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Check back regularly to see the latest & upcoming events and announcements from DoRayMi Lessons! The calendar is regularly updated with all of the information you’ll need to stay up-to-date.

How to raise a music prodigy

How to raise a music prodigy

Recently I was invited to write a blog entitled “How to raise a music prodigy”.  While the cringe-worthy title has some obvious pitfalls, let’s examine the reasons behind it for a moment. It was immediately clear to me that the person extending this invitation was not...

Trouble reading notes? Try these tricks!

Oftentimes I come across students, especially younger students who have some difficulty reading music at first. Here are some of my suggestions for at home practice: Make it a fun, multi-sensory and colorful learning process! I use pipe cleaners, play dough, crayons,...

Music and The Brain

LEARNING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT CAN BENEFIT YOUR BRAIN IN SO MANY WAYS!  HERE ARE JUST A FEW: Improve literacy/reading fluency Increase spatial awareness Improve focus Improve motoric coordination Improve sequencing skills Raise IQ Improve multi-tasking skills Help you...

Music and Your Toddler

HOW DO MUSIC CLASSES BENEFIT TODDLERS? Music experiences can enhance your child's social skills, literacy and speech comprehension, emotional regulation and more!  These informative reads illuminate the importance of music development for young children. Language...

How to Deal with Nasal Singing Voice

How to Deal with Nasal Singing Voice

Nasal resonance in singing is often something we want. That clean ring to a sound helps to carry it and make it beautifully clear. However, nasality, the nasal sound that often afflicts some singers is usually not what we want. Here are some ways to remedy this...

How to Sightread Successfully for the Piano Student: Part 2

How to Sightread Successfully for the Piano Student: Part 2

I have been working with many of my piano students recently on sightreading, and emphasizing the importance of being able to pick up a piece and fumble through it.  My experiences have led me to some interesting discoveries about common pitfalls of students when...

PSA for Singers (and everyone else too!)

Tis the season!  For colds, stomach bugs, strep and more!  Bah Humbug!  Don’t fret, though.  You can prevent getting sick by following some of these tips: 1.        Wash your hands!  We all know this, but you will want to do it thoroughly, and often.  Wash your hands...

Looking for a Piano or Keyboard? Read these tips first

I often hear from new students asking about purchasing keyboards or pianos.  While I am not a piano technician or repair person and by no means the final authority on this subject, I do have some suggestions to keep in mind as you begin your search.  Here are some...

When Is It Too Young to Start Lessons?

Is your toddler showing an interest in the piano?  Four year old likes to sing a long with all her Disney favorites?  Does thismean they are ready for lessons?  Maybe, maybe not.  There are a few things you should consider before enrolling your young child in lessons:...

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Activities and Resources to Encourage Practice for Kids!

Looking for ways to motivate your child to practice?  Look no further!  Below are some fantastic resources and activities for kids who need a little push to get them started! Jumbo Songs (some understanding of music reading required) Many kids get frustrated trying to...

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Seven reasons to gift music lessons this Christmas

Do you have a loved one or child who wants to learn music?  Or perhaps you’d like to treat yourself this holiday season to some lessons and learn to play some seasonal classics?  Here are seven reasons to give yourself or someone you love the gift of music this year....

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Healing musical wounds – Part 1

A couple years ago I had a blog on the ways to deal with performance anxiety. More years teaching have passed and I’d like to think I’m a little older and wiser (maybe 😉) about this heated topic. The truth is that extreme stage fright usually comes from old wounds...

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The Elusive Head Voice

A major concern of many beginning students is expanding their range.  So many potential singers subscribe to the belief that they “just can’t sing high”.  Many are shocked when in the first lesson with me, they are able to reach pitches as much as an octave or more (8...

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