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Start your week off with a dose of music. The MMM is a wide-ranging collection of articles and performances that are sure to bring a smile and pique your interest. If you'd like to receive our weekly sharing of music and resources by email, simply sign up. 

ELEVATE YOUR PRACTICE
Piano student practicing
 
Strive to help students become thoughtful, independent musicians with deliberate practice and goal setting.
 
STEVE MARTIN'S PRIZE GOES TO BB!
BB

The Steve Martin Banjo Prize recognizes outstanding banjo players for their accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music. The winners are judged on their artistry, composition, and innovation.
 
Since we're big fans of Mile Twelve, we're happy to say that Catherine "BB" Bowness shared the 2020 Steve Martin Banjo Prize with four other professional/semi-professional banjoists.
 
Take a listen to BB strumming Denver Belle with Alex Rubin.
Photo credit Sean Trischka



IT TAKES PRACTICE
Fall 2020 violin student

There's no magic involved. Learning an instrument for most means putting in the time. Just remember, you'll receive amazing satisfaction from mastering that tune you've played over and over again.

Encouraging kids to practice, who might not realize now what it will mean to them down the road, is sometimes challenging. Hopefully these articles will provide tips, strategies, and the much needed help to get your students grabbing their instrument to practice.

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums June 20, 2012 (by Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR) 

Maximize Your Music Practice Time with These 10 Tips (Music Notes)

FACULTY HIGHLIGHT: MASAKO JASMINE YOTSUGI & FABRIZIO MAZZETTA

Masako Jasmine Yotsugi and Fabrizio Mazzetta

La Marseillaise and Bebe, both beautifully performed by two CCM faculty members, Fabrizzio Mazzetta on cello and Masako Jasmine Yotsugi on piano.

IS IT SO? NO BLACK KEYS?

No black keys

Is there such a thing, a piano without black keys?

What would it sound like without as many sharps and flats? The hypnotic one-of-a-kind Sinhakken Japanese piano develops harmony and creates beautiful music.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHTS: MAXFIELD ANDERSON
Pretty Saro

Photo taken by Adam Gurczak 

In addition to teaching at CCM, mandolinist Maxfield Anderson is a member of a cool local bluegrass band, Pretty Saro.
 
With its unique contemporary sound, this four-piece string band shares energetic arrangements and high-energy performances. Get to know Max and his bandPretty Saro performs Did You Not Hear Me?