Learning Music

March 9, 2021 | Practice

By Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. (BulletProofMusician) It’s often said that timing is everything. Yes, people are typically referring to life or business when they say this, but it appears that the same could be said for athletic and musical endeavors as well. After all, space out for a moment in orchestra, and you could very well end up playing a solo that nobody saw coming.

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February 23, 2021 | Benefits of Music Education

By Emma Huggard Think about your favorite musical artist and the instruments they play. Bruce Springsteen, on guitar, keyboard, or harmonica? Jerry Garcia on guitar or banjo? Prince on the keyboard, guitar, or 20 more? So many well-known artists of the past century are skilled on more than one instrument. You may not aspire to be an award-winning musician, but learning a second instrument – at any age - can enhance your musical knowledge and appreciation.

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February 10, 2021 | Student Spotlight

In January 2016, we wrote an Opus article featuring a 12-year-old CCM student, Joachim Laurent. We learned about his music theory studies and participation in the Royal Conservatory Music Program,A Young Joachim Laurent a rigorous assessment program, his commitment to practicing an hour each day. At that point, Joachim had already been learning music and studying the piano with his instructor, Chieko Loy, for six years. Joachim is now a senior at Concord Carlisle High School, and this fall, he will be attending the University of Chicago. As a student studying at CCM for twelve years, we wondered what he would tell his younger 12-year-old self-featured in the 2016 article.

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January 12, 2021 | Music Creation & Production

By Lydia Yoder If you've used a Mac computer, iPhone, or iPad in the past 15 years, you've probably heard of GarageBand. It's Apple's audio design software that lets you record your tunes and utilize a huge library of pre-recorded sounds to produce music. Music production involves designing things like the form, instrumentation, and sound of a piece.

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December 15, 2020 | Music Faculty

by Holly Lobowitz Rossi, Benjamin Hitzrot has been taking piano lessons at CCM for half of his young life. Now a 14-year-old who is applying to private high schools, he faced an essay question about an influential person who had shaped his life. The choice was obvious—he wrote about Rasa Vitkauskaite, his beloved piano teacher.

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December 1, 2020 | Adult Learners

It's Never Too Late to Learn an Instrument - Covid Safe and Good for Your Health, By Joan Mankoff Are you struggling to figure out what to do safely during the upcoming winter days amidst a global pandemic? Do you feel the need to enrich your life, health, and emotional well-being during these challenging times? Learning music may be the answer.

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