Technique

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Turn Any Setback into Success

Sometimes a huge setback can fuel your greatest success.   After two surgeries on her hand, concert pianist Isabelle Jeannet was forced to put her performance career on hold.   During this time, she intensely studied hand movements of many great piano masters.   What she learned dramatically transformed her concept of playing piano, and formed the foundation of her current teaching method.   Today this native of Switzerland teaches advanced piano students and performs all around the world.   She performs solo works, accompanies singers, and is a featured … Continue Reading

Tune a Violin

How to Tune a Violin

My Dream Teacher is proud to release its very first video: How to Tune a Violin for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Players.   This clever slideshow shows you how to tune your violin for the very first time in the simplest way possible.   As … Continue Reading

Famous Opera Singer

Stop Criticizing Famous Singers!

Okay, classical singers, it’s confession time.   We’ve all done it.   While watching a world-famous opera singer perform, we take joy in tearing her technique to shreds.   Though sometimes in jest, we usually express a sense of outrage.   How can she get … Continue Reading

5 Benefits of Audio Learning

5 Benifits of Imitation and Audio Learning

How listening to recordings helps students develop musicality. While learning new pieces, most teachers encourage their students to listen to recordings.   Social media facilitates this, bringing videos and sound clips to millions of people who never would have accessed them otherwise.   Watching and … Continue Reading

Is This Teacher Right for Me

Quiz: Is This Music Teacher Right for Me?

How do you know if your current music teacher is the best fit for your needs?   How “good”other people think your teacher is has nothing to do with whether or not the teacher is a good fit for you.   Every student has unique … Continue Reading

Make It Through a Sad Song

How to Sing a Sad Song without Crying

Singing a tragic tune is rough. Just one teardrop will muddle the clarity of the voice. Learn the tricks to get over the tears. When I began studying the role of Lily in The Secret Garden musical, I could not get through her songs without … Continue Reading

Classical Concert Etiquette

7 Rules of Classical Concert Etiquette

Angry tweets and Facebook posts abound amongst my friends who attend classical concerts. Hardly a month goes by in which I don’t read somebody’s rant against a rude person talking or texting during the performance.   You might have read a few rants yourself. The … Continue Reading