Category: Music Education Blog

Posting by Craig and guest educators about music education, music appreciation and mentoring children and students.

How to help kid to practice without fights

I’ve scoured the Internet and also my personal brain for some ideas to help you encourage you kids to practice with out fights, tantrums, tears or general nastiness – enjoy. Charlotte Kufchak came up with this absolutely brilliant way of rewarding her children for practicing. The family got together and painted a bunch of beans lively …

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Why so much? The anatomy of a violin price.

One question that I am frequently asked buy customers is what is the difference in between a violin costing $ to one costing $$ or even $$$$$$$. Then to answer their own question with a question they will invariably ask, “Is it the wood?” The answer is yes, it is the wood… and a whole …

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The Pied Piper of the Purple Sage – Part 2 9/20/2014

There is something in the human psyche that loves a story about someone with such uncommon belief and vision that they can accomplish what the experts, skeptics, pragmatists and naysayers say is impossible and do it with panache. A stuttering shepherd named Moses leads a rag-tag slave race to the promised land, Babe Ruth points …

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The Pied Piper of the Purple Sage – Part 1 8/26/2014

Most people don’t know where the first youth symphony in the US was formed. It wasn’t in the cultured halls of Boston, New York, Chicago or even the privates schools of upstart Seattle on the wild west coast. No, the first youth symphony in the United States was formed in 1912 in then remote and …

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Chill – Keeping the Joy in Our Music

Yo-Yo Ma is one of the greatest cello artists in the world. He also seem like a pretty nice guy and someone who is not afraid to take a few chances. It wasn’t long ago that he teamed up with some of the finest contemporary bluegrass musicians in the world to create some great genre …

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The Horror Story!!! Buying musical instruments online 5/23/2014

Cue in the big scary macabre organ music. In the 1960s I would watch a cheesy TV program in LA called Chiller that would show old Sci Fi and horror movies. The announcer would come on in his most ominous voice saying, “It’s time for…Chiller!” There would be a big organ hit playing some ghastly …

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The Good Stuff – Part Two: Great Music 5/10/2014

In the first part I discussed the vitality of experiencing live music as a listener and as a musician. I called it, “the good stuff.” I want to explore the idea of good music a little more deeply this time, especially where it relates to the quality of our lives and that of our children. …

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The Good Stuff – Part 1: The Joy of Live Music 4/1/2014

I may have mentioned at one point that we have only had recorded music on a flat disk record since 1899 (Edison wax cylinders were available about twenty years earlier). The first commercial radio station went on the air in 1920. That is not really very long ago. For the vast,vast majority of human history …

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Bring the Thunder – The Magnificent Upright Bass 3/06/2014

Okay, confession time. It’s like a 12 step program. I stand up and say, “Hello, my name is Craig and I am a Bass addict.” Indeed, I am an unrepentant, unapologetic, unabashed, knuckle dragging, thump craving bass junkie. I love it in all it’s forms and incarnations – be it called Upright Bass, Double Bass, …

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How to Beat those Practicing Blues – Guest Post by Brian Eliason, Eliason School of Music

Most parent’s do not expect their children to become professional musicians, but they would love to see their children enjoy music for the long term, hopefully playing through their adult years for enjoyment. The truth about practicing any instrument is that the path of learning is a winding and bumpy road, full of highs and …

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