Marching Band Camp Survival Tips

I’ll be honest with you. Band Camp was my least favorite thing in High School. Sure, our band directors and staff tried to make marching all morning in the desert sun and rehearsing music indoors all afternoon with over a hundred sweaty people as fun as possible, but really it was exhausting. Luckily, I was […]

Remote Lesson Tips

Musicians have moved to online lessons during these crazy times. Although having a remote lesson is not quite the same as being in the same room together, they can still be very productive and allow time for other fun musical activities. I have put together a list of some of the best tips for both […]

All State Audition Music 2021 Announced!

We’re here yet again! The audition music for Jazz All State and the regular Band All State has been announced. Time for all high school students to start working on these etudes. Remember: Most bands in the area also use the All State material for chair placements in the fall! Jazz This year, the jazz […]

COVID-19 Statement

Dear Students and Parents, I am closely watching how the COVID-19 outbreak evolves and am trying to make the best decisions about business operations and precautionary health measures for myself, my students, and their families. As part of this commitment, I will continue to take steps to increase the levels of sanitation in the studio.   […]

Favorite Music YouTube Channels

Nowadays, it is so easy to learn a new skill on the internet. My favorite way is through instructional videos. Recently, I learned how to bake and assemble a three-tiered cake for a baking competition just from YouTube baking channels. (I got second place in case you were wondering…) I always like to encourage my […]

Summer Music Lessons

It’s time to schedule summer lessons for students! If you are thinking about starting music lessons for your child, summer is a great time to start. Taking lessons over the summer keeps students’ minds engaged and is a great time to work on different and fun music that they might not have time to work […]

All State 2020 Audition Material Announced!

It’s the time of year that many people either look forward to or wish would wait until after summer. The All State Audition Requirements have been released! For those students who are eager to start working on preparing All State Audition Music, here are the links: Jazz As per usual, there are three etudes for […]

The Importance of Storing Reeds Properly

Taking care of your reeds is a crucial part of playing any reed instrument, but is often a habit that is difficult for young students learn and take seriously. Let’s face it, reeds are expensive! The fact is, the moment we take a reed out of the box and use it for the first time, […]

Practice Challenge

Currently, the Skips A Beat Music studio is holding a practice challenge! In my studio, I aim to have students practice a minimum of 10 minutes a day for 4 or 5 days per week. Sometimes this doesn’t happen and students need a little extrinsic motivation to get in the practice time they need. So, […]