Creating an Atmosphere for Creating

Let me start off by saying how much I love summer.  If I could write a song to summer to let it know how happy it makes me, I would.  After my first year of teaching in the Community College system in New Orleans, I now understand why summer is such a relief for teachers. …

Practice, Practice, Practice

First and foremost, practicing is a mindset, not an activity. It is imperative that the students focuses on what needs to be done in a practice session rather than just sitting down and setting a timer. An hour of practice with no focused goal is the equivalent of not practicing at all.

Festival date

Hello everyone! I wanted to let you all know that I finally have the Festival date for this year.  It will be taking place on Saturday, February 12th at Delgado Community College.  It is particularly early this year, so please be sure that all students planning to participate attend ALL of their lessons between now …

Practice tips for the younger beginner

Unfortunately, I have not had many students who do enjoy practicing, and I certainly wasn’t the exception to the rule. The process of practicing is usually not nearly as fun as just about everything else when a child is 7, but when the student sees things getting easier and pieces becoming a little bit more interesting, this will usually change. For my students ages 6-9, I have some tips that might make practice time a little easier for everyone.

How to Prepare Your Child For A Career In Music

Parents, Please check out this great video about preparing your children for a career in performance.  Norman Krieger is an Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC, and he makes some excellent points about the patience and dedication it takes to succeed as a musician.

Maintaining pieces for performance

With the Festival coming up this weekend and many students trying to cram their last bits of practice in this week, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few tips on how to maintain completed pieces for performances and competitions. 1. Play the whole piece hands alone with dynamics and articulation to help …