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New Year – New Music! Practice Tips for 2014

Musicians Mobile students (and teachers!) are always looking for ways to improve their practice time. Whether it’s making the most out of a shortened session, being able to see progress, or simply focusing, students and teachers alike need pointers to stay motivated in music.

We have scoured our sources to find what we believe are the seven best practice “tips” for our Musicians Mobile community.

Student Activity: Earn a shoutout in our next blog post if you let us know how you applied these tips to your practice! Bonus points if you find the hidden message in this post!

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Music as a Language – A New Way of Considering Music Lessons

 

Music, Bass, Language, Lessons, Victor Wooten, TED-Ed
Victor Wooten – Music As a Language

We recently posted a video link on our Facebook page from Victor Wooten and TED-Ed on Music as a Language.

Wooten introduces the video by stating that music is a language, and, just like verbal language, it serves as a sign of expression. It can be read or written, and it can make you laugh or cry. In fact, sometimes music can be better than spoken word, because it doesn’t need to be understood to be effective.

Is it possible to learn music the same way you learned to speak? Absolutely! We just have to change our perceptions…

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Piano Pop Concert to Rock the South Bay

Musicians Mobile Piano Pop Concert:

  • October 27, 2013 at 4:00 P.M.,
  • Saratoga Recreation Center Multi-Purpose Room, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070

Musicians Mobile will bring South Bay families together for their annual student-based Piano Pop concert. More than 15 “bands-for-a-day” will  consist of friends and families playing together and singing songs by Journey, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and more. This event is free to the public, allowing residents to join the fun and support the efforts of local music students in a professional environment.

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And the Scholarship Winner Is….

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 Virtual Showcase!

“Meaning Through Music”

We had 19 amazing performances this year, along with some incredible speeches on why music has meaning for our students.

Top Performance:

 Matthew Teh
“Pirates of the Caribbean”
arr. Jarrod Radnich
Piano Solo

Top Introductory Speech:

Kavita Sundaram
Kavita Sundaram
“Rainbow Connection”
arr. Faber
Vocal Solo with piano

Musicians Mobile Introduces “Meaning Through Music” Scholarship Opportunity

As we wrap up our summer session, we wanted to provide our students with the opportunity to showcase their favorite pieces; one that uses our new online community and allows them to perform for people in a unique and exciting way. Best of all, it’s a scholarship and awards opportunity for all of our students to receive fun prizes, certificates, and best of all, scholarships from Musicians Mobile and H324!

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Teacher Spotlight- Colin Wins Big!

Musicians Mobile has extraordinary students. Behind these students are extraordinary families, an extraordinary community, and extraordinary teachers. One such example is Colin Gailey, our June 2013 Teacher Spotlight!

How Colin Got His Start:

Like many students, Colin began playing guitar as a young teenager. Also like many of our students, Colin aspired to be like his musical hero, Joe Satriani. “At fourteen, after watching Satriani, I knew that playing guitar was what I wanted to do with my life. Listening to Satriani encouraged me to always get to that next level,” he says.

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Student Spotlight- Rachael Achieves Scholarships!

Saratoga, Calif., June 7, 2013 Lynbrook High School senior, Musicians Mobile student and Saratoga resident Rachael Chambers embodies a vision of success. In a world growing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and dwindling in the arts, Rachael has defied the odds and not only been accepted into prestigious music schools around the country, but has also been offered scholarships to help her follow her dreams.

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