Why Practicing Scales Is Important

Why Practicing Scales Is Important

If you’re a music student, you’ve probably heard your teacher tell you, “Don’t forget to practice your scales!” once or twice or maybe a thousand times. If you’re anything like me, you would probably groan and quickly play through your scales so you could move onto practicing your pieces. However, scales aren’t just about putting in the time. They give you the opportunity to strip away the dozens of other variables you would otherwise encounter in a piece to expose what is essentially the building blocks of music. Here is a list of reasons why scales are probably the most important thing to practice on a daily basis.

How to Write a Music Resume

How to Write a Music Resume

Before you are invited to audition or interview for your dream job, you will likely have to submit a resume. Resumes are also used to apply for degree programs, scholarships, summer festivals, competitions, grants, and more. An effective resume quickly and efficiently shows the reader your most pertinenet qualifications, skills, and experiences that are relevant to the particular opportunity for which you are applying. There is no one set format for an effective resume, but it is important to showcase relevant content in a compelling way. Here is a list of important content to include in your resume, as well as some free resume templets with formatting examples.

What's In My Music Bag?

What's In My Music Bag?

As cellists, we need so much more than just our instruments. There are a variety of essential accessories that every cellist uses on a daily basis. I like to keep all of my items in a music bag so they are easily accessible and portable. Here is a list of what I put in my music bag, and helpful tips for assembling all the items you need as cellist. 

DIY Adjustments to Make Your Cello Sound Better

DIY Adjustments to Make Your Cello Sound Better

There are many factors that can effect the sound of your instrument, such as changes in temperature or your strings wearing out. If notice your cello sounds muffled, it might be time for a tune-up. Similar to a tune-up on a car, your instrument needs to be adjusted periodically in order to keep it running smoothly. Here is a list of adjustments you can make to improve the sound of your instrument. 

Beta Blockers and a Natural Alternative

Beta Blockers and a Natural Alternative

Beta blockers are used to help the physical response to anxiety. However, they do not help the psychological or emotional response, i.e. your concentration, confidence, doubts, fears, racing thoughts, etc. and may even cause negative side effects. Here is a list of natural supplements to try as an alternative to beta blockers. 

How to Select a Cello for a Beginner

How to Select a Cello for a Beginner

There are many factors to consider when selecting a cello for a beginning student. It can be a challenging process, especially if it's your first time purchasing a musical instrument. Here is a list of basic guidelines to help you choose which instrument to purchase.

Tips for Flying with a Cello

Tips for Flying with a Cello

At some point in your career as a cellist, you will probably find yourself needing to travel across the country or internationally with your instrument. Cellos are a unique problem because they are too big to be taken as a carry on, and too fragile to be checked with the rest of the luggage. Here are some instructions for how to successfully travel with your cello. 

How to Choose a Music School

How to Choose a Music School

The school you attend has a huge impact on your life and career, so deciding where to apply can be a stressful and daunting task. Furthermore, musicians must go through the unique experience of auditioning for schools by either a recording or live audition in front of a panel. This can be an expensive and grueling process, so it is important to consider these critical details before deciding where to apply.