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Excel in Music: Sharing your music

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Getting up on stage and performing is a special part of learning a musical instrument.  It can fill you with fear, joy and pride all at the same time.


We are filming video recital selections every week, but there is something special I also want you to watch for.

Our Excel students have started filming our first “Corner Concerts” where they get to play a real “set”.  Solo concerts typically feature 3 to 4 songs that represent some of the best work that a...

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Excel in Music: Playing with others

practicing the guitar together

How many things have you learned off YouTube?  It’s an amazing, instant resource.  But it doesn’t usually compare with learning directly from an experienced mentor and not nearly as fun as learning it with others.  That’s why we take cooking classes with our friends or in our grandmother’s kitchen.


We want our students to learn in that sort of supportive, collaborative environment too.  That is why we encourage music students to check out what it...

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Excel in Music: Go above and Beyond

practicing the drums

Imagine your child doesn’t just struggle through a couple of pages of homework after music lessons...instead they come home and talk about how they collaborated with a friend to write their own song, then sit down and improvise their own song.  Then show off their two favorite songs from memory, and talk about a famous composer or artist they recently learned about.  This is what a student looks like when they are truly ENGAGED in making music.


As the director here at...

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