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How To Be a Powerful Performer

1.Confidence- put on your super hero mask and do the “power pose,” even if you don't feel confident. You may be surprised at how you feel afterward. 2.Take a bow- it is so important to give a good bow after your performance. Remember that you are thanking the audience for listening. We practice this a lot during Workshop Week, but practice at home too! 3.Have fun! You are sharing a uniqu

Build Highways in your Brain!

[caption id="attachment_2863" align="alignleft" width="300"] Piano Practice[/caption] Practicing a new skill is hard. Sometimes it feels impossible and can be very discouraging. Luckily, Myriad Music School is here to bring you some good news. The reason learning a new skill (specifically an instrument) is hard is because you are building new pathways in your brain. We call these "Lighting B

Bowing on your Violin

Bowing: Practice long up and down bow strokes the full length of the bow. Make sure the bow hair is flat on the string and stays a consistent distance from the bridge. Notice how you hold the bow in your hand and how your wrist and arm allow you to apply more weight on the string to increase the sound volume.

Practice Tempo

When learning a new piece, make your practice tempo slower than you think it should be. Give yourself time to navigate new finger numbers, chord shapes, articulation, dynamics, and hand shifts before playing your piece at it's intended tempo. You will avoid frustration in practice as well as falling back into bad habits if you play slow and focused.

Hydration for Young Dancers

The hydration needs of children are not that different than adults. Some studies have suggested that infants and children are more susceptible to dehydration because of their smaller body weights, higher turnover of water and electrolytes and lower capacity for sweating. Children should generally drink about 7-8 cups of water a day, however active children should drink closer to 9-10 cups.  This