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Get ready for the New-Normal in Music Education

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“Movement in new direction helps find new cheese”   —Spencer Johnson   In his 1998 best seller Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson discusses how to cope with change in one’s work and life using two mice (Sniff and Scurry) and two little people (Hem and Haw) who suddenly lose access to their daily cheese supply. While the mice adapt and learn to thrive in …

How to Make Your Online Music Tutoring Engaging & Effective

“Every challenge and every adversity contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth” — Roy T Bennett Digital technologies have transformed several industries across the world; from manufacturing to retail, from financial services to healthcare, from travel & hospitality to transportation. One industry that is still lagging behind is education. While several online platforms such as Coursera, Kadenze, EdX, etc have made access to …

Practice Smart: a 10 minute Musical Workout

“If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days the critics know it. If I don’t practice for three days the audience knows it!”  — Louis Armstrong    Whether it is Louis Armstrong or any of us who are just learning to play an instrument the agony and the outcome is the same if we are unable …

3 secrets of every successful music band

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success” – Henry Ford In this blog series we will try to answer a question that many people are asking on social media and knowledge forums: How to start a music band? We believe there are two other questions that are included in this one: how to make your band successful and how …

5 Tips for Musicians to Ace an Open Mic Night

“Every master was once a beginner. Every Pro was once an amateur.” – Robin Sharma , Open Mic (Microphone) is not a new concept. It has become a phenomenon only in the last decade or so among the Indian youth. Today, there is not a single big city in the country that does not host some kind of Open Mic Night event, be it for …

Breathing with beats: the eternal bond between music and yoga.

“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga and Music share a common goal: they help us discover our inner selves and connect us with the rest of the universe. But they offer distinctly different paths. Yoga allows us to unite with the universe …

International Jazz Day

In 2011, the UNESCO General Conference in coordination with the Thelonious Monk Institute in New Orleans (https://monkinstitute.org/), proclaimed April 30 as “International Jazz Day”. The idea was to not only celebrate the music but also the values of freedom, creativity, empathy and peace it embodies. Each year the event is celebrated in several countries around the world with one city playing the role of a …

5 Tips To Making Your Live Music Audition a Success

In an interview the famous musician and composer Shanker Mahadevan was asked about his experience in making his first demo tape for a studio audition. He said “….sorry I was blessed with a silver spoon. From day one I was always running after a backlog!”. Few are as lucky to be able to say that; whether it Jimi Hendrix or Mariah Carey or Adele Atkins …

Are you too old to begin to Rock and Roll?

A very common question among many middle-agers and retirees is if they are too old to begin to learn an instrument. They hear aphorisms such as What won’t bend at five won’t bend at fifty; or, You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, etc. Is there really an upper age limit or can anyone learn to play music at any age? Are there some …