Picking a song for a vocal audition can be harder than the actual audition itself. After all, most auditions last about five minutes or less. Sometimes you get to sing a whole song, and sometimes you are asked to prepare a measly 16-bar cut. So how do you choose a song that will represent you … Read more about 7 Ways NOT to Choose Your Vocal Audition Piece
Calling all musical brainiacs! We've consulted with our fellow music theory geeks to bring you one of the most difficult music theory quizzes around. From notation's most trying nuances to ultra-tricky time and key signatures, only the most deft music theory students will get an A+ on this quiz. So … Read more about Music Theory Quiz Challenge: Think Can You Get All 20 Correct?
There are a lot of opinions out there when it comes to how you should perform during a vocal audition. Depending on what works for you, there may be more than one right way to go about it. We've already explored tips of how to ace your next choral/vocal audition. However, there are a few obvious … Read more about 7 Things to Avoid at Your Vocal Audition
There are many of us out there who took music lessons as a child but stopped when we reached adulthood. If you are experiencing the urge to get back into playing music as an adult, you're certainly not alone. Here are some tips and food for thought about how to prepare yourself for a successful … Read more about Start Playing Music Again – Tips for relearning an instrument
The question of "What piano songs are the most difficult to play?" has inspired friendly arguments among music lovers, likely for as long as piano songs have been composed. The issue of what, exactly, makes a piece of music "difficult" to play is difficult to define. For example, a song which is ten … Read more about Three Piano Songs That Are Nearly Impossible to Play
Piano teachers know that the day always comes when a student asks to play a song or piece that isn't in their method book. If they're a first or second year student, it's quite possible that they aren't ready to play the most difficult (and usually most accurate) arrangement available. As their … Read more about How to Choose Sheet Music for Piano Students
A lesser-known musical term, contrafactum, refers to a song in which the melody is similar or even identical to another song yet contains different lyrics. One of the most popular examples of contrafacta are "What Child is This" and "Greensleeves." While the lyrics convey very different meanings, … Read more about Contrafactum: What’s That?
Festivals, farmers' markets, garden parties, weddings and sporting events, whether you're playing under the hot sun or a hazy moon, summertime is prime for outdoor gigs. Unlike the more temperate (climate controlled) indoor venues, there are additional considerations to keep both your body and … Read more about Tips to Keep You Cool While Playing Hot Summer Gigs
Tips on how to do well at an audition are more or less universal, but the perfect audition piece is not. (Check out our Updated: 40+ Songs for Stage and Show Auditions blog post.) Each individual musician is different just as every performance of a piece varies ever so slightly from the one … Read more about Choosing the Perfect Audition Piece for You