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Piano Diploma: Why Would You Go For That?

There are many paths to playing the piano. Some like the idea of starting young and growing in artistry. Others like the idea of starting at an older age and trying their hand(s) at playing a musical instrument. What are you aiming to do? If you've been following The CMajor Radio Show, you may have heard CMajor discuss commitment to playing, practicing the piano and music-making and wellness. CMajor will offer ideas about growing as a pianist. The next CMajor Radio Show is literally for...


Faint Memory: CMajor's Tutorial on a Piano Song

In this special episode of The CMajor Radio Show, CMajor will talk about Faint Memory in more detail. Faint Memory is one of CMajor's signature solo piano songs. It's a fan favorite that starts with a CMajor scale. It's in the key of CMajor. It starts with CMajor and ends with CMajor. But, what's happening in between?! CMajor will also talk a little bit about the story behind the song. Get ready for a description of scales, intervals, chords, letter names of notes and melody. That's next...


Committing to Music Making: How Long Does That Take?

When is it okay to quit piano? That's a real life question that came up in a recent teachers' meeting that CMajor attended. The thought of quitting something that I personally love to do was startling to me. But, what if in the grand scheme of things that piano lessons are just that, something that you graduate from and then stop? This next CMajor Radio Show episode is for parents who are academic focused. You see music making as something that your child will do only for a certain amount...


Paparazzi Piano: Capturing Lessons on Mobile Devices and 'Sharenting'

Recently, CMajor got the surprise of her life when she discovered that she had been videotaped teaching piano lessons to one of her students. The owner of the video was a parent who was so proud of his child that he couldn't help but capture the moment with his cellphone. There it was--CMajor pointing to the page and talking to a student about how to improve his playing of Old MacDonald. I was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't realized how much this moment meant to the parent. So much so,...


Piano for Moms: Re-Capturing Your Youth Through Piano Lessons

Happy Mother's Day!--Mother's Day weekend was just a few days ago, but CMajor is wishing the best for all moms who are working hard to ensure their children have a chance at music-making. Additionally, CMajor is encouraging moms who are getting back into music making themselves. Go for it!--There is no time like the present. With all of the beneftis of technology and apps that are available, you can make all of the music that you want these days. You are the mom who took piano lessons as a...


Practicing Music Theory Over the Summer: How Do You Do That?

Practicing Music Theory Over the Summer: How Do You Do That? CMajor has some ideas for helping you think through your music making. "Music is made out of fixed sounds like those produced by the keys on a keyboard. Each key produces its own sound--a sound which is higher or lower than the sounds produced by any of the other keys--and it always produces the same sound. Different types of instruments produce their sounds in different ways but it is easiest to understand how musical notes are...


Getting Ready for Spring and Summer: Piano Lessons During the Warmer Months

CMajor has some tips to offer if you are planning to take piano lessons throughout the spring and summer months. It's the warmest time of the year in many places throughout the world, including the United States. So, if you live in the Greater New York City area, for instance, how are you planning to take advantage of great outside weather and grow in your piano playing? In my experience, students and parents can work with the teacher to shift availability for the lessons. When I was...


Helping Parents Understand Their Children's Music Making: Music Theory Basics

CMajor is on a help parents understand their children's music making. So many times parents just don't understand music theory basics. How can you help your child and encourage your child to stick with music when you have not studied music basics yourself? I've been talking with parents that come to me with tears in their eyes asking me to do something to motivate their child to practice. Listen in to the next CMajor Radio Show. CMajor will go over some music basics and will...


Making Music Theory Practice Fun and Interesting

If you are tuning in to this episode, you've probably thought about ways you can up your game as a musician through music theory. There are so many great videos out there on YouTube about music theory practice. All over the internet you can find professors and instructors who've made music theory practice their lifelong work. They can help others discover the best way to execute their sound. However, they may not be artists themselves. CMajor has been watching videos of experts who make...


Upgrading Your Piano: Upgrading Your Sound

Upgrading Your Piano: Upgrading Your Sound is about investing in an instrument that will take you far in your music making. CMajor has experience with students who are looking to buy a better piano or a better sounding instrument. They wonder if they should purchase a real piano or if they should get a top of the line digital piano. The difference is that one has to be tuned and the other doesn't. You may feel biased toward one or the other. If you are a classically trained pianist, for...


