Category: Practice

In Service Day Chamber Music

    Below is the schedule for the in-service day Chamber Music program at MCMC this coming Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 9:00AM-noon).  Please bring a music stand if you have one and a check made out to the Middlebury Community Music Center or cash for $25.  Snacks will be provided during breaks! Short art

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Middlebury Caroling Orchestra Party

Middlebury Caroling Orchestra Party Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 2-4PM   New location:   Congregational Church Unity Hall 30 North Pleasant street Middlebury, VT 05753 Musicians and singers of all ages are invited to sightread or sing traditional carols at the 4th Annual Middlebury Community Music Center Caroling Party!  Vocal and Instrumental parts will be

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Repost: What it’s like to audition at Juilliard. When you’re 11. — Penelope Trunk

This account by Penelope Trunk describes what is is like to parent a child on a track for Juilliard.  Her account is facinating, personal and feels authentic.  Check it out… The first round of auditions for Juilliard’s pre-college program is by video. From December to March my son practiced for three hours a day to

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Grounding mid lesson

Gabby Bernstein’s blog post, Meditation to prevent freaking out has instruction for a breathing practice that is useful for many situations.   I’ve found that it works well to calm down and speed up the practice of falling asleep.  I’ve also used it to prevent myself from interrupting a student when they are sawing away and I

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Practicing Every Day

I am procrastinating my own practice by writing this blog post.   I love practicing, but the transition from snuggling on the couch with my laptop and dog is no easy task.   Motivating my son to practice not one but two instruments is not my favorite thing.   But the actual practice — not

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Supported Practice

During the early days of musical instrument practice, practice is about carving out time for practice and developing the discipline to practice.  Incorporation of practice into the daily life of a family usually takes effort, not only by the student but by other members of the family.  It is usually a struggle at first to add

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