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The Song of the Saxophone

If you’re considering playing the saxophone as your instrument of choice or even making it your full-time profession and are wondering what sort of music lends itself to the sax other than jazz, keep reading. Invented in 1846 by Adolphe Sax, this warm sounding instrument, which is a combination of woodwind and brass instruments, was [...]

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Voice Classification for Non-classical Musicians

Voice classification is a tool used by singers, composers, venues and listeners to categorise voice type and vocal properties of singers based on several important criteria.   Choral singers are classified into voice parts based on vocal range whereas solo singers are classified into a voice type based more on where their voice feels most [...]

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Why Music Exams Are Beneficial

Exams of any sort can be a fairly rigorous experience but when you’re working hard to make progress with your music, taking music exams is a good way to recognise your success and give you the reassurance that you’re on the right track.  As an added bonus, you can also earn credit points on your [...]

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Viola vs Violin: What’s the Difference?

Each musical instrument has a unique voice in the way they sound and are played, all adding invaluable beauty to any piece of music. But what is the difference between a viola vs violin? Both are string instruments that originated in Italy in the 16th century and are held under the chin and played with [...]

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What Music Teaches Your Children

Is it a toss-up between rugby, gymnastics or learning the guitar? We all want the best for our children and as parents we want them to explore as many facets of life as possible within the controlled environment that home life offers. If you’re still undecided, we’d like to comment on what music teaches your [...]

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Right Age to Start Music Lessons?

We are often asked what the “right age” is when thinking about music lessons for kids. The truth of the matter is that there is no “right” age at all, and it depends very much on the reason a parent wants to enrol their child in music lessons. Let’s consider a few factors which may [...]

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The Fine Art of Public Speaking Begins Now

What could be more frightening than snakes? As it happens, public speaking tops the most feared list along with a host of social phobias which include eating in front of people. The reason why people are so terrified of public speaking varies from person to person, but the fear remains. It stands to reason then, [...]

By | December 19th, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on The Fine Art of Public Speaking Begins Now

Learning Improvisation Skills for Drama and for Life

Many of us have watched the live improv show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and have been thoroughly entertained by the seamless, witty backwards and forwards between the skilled actors. Their improvisation skills are excellent and result in a unique and hilarious performance. Improvisation is taught as part of our drama curriculum but is so [...]

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What Are Violin Strings Made From – And Why Does it Matter?

If you’re new to music and have chosen the violin and your instrument of choice, it’s very possible that you’re focused more on finger placement and what seems like an impossible set of instructions from your music teacher, than on what your violin strings are made of. However, as you progress in your musical career, [...]

By | October 7th, 2018|Articles, News|Comments Off on What Are Violin Strings Made From – And Why Does it Matter?

The Power of Music’s Healing Vibrations Relieve Stress

We all know by now that everything is energy, right? We know energy moves in waves of different frequencies. Today’s researchers, using photography, brain scans and the like can prove the powerful effect of sound waves on the body. Stress, anxiety, chronic pain and depression can and are markedly affected by music. Not all music [...]

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Musicians Build Confidence And Creativity With Improvisation Training

Accredited to the legendary composer-teacher John Paynter is the commitment to championing a place for music within a child’s general education. Where that hasn’t happened for one reason or another, there are music schools to teach music as a subject. A school of music that incorporates improvisation training is an added bonus for those considering music [...]

By | August 15th, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Musicians Build Confidence And Creativity With Improvisation Training

Ensemble Classes – Teaching You To Play Nicely With Others.

Ensemble classes are a super-fun and comfortably informal way of easing out of your solo space and into a group musical effort. Most music students are more than a little nervous to play in front of people while they are still learning. They get used to the safety of the one-on-one lessons with their tutor [...]

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Theatre Production Art – Creating the Pictures For The Performance

When the lights dip and the first tremulous chords of the orchestra begin, we can’t help but sit forward in our theatre seats in eager anticipation. Yes, this dimly-lit room will be our fantasy playground for the next hour or so, where we watch fantastical tales unfold with fairy-tale characters and stirring music. So many [...]

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Learning Acapella – Your Ticket To A Successful Singing Career

Acapella. If you are unsure of exactly what this is or why you should consider learning acapella, take a few minutes to watch this awesome rendition of Havana by acapella group Pentatonix. Beautiful isn’t it? What is Acapella? Acapella has its roots in religious singing, and is Italian for “in the manner of the chapel.” [...]

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Why Encourage Art Classes For Your Children?

We believe that art has many children. Obviously, here at Keyboard Magic we have a love for music, but we have recently incorporated art classes into our selection of courses. Why should you consider including drawing, painting and sculpting into your child’s world of learning? From the time they could hold a pencil, young children [...]

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The Business of Bonding with Bandmates

Being a member of a band is much like being a member of a team in any endeavour. Many members yes, but one vision. Everyone needs to be on the same page. Easier said than done. Here are four bottom-line principles that successful bands put in place to promote bandmate bonding in the business of [...]

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Joining a band

Calling Singers, Songwriters And Musicians - Come And Join The Band! Anyone can form a band and many did - starting in a home garage! What we learned from those early youthful attempts though was that a band, even with talented musicians, is only as good as the level of cooperation and support given to [...]

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How Real Artists Start their Music Career

Click edit button to change this text.You didn’t think Steve Jobs would something helpful for starting a music career, did you? “Real Artists Ship” he said. Meaning? That any Creativity has to be followed by Activity – it’s all about delivering to your customers. Here are some tips. Get Your Foot In The Door The [...]

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Buying a Guitar – What You Need to Know When Starting Out

So you’ve been itching to learn music but you aren’t sure where to start? Many people are put off a musical path simply because of the cost of the musical instrument. If the key to success is “practice, practice, practice” then you really will benefit from having your chosen instrument at home. However, this is [...]

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….And All That Jazz Singing!

It’s hard to confine the richness and beauty that is Jazz music into the rigidity of a definition. How do you constrain the range and diversity of this genre into a neat and tidy word package? Essentially, I suppose, it’s a fusion of African, spiritual, pop, blues, and ragtime, born in the African-American communities of [...]

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The Secret Ingredient: Microphone Technique

All too often, microphone technique is overlooked as a key skill that you’ll need to master … before you master the stage. Yes, you can sing, and your stage performance is amazing. But your routine can come undone pretty quickly if you aren’t trained up in mic technique. We’ve seen so many budding artists sing [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Do you need Natural Talent to Play Music?

If you have a desire to play music, being naturally talented is not a primary factor, although it might make it easier in the beginning. While there are many naturally talented musicians that can excel due to their gift for music, there are other less talented sorts who have taken their passion to play music [...]

By | September 11th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Does your heart beat to the sound of a Drum?

Drumming is an ancient tradition that has been used in every culture for many purposes from therapeutic practices to religious rituals and sporting events. Drumming is also a tool of communication. Shamans used drums as a means to reach an altered plain so that they could connect with a spiritual dimension. When taking up playing [...]

By | August 17th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Improving Communication through Drama

We live in an age of communication and being able to do this effectively is considered one of the most important skills a person can have. Receptive and expressive language (speaking), is an important aspect of effective communication in terms of language skills. Those who are proficient at communication will find more success in life [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Learning to Read Music

If you’re learning to play an instrument it makes sense to learn to read music as you learn your instrument. While learning to read music is rather like learning to read another language, it isn’t necessarily as complicated as you may imagine once you get into it. Like with all learning processes, practice makes perfect. [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments