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Gigs and MacGyver

What does MacGyver have to do with music performance? Everything. If you’ve ever had a gig, you know that nothing ever, ever goes right. You plug everything in to the amplifier or sound board, and for a reason that you can’t identify in the ten seconds you have before the gig is supposed to start, no sound comes out. Your keyboard stand breaks. Your cymbal hardware breaks. Even worse, your throne breaks while you’re drumming. (Ouch.) Continue reading “Gigs and MacGyver”

Spring Recital 2010

Michelle Tuesday Music School held its Spring Recital 2010 on May 23rd at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Gahanna, Ohio. Photos and videos of student performances will be posted at MichelleTuesday.Com shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for website updates.

Congratulations to all the music students who performed at the spring recital. With repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Journey, Continue reading “Spring Recital 2010”

Getting the Most from Music Practice Time

Whatever the musical instrument you’re learning, whether it is piano, guitar, drums, your own vocal chords, or the kazoo, you can master it, regardless of your age or current skill level. But finely honing skill takes time, the guidance of a qualified instructor to teach good technique and discourage bad habits, and lots and lots of practice. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your practice time. Continue reading “Getting the Most from Music Practice Time”

OMTA and Music Performance

I was privileged to enjoy a luncheon with the Ohio Music Teachers Association yesterday. What a wonderful group of folks! You would think that the power of this organization is in networking with music education colleagues in the area, including others who teach private music lessons, and that’s certainly a benefit to the group. But they also organize a slew of events, including continuing education opportunities for music educators and music performance events for students. Continue reading “OMTA and Music Performance”

Music Therapy

Music does indeed invoke emotional response in the listener, and the response varies by the music. A nice, soothing piano solo composed by George Winston calms and relaxes. A throbbing dance tune by Lady Gaga pumps and energizes. Whatever mood you wish to invoke, there’s a song for that. We’ll call it iSong. 😉 Continue reading “Music Therapy”

The Power of Performance

When I told my piano student on Friday that she had to play in front of other students on Sunday at our monthly repertoire class, she looked at me with eyes the size of dinner plates.

I have a music student who just won’t practice.

Okay, to be fair, I have a lot of music students who refuse practice. But one child taking piano lessons literally never practices at home. Ever. She doesn’t touch that piano until she’s sitting in that lesson room in front of her teacher. However, she miraculously spent last Saturday at home drilling her songs over and over and over. The reason? Continue reading “The Power of Performance”

Easter Blessings!

It is indeed a glorious week, when we move from the mourning of Lent and into the rejoicing of Easter and new careers! Negotiations are rolling on the studio home, and I’m happy with my choices. I have plenty of time this week, so I will be dedicating my efforts to business planning and marketing. First and foremost, I will be giving MichelleTuesday.com an overhaul.

In honor of Easter, I have decided to resurrect my diet, beginning today. Wish me luck and lots of green, leafy veggies.

A new blog home!

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It seems appropriate that I choose today, the day I leave the decade-long comfort and security of Corporate America, to move my blog from WordPress.com to MichelleTuesday.com. While I was at it, I also launched a new YouTube channel and uploaded the first video.

It also seems appropriate that such an important change in my career would come at Easter. So begins the next phase in my own Life Uncommon.