Practice Tips

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013

The following article is not intended to teach you how to play a piece of music if you have never done so before. What it is intended to do is give you some practical practice tips to help you work smarter, not harder. First off, you do want to make progress when you practice. If you are playing the same old thing the same old way you will not have fun with it and will not progress. The best rule of thumb is to practice what you don’t know. There is no logical reason to go over the same measures you have already mastered. But everyone does that! Why? Because it’s fun to play...

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12th Annual Christmas Recital

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012

Saturday 12/15/2012 was the 12th annual Batavia Studio Holiday Recital. It was held at the New Community Church in Wexford.The Holiday Recital is a tradition at Batavia Studios and this was one of our most enjoyable recitals ever. We’d like to thank everybody who participated. Over one hundred students performed their pieces. We had piano, voice, guitar, violin, trumpet, flute, sax, and clarinet. We really enjoyed listening to the great variety of instruments and song selections. The songs included Traditional Christmas Carols, Popular Christmas Songs, Classical pieces, Rock Pieces and...

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Holiday Shopping for your Music Student!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012

Holiday Shopping for Your Music  Student With the Holidays rapidly approaching the shopping frenzy is about to begin. I’d like to recommend some thoughtful gifts for your musician student. If you treat your child’s musicianship seriously then they will too. All musicians like a nice instrument to practice on and all musicians love their gear. If you are a non-musician you may not be aware of all the cool things that are now available. Please note that all of these suggestions are an investment and will have lasting value. First off if your child is a beginner please get them a...

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Practice: How long and how often?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012

As teachers we are often asked by both parents and students how much they should practice. Each teacher offers a very specific time for practice and lets you know exactly what should be practiced. Think of it as your child’s homework assignment for the week. When they return they should have their “homework” done. In other words they should have some degree of mastery over what was assigned and be ready to move on. In 2008 Malcolm Gladwell, a British writer, wrote a book called “The Outliers: The Story of Success”. His book has been widely quoted as saying that it takes 10,000...

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Our New Blog

Posted by on Oct 7, 2012

We are happy to announce the Batavia Studios blog. Our teachers will be posting original articles and clippings from around the web related to music and music education. We hope you check back often for the latest news and postings!

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