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”

Online Piano & Theory Lessons – Revolutionising Music Lessons

Elegie School of Music online

 

We have some exciting news at Elegie School of Music! As of January 2017, we will be trialling a new online system of piano and theory teaching. It will be most suitable for secondary age and adult students, with an ability level of Grade 4 and above. Continue reading “Online Piano & Theory Lessons – Revolutionising Music Lessons”

Originally posted 2016-12-19 20:31:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

New Year’s Resolutions 2017

New Year's resolutions for more fulfilled family life

The best New Year’s resolution I ever made was at the start of 2014. Luke and I resolved to say ‘yes’ more, to not make excuses, and to make the most of the year. We stuck to it completely – attending more parties, day trips and holidays than ever. I completed my Master’s degree, we got engaged, and we saw more of friends and family than ever before! When asking others what their New Year’s resolutions are, I often hear the same list: to stop smoking/drinking, to lose weight, and to save money. While these things may be important, this year I am focusing on more sustainable goals. I hope to create a happier and more fulfilled family home for myself, Luke and J.  Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions 2017”