Marion Music Academy

— September 22, 2015

Music and Your Brain

Here are some very interested benefits that studying music has on your brain!

— September 24, 2015

What It Takes to Be a Successful Musician

— April 8, 2016

3 Books That Will Change the Way You Think About Music

These three books will empower music students of all ages and abilities.

— April 17, 2016

Track of the Month - April

This month's track comes from tenor saxophone legend Lester Young's recording "Pres and Sweets".

— April 24, 2016

Improve Your Saxophone Sound with 3 Easy Exercises

Achieving a full rich tone on the saxophone is simple with these 3 exercises. Saxophone students of all ages will benefit from adding these techniques to their daily practice routine.

— May 1, 2016

5 Practice Tips to Get Better Fast

There are no shortcuts in learning to play an instrument. There are, however, some simple tricks to make the most of your time in the practice room. Students of all instruments will excel with the use of these 5 easy tips.

— May 8, 2016

The Importance of Sight Reading

Musicians will encounter many situations where they simply don't have the opportunity to practice the music prior to a performance. This is why it is crucial to be fluent at sight reading music. Here are a few tips to help you refine your skills.

— May 15, 2016

Getting Comfortable Outside of the Box

Often times, a piece of music or technique is not really as difficult as it may seem. Things appear to be hard to play because we are unfamiliar with them. The key to overcoming this is to make these examples familiar. This post examines how to become fluent in unfamiliar key centers.

— May 22, 2016

3 Techniques to Prevent Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries are common among many musicians. Fortunately they are easily preventable. Students of all ages and abilities can benefit from these techniques on any instrument.

— May 28, 2016

Even the Pros Make Mistakes

Even professional musicians make mistakes. What makes these musicians so successful is how they handle these little mishaps. You too can learn to perform with confidence and learn to manage those unexpected moments on stage.

— June 5, 2016

The "More Me" Syndrome

One of the most memorable phrases from my musical upbringing was, “If you can’t hear your neighbor then you are playing too loud!” To this day I am guided by this wisdom in every musical setting I encounter. Specifically, I gauge my relative volume level by how I fit in to the ensemble.

— June 12, 2016

Your Foot Is Not a Metronome

Metronomes have been helping musicians keep a steady beat for many years. This powerful tool will help musicians of all experience levels playing with consistent time and increased confidence. In spite of this, many musicians mistakenly replace this tool by tapping their foot.

— June 19, 2016

Don't Forget Your Pencil

One of the most useful and over looked tools a musician can have is a pencil. Music is full of details and sometimes we simply just can’t remember everything. That is why it is important to use your pencil to leave yourself reminders about or make changes to the music in front of you.

— June 27, 2016

Learning Music As a Language

From the moment we are born, we are listening to masters of our language. As we grow we improvise with our peers as well as with seasoned individuals. If we approach learning music the way we learn to speak we would be much more accomplished musicians in much less time.

— July 10, 2016

How To Get Better Without Even Practicing

The more time you spend with your instrument in your hands the better musician you will become. Most students limit this to practicing. I have seen first-hand how my playing has improved by simply being around and holding a guitar. Something as simple as holding your instrument while watching TV will create a deeper connection to your instrument.

— July 11, 2016

To Be On Time Is To Be Late

Punctuality is essential to your success as a musician. Arriving early to rehearsals and performance will allow you the freedom to play your best no matter what the situation. Eliminate the hurry from your routine and you will be surprised at how much more fun music can be.

— July 17, 2016

Learning To Play Music By Ear

Many musicians think of the art of playing by ear as a special skill that only a chosen few are blessed with. Fortunately that isn’t the case. In fact, playing by ear is easily taught and can be learned in a relatively short amount of time. It is even something that elementary children can learn to do.

— July 24, 2016

The Importance of Setting Goals

One of the most fun things about playing music is that there are always new things to learn; new directions to take your playing. These goals can be determined by your lesson books, your teacher, or yourself. Ultimately these goals will be more meaningful if they are something you have chosen.

— August 14, 2016

Inspiration Is All Around Us

The world around us is full of music and many of us don’t even know it. Composers and songwriters have been finding inspiration in life and nature for centuries. From the birds singing in the trees to the rhythm of a gas pump, you will find unlikely sources of music in your everyday life.

— September 12, 2016

How To Care For Wood Instruments During Fall and Winter

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and cooler temperatures are on their way. Along with lower temps, fall and winter bring low levels of humidity. There is no time like now to make sure you and your instruments are ready for cold weather. In this article I discuss how you can keep your instrument in top playing condition in spite of the changing weather.

— September 18, 2016

5 Reasons to Practice Scales

From a very young age we are taught to play scales. We read them in our lessons books, play them for warm-ups before rehearsal, and are even judged in auditions by our ability to play them from memory. I think, too often, we lose sight of why teachers put so much emphasis on this musical element.

— September 25, 2016

Take a Break

We are generally taught that the more we play, the better musicians we will be. I have even blogged about this very subject. There are however, times in my musical journey that I have found that taking a break has actually been very beneficial.

— October 2, 2016

Listen To Yourself

As a musician, one of the most important aspects of our playing is our sound. Unfortunately getting a true grasp of how we actually sound is difficult. This post discusses a simple and effective way to hear the true tone of your voice or instrument.

— October 16, 2016

Get In Tune

Tuning your instrument seems like a pretty basic part of playing music, but it is often something that is overlooked. Thankfully, a little bit of work on a consistent basis will go a long way and over time you will evolve your sense of pitch. Your fellow musicians, as well as the audience, will appreciate the extra effort.

— October 30, 2016

3 Reasons to Change Your Guitar Strings

Keeping fresh strings on your guitar is one the simplest and least expensive ways to keep your guitar playing and sounding its best. Replacing a string is something that all guitarists can do. In fact, strings should be changed every 1-3 months depending on how often you play. In this article you will learn about 3 major benefits from keeping fresh strings on your instrument.