Monthly - May 2018
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It’s that time again! Time to show what
you’ve learned all year long to family, friends and your fellow musicians! You
couldn’t possibly be nervous, right?
Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Some
of the most confident musicians like Luciano Pavarotti and Michael Jackson to
Taylor Swift, have all admitted to having stage fright before the show.
Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen would not admit it for years, until he realized that it would help other musicians to know that it’s a perfectly natural thing to feel.
Musicians as well as stage actors put so
much effort in trying not to
be nervous, they wind up being exhausted and having more anxiety than ever
What’s the answer? Don’t fight it!
Believe it or not, it’s good to have stage fright! That nervous energy can be
converted into performance energy!
Even though it won’t completely disappear, here are some methods to reduce your anxiety. You already know the first one…
1. Practice! The more you practice, the more confident you will be. Not only that, your hands will have muscle memory from practicing and “magically” know what to do!
2. Eating habits. Don’t be too hungry or too thirsty before a performance. Make sure you eat at least two hours before performing; you don’t want your stomach to be louder than your instrument!
3. You’re not alone. You have an audience of other musicians just like you! Everyone is nervous, and everyone is wishing you the very best.
4. Don’t Worry. “What if I make a mistake?” First and foremost, don’t be hard on yourself. Every performer has made a mistake on stage and that’s okay! Have a sense of humor about it and keep going.
5. Relax. Take a deep breath or two. It’s not a competition; each one of you has something to contribute to your audience. Your teachers couldn’t be more proud that you worked hard for them and yourself.
Remember, you have a whole month to practice. Picture yourself enjoying showing off all your hard work. Look forward to the day and celebrating afterwards!
Student Of The Month
People seem to get confused when you
mention in-home lessons. “Doesn’t that get uncomfortable?” What people don’t
realize is it only becomes uncomfortable if you or the family makes it
This is where Ella Damico comes in. First off, this girl has one of the best ears in music. She can hear a song once and be able to play it right back to you, and she can also transpose any song at the top of a hat.
Besides her ear, her and her family are the kindest souls I have ever met. As I was leaving their house one day, I was asked if I could just follow the kids through college, because I “am basically family now.”
And that right there is the reason I do in-home lessons.So thank you, Ella, for making me part of your family.
- Laura Carione, Piano Teacher
Congratulations Ella! Your framed Certificate of Achievement is on the way!
Interview with Ella Damico
What instruments do you play?
How long have you been taking piano lessons? 6 ½ years.
Who are your favorite musical
David Bowie and Camila Cabello.
What are your other hobbies besides
tennis, and cats.
Favorite food? Pork roll
and raw cookie dough!
What is the coolest thing you’ve
learned in your lessons the past 3 months? Being able to play newer songs.
Mark Your Calendars!
Piano & Guitar Recitals June 3rd, 2018
at the Cherry Hill Public Library!
Did you know that certain types of food are good for focus and memory? The same foods are also good to help ease stress.
Broccoli, spinach, avocados and beets are probably among your favorites (cough, cough). Not quite? Okay, walnuts, salmon, blueberries, and celery may be more to your taste.
These brain foods are rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals which provide energy and benefit both your mind and body.
The best on the list is dark chocolate! It is full of flavonols, which have antioxidants. Dark chocolate can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart.
Success looks easy for music
professionals, but if you ask what is just as important as practicing, it’s
patience. Being patient isn’t an easy thing these days. The pressures are
enormous for both adults and kids to do more things, faster, in a single day
than ever before.
Of course you will get faster as your confidence grows, but you need to know you can take your time when learning your musical skills. Luckily for you learning an instrument can slow things down and develop patience you need to help balance things out in life too.
Patience is a skill that many people do
not have and this will give you the advantage, like a superpower! How? Patient
people think things through to avoid difficult situations that others tend to
fall into. Patience also becomes a structure for kindness and compassion toward
Patience in creating a song also can be applied when listening to a song. Lyrics and individual instruments in a song should be clear and individually recognized. Songs that are put together too quickly, blending the instruments and electronic vocals may be fun for the moment, but they are most likely to be forgettable.
A good example of a well written song is to
listen to a song from decades ago. Take time out and listen to “Free Bird” by Lynyrd
Skynyrd below. Not only
will you appreciate music more but be challenged to write your own songs.
Are there any other songs you can think of that stand the test of time? Ask your teacher or a family member what song instantly comes to mind for them. Then, try to think of a song of today that will stand the test of time.
“Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
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