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The Piano

The Glorious, Glamorous Piano – The piano is one of the most popular instruments—and for good reason. It provides a great foundation for building music skills. As such, it’s a great idea to play piano even if you play other instruments. The piano belongs to the keyboard family of instruments. However, some like to call it a stringed instrument, since it has strings inside. Others claim it’s actually a percussion instrument because the hammers hit the strings to make sound.

New: Musical Instrument Gallery!

To help kids learn about musical instruments, My Dream Teacher just opened its very own online Gallery. This exciting virtual showroom gives quick information about all kinds of modern musical instruments—how they work, what instrument family they belong to, and how to properly care for … Continue Reading

From Organist To Surgeon

Better study up on organ anatomy.   The organist is dubbed organ doctor when the machine breaks down.   The organ is a huge, intimidating instrument.   What happens when it breaks?   Who do you call in to fix it?   The best technician … Continue Reading

Classical Doesn't Mean "Stuffy"

Classical Doesn’t Mean “Stuffy”!

How Pops Orchestras Keep Music Fun

For many people, classical music is the gold standard for serious artistry.   However, many non-musicians assume that all classical music is always serious.   On the contrary, classical music is much more versatile than that!   It is fun, humorous, witty, and even irreverent … Continue Reading

Heritage Treatment Center Presents the Power of

Musical Theater

Some schools merely instruct, but Heritage inspires.   This weekend I took my family and some friends to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Heritage Center Stage.   It was charming, cute, and full of heart—but we didn’t just have a good time. … 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

How to Enjoy Opera

How to Enjoy an Opera

Opera going is not like movie going.   Most movie-goers want to know just enough about the plot to be interested in seeing the film.   They don’t want to know too much about how the story unfolds—or how it ends—because it spoils their fun. … 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

The Mahler Effect

The Mahler Effect

A great dissertation idea for a daring music student.   I was so moved the first time I saw Gustav Mahler Conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.   It may not look extraordinary in a pixilated rendering, but its life-size original … Continue Reading

Treasure Negative Feedback

Treasure Negative Remarks and Feedback

The critique that hurts actually helps the most. Open rebuke is better than secret love (Proverbs 27:5). A few years ago, a good friend of mine related to me what had happened to him during an audition for a prestigious company. After singing his songs, … 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