Resources for Students
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Practice Support & Logs
Please download the appropriate log each month, to guide and support your practice. Parents, please assist your child to ensure that the log tasks are completed in a quality manner and checked off. Completed logs get a reward at month end! (But yeah, I can tell when actual good practice backs up ‘dem checkmarks on the log so do the right thing!)
Youtube Video Playlists for Practice Support
- Ukulele technical exercises
- Guitar technical exercises
- Piano basic technical exercises
- Guitar arrangements – basic songs – practice along videos
- Ukulele arrangements – basic songs – practice along videos
- Custom karaoke practice tracks for vocalists
Royal Conservatory of Music – examination information
Here is where piano and voice students can get background and preparatory information on RCM exams. Do they qualify for some high school credits (yes!) and how? Dates, fees, what to expect. Sample videos of exam candidates in action so you can really see what happens and not be so nervous!
I really encourage students to not be in such a panic about this scary WORD “exam”. The examiners and the RCM are so happy to have you and really want you to succeed; this organization dedicates itself to preparing quality musicians and is incredibly supportive. Remember, they are on your side! They want you to participate in the RCM. They will do everything they can to help you be comfortable. Your job is to practice properly and diligently during the year, be prepared, and to just keep going when you make a mistake; most of us do flub up a bit or a bunch under pressure and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad student or a failure! Growing up is about learning to roll with the punches, not about being perfect.
Voice / Dramatic Speech Resources
Tongue Twisters Articulation – Typical tongue twisters for articulation and projection exercises.
Three Principles of Good Singing – Summary of my singing approach.