Education and Music

    Katie Black Saxophone Teacher (Norwich) Picture I have always considered myself to be a creative person and believe that there is creative potential in all people (Guildford 1987 p.36). This is also supported by Michael Rosen, who states that we are all born as ‘reflective and interactive beings’ (Rosen, pg 10) and all have creative...
  • Playing 'in tune' to yourself

    Tzu-Fan Classical Violin Teacher (South East London) Picture All the well-known classical violinists have their own personal, identifiable tone. There are people that sound similar because of how they were trained, but everyone has different techniques, fingers, hands, arms, and brains - even if they played on the exact same instrument and with the same...
  • Fingering at the piano: essential for all levels

    Dr Olivia Sham Classical Piano Teacher (West London) Picture Playing the piano involves using the fingers - even children soon realise that fists (or, occasionally, the feet) are not the most efficient way of depressing piano keys to make music. Fingers sit on the two hands in a particular order, and each finger behaves differently, for example, the thumb...
  • L’aprés-midi d’un Faune

    Jade Brightwell Musical Composition Teacher (South East London) Picture “Ces nymphes, je les veux perpetuer” “These nymphs, I wish to perpetuate them” It is an interesting way start to a poem, given that it is not really a start at all. “These nymphs”? Which nymphs is he talking about? There is evidently something that has been happening, but it has only...
  • Five Oboe Reed Tips

    Emily Cockbill Oboe Teacher (South East London) Picture Asking any oboe player, at any level, about their reeds and you often provoke a whole host of reactions, exclamations and general grumbling! The reason for this is that you very quickly realise how big a difference the quality of reed makes to every aspect of playing the instrument. Particularly...
  • Baroque Violin: Not Just Gut Strings Editor's Pick

    Cara Williams Classical Violin Teacher (Bristol) Picture The relatively recent rediscovery of Baroque music and performance practice has enabled most modern violinists to develop an awareness of many of the fundamental principles of performing early music. Whilst this is a positive development in itself, an unfortunate result of the widespread...
  • Suggested aims when teaching singing to kids

    Valentini Pavlidou Jazz/ Pop Singing Teacher (South West London) Picture Teaching singing in a group of young learners can be challenging but also very rewarding. To make sure your classes are running smoothly and that your students get 100% out of their singing training, please make sure you are planning every lesson by keeping in mind specific aims that you can set...
  • Freedom In Singing

    Vasili Karpiak Classical Singing Teacher (South West London) Picture In the very beginning of trying to explore our vocal potential, it is essential to completely exclude the movement of shoulders whilst we are breathing. The majority of vocal teachers of the past emphasised the importance of involving the lower part of the lungs in the process of breathing for...

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