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As a successful solo musician, public speaking is inevitable. In the beginning you’ll MC your recitals, introduce yourself on audition videos, or speak between pieces while on stage to create a more engaging narrative. Over time you may be asked to give interviews for radio, TV, or print media with video links – and you’ll need to create Vlogs and videos to promote yourself online.

 

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You have a concert coming up. You’re excited. You’re getting all your ducks in a row for a successful performance. But you need to make sure you have butts in seats, and chances are you don’t have a big budget to market your event. 

 

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In a perfect world, musicians would have the funds to audition - and tour - their dream music schools in person. This gets pricey and time-consuming if your top choices are far away. Fortunately, schools allow you to audition via video - but that means you have to ensure your finished AV file is good enough for your talent to transcend the digital chasm between you and the judges. 

 

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Ideally, no one should be performing with a cold. In addition to giving yourself a break to recover, performing with a cold exposes fellow musicians and others to your germs. Realistically speaking, musicians have to be pretty sick to cancel their attendance at scheduled concerts or recitals

 

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Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

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While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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As we gear up for Winter Concert Season, your wardrobe may need a little revamping. Once you’ve joined the school orchestra or band, brush up on what the dress code requirements are for concerts and other public engagements.

 

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Hand and finger exercises for cellists are important for multiple reasons. In addition to allowing you to accurately and expressively play your notes, these exercises benefit your well being.

 

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Now that we can all carry around hours of music in our pockets, we’re all living our lives with a constant soundtrack. According to Nielsen, Americans listen to an average of 4.5 hours of music every day. Then add this to the fact that everyone also loves to add music to the videos of life they upload to Facebook or Instagram (watch out for those copyright issues!) 

 

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Did you know dedicated musicians are as prone to injury as their athletic counterparts?  Scientific research shows taking precautions via proper postural technique and proactive physical conditioning, goes a long way in preventing the overuse injuries prevalent in string musicians. 

 

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Developing Your Speaking Voice As A Musician

Developing Your Speaking Voice As A Musician

As a successful solo musician, public speaking is inevitable. In the beginning you’ll MC your recitals, introduce yourself on audition videos, or speak between pieces while on stage to create a more engaging narrative. Over time you may be asked to give interviews for radio, TV, or print media with video links – and you’ll need to create Vlogs and videos to promote yourself online.

 

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5 Steps To Good Publicity Photographs For Musicians

5 Steps To Good Publicity Photographs For Musicians

You have a concert coming up. You’re excited. You’re getting all your ducks in a row for a successful performance. But you need to make sure you have butts in seats, and chances are you don’t have a big budget to market your event. 

 

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6 Tips On Preparing Your Music College Application Video

6 Tips On Preparing Your Music College Application Video

In a perfect world, musicians would have the funds to audition - and tour - their dream music schools in person. This gets pricey and time-consuming if your top choices are far away. Fortunately, schools allow you to audition via video - but that means you have to ensure your finished AV file is good enough for your talent to transcend the digital chasm between you and the judges. 

 

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How To Keep Your Cold At Bay During A Performance

How To Keep Your Cold At Bay During A Performance

Ideally, no one should be performing with a cold. In addition to giving yourself a break to recover, performing with a cold exposes fellow musicians and others to your germs. Realistically speaking, musicians have to be pretty sick to cancel their attendance at scheduled concerts or recitals

 

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5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

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What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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The Best Bets In Concert Wear

The Best Bets In Concert Wear

As we gear up for Winter Concert Season, your wardrobe may need a little revamping. Once you’ve joined the school orchestra or band, brush up on what the dress code requirements are for concerts and other public engagements.

 

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Hand And Finger Exercises For Cellists

Hand And Finger Exercises For Cellists

Hand and finger exercises for cellists are important for multiple reasons. In addition to allowing you to accurately and expressively play your notes, these exercises benefit your well being.

 

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How To Choose Inspirational Music For Events

How To Choose Inspirational Music For Events

Now that we can all carry around hours of music in our pockets, we’re all living our lives with a constant soundtrack. According to Nielsen, Americans listen to an average of 4.5 hours of music every day. Then add this to the fact that everyone also loves to add music to the videos of life they upload to Facebook or Instagram (watch out for those copyright issues!) 

 

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Yoga For Cellists

Yoga For Cellists

Did you know dedicated musicians are as prone to injury as their athletic counterparts?  Scientific research shows taking precautions via proper postural technique and proactive physical conditioning, goes a long way in preventing the overuse injuries prevalent in string musicians. 

 

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