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Are Piano Fingerings THAT Important?

There has always been a debate between teachers and students over the fingerings written in scores. Even Bach wrote fingerings out for his students to use! I constantly have to remind students to use the fingering written and they always counter with a whiny, “why can’t I just use my own fingering!” It’s very frustrating

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Hesitating Between Transitions? Here’s How To Fix It.

In the past week of teaching, I’ve noticed a problem among most students learning new pieces or songs. All seem to have pauses or hesitations throughout their music–even if from memory–in transitional places. You know what I’m talking about. You hear someone play a song and things are going well, but when a different section

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2 Great Benefits Of Participating in Music Recitals

Students that take lessons with Zera Music Company have the opportunity to participate in music recitals several times per year. These recitals can be a great way to showcase the progress a student has made on their instrument and give them something big to practice for. Students that participate in these recitals will gain confidence

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Should Your Little Guitarist Start On Electric Or Acoustic?

If your child wants to start learning to play the guitar you have to decide between purchasing them an electric or acoustic guitar. Which type of guitar is a better fit for your child depends on several factors, which I will cover here briefly. Most importantly, you want to pick the type of guitar that

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The Most Often Ignored Part Of Practicing

Practicing is undoubtedly the most important part of advancing as a musician. However, many of us aren’t living up to our full practice potential. (I mentioned this in my article 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Practicing Backwards; check it out for some other tips on practice!). Practicing can be daunting and boring, especially for

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Your Brain On Music

Healthy Brain, Healthy Life We all enjoy listening to music for fun, but did you know that music also has the potential to positively affect your health? There have been many studies done at Johns Hopkins and other top tier universities that show the positive effects music has on your brain’s ability to learn, remember,

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4 Reasons Why You Should Be Practicing Backward

We’ve all heard the adage “practice makes perfect.” But there’s a better one out there to follow: “perfect practice makes perfect.” When you practice something enough, you really learn it…perfectly. But this can also include mistakes. That’s why it is important to practice perfectly. Unfortunately, there are many “wrong” ways to practice. And one of

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“Why should my child take music lessons?”

As one who has grown up surrounded by music, I tend to think I’m biased. But then research is done, studies come out, and I pick up my phone to call my parents and thank them for my upbringing in music. From a personal standpoint, music has shaped how I view the world. It adds

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3 Genres To Spice Up Your Musical Palette

There are probably as many genres of music out there as there are grains of sand on all the world’s beaches. Well, maybe not quite that many, but it can feel that way when you browse through music streaming services trying to find something new to listen to. Discovering new music is always a joy.

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How Often Should I Tune My Piano?

If you are reading this article, it’s probably time to tune your piano. Maybe the notes sound a bit strange or you cannot remember the last time it was tuned. The dreaded cost and an afternoon with a stranger in the house causes most people to put it off. But it is extremely important for

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