10 Exciting New Ways to Practise

10 tips to make practise fun

Practising is one of the most difficult aspects of learning an instrument. Learning new repertoire is exciting, going to your lesson is motivating, and performing in concerts and exams is liberating. But practising is tricky! It can be hard to know exactly what we need to practise, and when we have achieved what we set out to do. It can feel like we are not getting anywhere, and as though we have hit a brick wall. When this happens to your child, and you have exhausted all of their usual methods, give these options a try – you might surprise yourself with just what they can learn when they try a different approach: Continue reading “10 Exciting New Ways to Practise”

Musicals for Children: Matilda

Matilda

Children’s musicals are so magical! They incorporate wonderful music, dance, acting, movement, costumes, and set design, to tell the most engaging stories. Matilda is one of the best West End musicals to take your kids to at the moment. I saw it with 3 other adults, and we loved it – but the theatre was full of children laughing their heads off! The songs are hilarious, the child actors are incredible, and we left feeling so warm and inspired. Continue reading “Musicals for Children: Matilda”

Originally posted 2017-01-27 19:28:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

10 Tips for Beating Performance Nerves

performance nerves

Performance nerves affect all musicians at some time or another. For some people they can be a minor annoyance, which can be felt as nothing more than a few little butterflies in their stomach. For others, however, they can be crippling! The adrenalin can be so strong that it triggers a ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction in the body. This can result in performers physically shaking, being sick, and otherwise feeling unable to perform. This adrenalin needs to be channeled to our advantage. Used correctly it can give a performance a real edge, a sense of excitement, and a feeling of raw emotion. Here are my top 10 tips for overcoming performance nerves: Continue reading “10 Tips for Beating Performance Nerves”

January 2017 – Best of Children’s Books (With a Musical Theme)

January 2017 - Books

There are some fantastic children’s books available at the moment! Reading will help your little ones in so many ways. It will aid their creativity, social skills, language, imagination, as well as being a lovely bonding activity for you to engage in. Reading books that have a musical quality helps to capture the attention of young children. They can be lots of fun and brilliantly expressive! Here is my list of favourite young children’s books in January 2017: Continue reading “January 2017 – Best of Children’s Books (With a Musical Theme)”

Sleeping Beauty – Telling Stories With Music

Sleeping Beauty

Music is wonderfully versatile. It can help us to teach and explore an endless range of topics, therefore encouraging young minds to listen hard, think inquisitively, and ask imaginative questions. Many brilliant stories have been set to music throughout time.  Music helps to bring them alive, to make them memorable, and also to help children to empathise with the characters. Sleeping Beauty is one such story! This post explores this timeless story and the music that accompanies it, with ideas for how to introduce it to your children at home. Continue reading “Sleeping Beauty – Telling Stories With Music”