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.
Rescheduling, Cancellations, Discounts, Practice Habits
This info appears in the fine print on your monthly invoice, but just to make it bigger here: 30 days notice required for cancellations. Why? Because I have blocked that spot for you and need some time to fill it with another student. Honestly, music is the long game, and if you’re planning to study a month or two hoping for a quick fix, well, you will be disappointed! There is no instant gratification in music study, and the payoff of your hard work and perseverance is immense, unlike anything else you have known.
Rescheduling permitted twice per term (Sept-Dec, Jan-June), and you must make up the lesson during the same week; they don’t hold over indefinitely. Why? Well, I have that spot blocked off for you, so if you don’t use it then, but expect to keep it rolling forever, I can’t run a business and feed my family. If you have a longer vacation planned, no problem; we always work things out. I am flexible and WANT you to learn, so I will do what it takes to accommodate you within these generous and normal guidelines. My guidelines are much more flexible than a large music studio.
Discounts – some parents tell me I am more expensive than the guy down the street and want a deal. That’s because I’m not a teenager making gas money. I am a master with a big pedigree and more than 20 years actual performance experience. I’m also a mother and need to take care of my own family. Most teachers with my level of experience charge about $90 to $100 per hour, and I am charging less than this. When I hear parents complain about my fee, walking into my studio with an $8 venti latte, I get annoyed. Your payment to me is an investment in you or your child’s life; I am very efficient, productive and dedicated. Please don’t expect me to run late for free.
Practice habits – what you put in you get out, and for younger children: well, parents must supervise practice. Yelling at your kid to practice is not helpful. Please follow my guidelines for creating the practice container to set this up as an automatic activity. Beginners and children under 10 must be supervised following the practice log, only for about 2 months. If you can’t make this time, ask your student to practice beside you while you’re doing your paperwork or housework and talk about each activity. Please attend lessons and participate actively for the first two months to understand the nature of our work and study.