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Guitar

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If you wish to get into music but aren’t sure which instrument you’d like to play – the guitar might be the right choice for you. Unlike with many other instruments, our guitar students enjoy learning to play their favourite songs using the instrument they were meant to be played with.  This greatly adds to the drive our students have to learn. If you are beginning to take lessons or just picking up a guitar for the first time, we highly recommend beginning with an Acoustic Guitar. Acoustics are better […]

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Singing Lesson Basics

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Singing involves more than making different sounds into a microphone or otherwise.  When caring for an instrument, proper cleaning, tuning, and practice is required and your voice is no exception.  As such, proper care and best practices are essential to a student’s singing potential. Upbeat Piano Studio offers singing lessons that provide our students with much more than the ability to control their voice.  Our one-on-one training sessions are tailored to help you continually progress and achieve your singing goals.  Each lesson covers a wide range of skill development including: […]

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How to Keep Your Child Committed to Music

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In our last blog, we talked about the numerous reasons why students (both children and adults) quit playing music. Of course our list was not exhaustive, but touched on the more common issues that students talk about when they are contemplating quitting. If you play the piano and are thinking about quitting, or have a child who plays and no longer wants to, we encourage you to go back and read our blog about whether or not you or your child should continue to study music (Why Do Music Students […]

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Why Do Music Students Quit?

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In the world of music, it is extremely common for children and teens to quit playing music. Whether they play the piano, trumpet or flute, practice requires a great deal of time. To do well, students often must sacrifice other activities in the process. In a two-part blog, we’d like to talk about why students quit playing music first. In our follow-up, we will discuss how parents, and students too, can better balance their lives and keep music as a part of it. In a previous blogs, we discussed why […]

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Summer Vacation; Not a Vacation from Making Music

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Students are counting down the days until school is out. Parents are planning summer camps and vacations. The sun is shining and the temps are rising. But with all the excitement in the air, don’t let your child’s weekly piano lessons get pushed off to the wayside. If anything, lessons and practice during the summer can be the best time to strengthen your child’s skills and incorporate more fun into daily practice. If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It Like any skill or talent, the art of playing the […]

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Life Skills Developed in Music

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When a child goes to school, they learn to be on time, pay attention to and respect their elders, do homework and study for tests. These very specific skills will help them later on in life in the work force. They will have deadlines to meet, work to bring home, and bosses to answer to. When a child plays a sport, he learns to be part of a team, to push through physical pain and fatigue, to be a good winner and loser, and to be dedicated. Like school and […]

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Canadian Pianists: Their Passions Away from the Ivory

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We all know professional musicians, famous sports players, and celebrities based on what they do; play music, sports or act. But just like the rest of us, they are deeper than just what they show to the world. David Beckham is an avid fencer, David Letterman co-owns a race car, and Phil Mickelson flies planes. Many people have a passion, and sometimes it’s not even what they are famous for. Many Canadian musicians travel all over the world to perform. Some record music, others conduct operas, while still others play […]

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Folk Music And Its Cultural Heritage

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Folk music has a deep and rich history in Canada dating back to the native people of Canada, and then to the Europeans who began their lives here in the 16th and 17th centuries. Many of the first folk songs were about work and daily life: anything from fishing and hunting, to lullabies and special occasions. Folk songs, by definition, are based in each culture’s traditions and customs. Often over time they pass between and across nationalities and areas, as the travels of individuals increase and marrying across different cultures […]

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Tips Before Buying a Piano

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Deciding to buy a piano for your family can be a big step, but deciding on which piano to buy is even bigger. Setting a budget, finding a place in your home and seeking out the right piano are all decisions that require research and planning. Having a piano in your home means high quality practicing for your kids (and maybe you too) and can often be the centre piece for family gatherings and holidays. It is not only a musical instrument, but also a valued piece of furniture that […]

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Careers In The Music Industry

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Many musicians dream one day of performing live in front of thousands of people. Or recording their own album in which they sing or play an instrument. Often we as artists not only enjoy creating music, but we also love to give it to others. We want our music to be heard and enjoyed. To create a song or compilation of songs to be heard by a large audience, it takes much more than just a musician with her instrument. After years of practice and hours of instruction, an artist […]

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