A masterclass is kind of a weird concept - 4 or 5 students take turns taking a mini-lesson... in front of an audience... taught by a celebrity. And that's exactly what's happening at NCMS next Thursday. Keeping reading to hear more about our guest of honor, why you definitely want to go to this masterclass, and tips for those attending the class.Read More
A big thank you to Hayley who has provided our first reader submitted question. She asked if I can talk a little about music theory, and oh can I. As someone who is a theory nerd from my physics days and a music nerd from birth, I've always really enjoyed talking about theory, and I even considered majoring in it at one point. I'm going to go over a couple of basics, and I'm going to give you my unsolicited and unpopular opinion about theory as a whole.Read More
In my last post, I talked about all the different things that can destabilize your schedule and how that shouldn't stop you from taking music lessons. Today, I want to get a little more detailed and talk about some strategies for keep music in your life, even if you have a crazy schedule.Read More
My very first private voice lesson started like this, "Hi, I'm Ashley and I want to take voice lessons because I'm singing Frozen too much and I'm hurting my throat and losing my voice." If you've ever lost your voice because of singing, keep reading!Read More
I'm 26 and I had someone ask me "What I wanted to be when I grow up" right after I graduated in May. It seems to be the inescapable question everyone is faced with at some point. The problem is, it's becoming increasingly difficult to answer.Read More
Everyone, listen. I got to see *dramatic pause* the famous Hamilton musical. Don't worry, I'll tell you everything. (Spoiler: It was as amazing as you would expect, but I certainly still have some critical opinions. I managed to wait for it for 15 whole seconds into the first song before I started crying!)Read More
"We're not sure if he'll continue in the fall, he'll just be starting high school and we don't want him to be overwhelmed."
This is a totally legitimate concern. If something destabilizing is happening in your life, you want to have extra time to deal with it. I've definitely done it before. I just graduated from college and took about a month off, just to get settled.
Here's a list of things that might prevent you from giving your all in music lessonsRead More
Every non-profit depends on volunteers, and we are no exception. This week I sat down with one of our All Star volunteers Shankari Lakshminarayanan to talk about her thoughts on the music school, how she found us, and why she spends so much time helping us make NCMS the wonderful school we know it to be.Read More
You could call it laziness, you could call it an educational exercise, but what you can't call it is a waste of time. I'm a clarinet player, which means I'm used to seeing a lot of notes that aren't necessarily musically important. One of the ways I learn music is to simplify it. I naturally gravitate toward more musical pieces with less virtuosic technique, but that is almost impossible to avoid when you study any music formally, especially clarinet solo standards.
The music below is an excerpt from one of the etudes that I'm currently working on. How would you simplify it to make it easier for sight reading and understanding?Read More
I tried to fight scales every year of my degree. My very first long-term clarinet teacher didn't believe in playing scales every day as long as you knew them. So when I went to Florida State, and had to pass scale juries every semester. I suffered through test after test of major scales, harmonic minor scales, melodic minor scales, natural minor scales, thirds, dominant chords, etc. until I realized scales would only get better if one of the following things happened:Read More
I think one of the reasons everyone thinks classical music is so boring is because any advocate for classical music is afraid to say there are pieces they don't like in fear that they will turn off non-listeners forever. I think we should talk about it.Read More
Welcome to the Nashua Community Music School Blog! If you are new to the website, welcome to NCMS! We are a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality music opportunities to all audience members, performers, and students in the greater Nashua area.Read More