Taking a Music Theory Exam: What's it all about?

Hello and welcome to the CMajor Radio Show--CMajor is talking to you about taking a music theory exam. In this episode she will talk mainly to adults and senior adults who have little or no experience in learning to play a musical instrument. What is it all about? What will you need to know? That depends on where you are in your exam preparation. What would you like to be tested on in terms of music theory topics? Are you comfortable with letter names of notes yet? What about Intervals?...


Making Your Music Making Dreams Come True: Through Music Theory Practice

Bring out the music in you...through Music Theory Practice. Sound good? Or does it sound impossible? One way you can make your music making dreams come true is to learn how to practice music theory. Then after you learn the rules, you can break them in your own way. Remember, the base definition of music is "organized sound". It doesn't matter how you organize it, just get it done! CMajor is also in the process of learning more about 'sync licensing'. It's a hot topic! Let's take this...


Recital Time!--How to Prepare for Your Special Performance Day

Are you ready to show off in a more formal event? If so, CMajor has some tips for you. The Recital Time episode is for teachers, students and parents. What should you prepare to play? How long should the pieces be? How many pieces are typical for an event like this? Will this take longer than one hour? What about the recital location? Where do I park? How do I dress? Can I be first on the list of performers? What is the order of students? What about taking a bow at the end of my...


Attending Open Mic Nights: What to Do to Show Off Your Sound

Have you ever attended an open mic night? Are you thinking about attending one? What are some things you can expect if you are new to performing? Some of my students are starting to master their music making to the point of being able to share their songs with others in a public forum. Other students are choosing to make music in front of their families and friends in a more private setting. CMajor encourages either approach. But, if you are thinking about going out to make music here are...


Taking the Next Steps in Music Theory: Learning Eighth Notes and Sixteenth Notes

Have your eyes ever grown big when you open up a piece of music and see a bunch of eighth notes and sixteenth notes and other beamed notes? When shorter sounds are written on a page of music, the signs can be intimidating. One of my younger beginner students is already able to talk about thirty-second notes and sixty-fourth notes, while other students are wondering if such notes exist. They do. Tune in to the next CMajor Radio Show to find out the various parts of written signs. FInd out...


Building Music Making Steadily Over Time: The Twelve-Year Plan

Have you ever thought about what it will take to play an instrument? Do you think it will take a short amount of time or a long amount of time? Maybe a better question is--Who are you trying to impress with your music making? CMajor will talk to you about making music for the long term. She recently spoke with a jazz musician who stated that music making is just tied to listening. "Just put on some records and listen...and you'll be fine." I agreed with him. That's one way to make music...


Win the Battle of Music Making: Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice

Do you want to know why Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice is a new approach? If you practice 5 to 6 minutes a day 5 days a week you'll start to see improvement in your music making. If you don't you won't. I used to say to students if you practice 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week you'll see success in your music making. If you don't you won't. I find that I can no longer say the latter with my students. I live in the Greater New York City area and everyone is busy, too busy...


Everyone Learning to Read: Staying Away from Confusion in Your Music Making

Hello all. Thank you for listening to the CMajor Radio Show! I really appreciate your time and attention. In the next episode, CMajor will talk about how to stay away from confusion when you are making music. Her own students sometimes express that they are confused. CMajor wants you to be confident when it comes to music theory, especially. Music should never be tricky or puzzling. And, when you have finally mastered your piece, you can "show off". Talk to your music teacher or the head...


Do Beats Come in Groups? -- Changing Your Music Making Game with Time Signatures

CMajor is taking time to explain how music works for everyone learning to read music, her students especially. But what if you are an adult learner trying to get back into music making. You can change your music making game by learning time signatures. Shout out to all of the adult learners who used to take piano lessons as a young student. You have reached the advanced beginner level or beyond. Maybe you took music for a few months or even a few years. I would recommend either private...


Tapping Your Feet to the Beat!--Can You March or Dance to Music?

She's baaaackkkk!--CMajor is back in action and talking about beats. Welcome back to the broadcast. We took a little break to think about how to move forward with The CMajor Radio Show, but now we are aiming to focus more on theory. If you've listened to the previous almost 30 episodes, you know that CMajor has been introducing you to the concept of music making and explaining in her own words how people learn to play the piano. We're still in season 1, so tune in to hear CMajor's...