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

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Most people love some music whether listening or playing and whether classical, pop, jazz, rock...
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Twelve Songwriting Secrets For Success!

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Be The Bass 'Backbone'

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  • Play Violin For Your Friends

    Joanna Forna Classical Violin Teacher (North London) Picture When I was a child, at the beginning of my violinist 'career', my mom would always ask me to play for the guests we had. At the beginning, when I was about 7-8, I was really enjoying showing off my talent. However, after a few years, I was dreading it, even hiding sometimes so that my mum...
  • Be The Bass 'Backbone' Editor's Pick

    Joe Downard Bass Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture The bass in western music has had its importance in many circumstances over the last 100 years. It has been part of a section in an orchestra, the sound of the tuba in a marching band, the thud from early Mississippi blues recordings, the long legato walking bass in jazz. These are all the...
  • The Importance Of Personal Musical Interpretation Editor's Pick

    Vincenzo Castronovo Classical Violin Teacher (South West London) Picture Some violin tutors fall into the habit of tutoring their students mainly in the theoretical aspect of learning violin. However, what is sometimes overlooked and under-valued is for the student to learn the importance of combining their own individual interpretation with the theory. When...
  • 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...
  • Silly Noises Editor's Pick

    Luke Stevenson Acting Coach (North West London) Picture Its a rainy January afternoon and I'm in the secondary school teaching my weekly LAMDA Public Speaking class. It's a group session. Group sessions of have the double difficulty of severely limiting the individual time each student gets but also the fact that vocal warm-ups can often become a...
  • Acting Shakespeare

    Cathal Thomas Cleary Acting Coach (North London) Picture Shakespeare can be the most intimidating aspect of working in theatre. But what I learned from my time working with Sir Nick Hytner and Simon Russell Beale on TIMON OF ATHENS is that Shakespeare is for everyone. Their process to mine the text to bring out intelligible, clear and entertaining...
  • Recommended Drama Book

    Cathal Thomas Cleary Drama School Auditions Coach (North London) Picture I would like to recommend Katie Mitchell's The Director's Craft. This is perfect for anyone pursuing a career in...
  • Audition Preparation

    Cathal Thomas Cleary Acting Coach (North London) Picture I have been lucky enough to have been in audition rooms with some of the finest actors in London at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic Theatre. Watching seasoned actors nail auditions has been an invaluable experience for me as a director, as a tutor and as a drama coach. I...
  • Choosing A Drama School Editor's Pick

    Peter Hoggart Drama School Auditions Coach (South West London) Picture You may find it strange that this article is entitled 'Choosing a Drama School'. As we all know, getting into drama school is a competitive business. If you are one of the lucky ones who gets offered a place, you may not have much say in which drama school accepts you. However, I feel that if...
  • Enthusiasm Is The Key To Learning Music

    Geraint Parfitt Viola Teacher (North London) Picture When starting to learn music it is important to be as open as possible. Teachers should get students to sing first of all. Then they should explore various instruments to see which one the child likes the most. The most important thing a teacher must realise is to bring out what the student has...

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