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5 Great Gift Ideas for Young Musicians…

It’s holiday time, and you want to encourage your child to continue practicing and performing on their instrument. Maybe your child really enjoys their instrument and wants to improve their performance. Here’s a few ideas to spark their interest. 1. It’s never too...

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I'm Grateful For…..

Since Thanksgiving is only days away, I thought it would be fun to share what I am thankful for this year. First, a quote: “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have...

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An Easier Way to Read Rhythms…

Last time, I gave you 2 simple tricks to read music notes. In many school districts, teachers are pressured into putting on concerts right away, and are told by administrators that the students have to read music right away.  This goes totally against how we learn...

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How Long Should I Use My Reed?….

Now that we have had a week to fully digest the maggots in the mouthpiece story, and understand that we should NOT leave the reed on the mouthpiece for an extended period of time, the next obvious question is how long should we play on one particular reed? Many...

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Setting Up a Practice Plan

In my previous post, we talked about Why we need to practice (reinforce skills learned in a lesson), this week we’ll explore more of What it is and How to do it. When a private teacher or band teacher tells a student to go home and practice, most of the time there is...

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I’ve Chosen My Instrument, What’s Next?

Congratulations! This is an exciting part of a youngster’s life when they start to learn how to play an instrument.  They will be eagerly waiting for the moment when they can play some of their favorite songs they hear on the radio (or iPod or Spotify or YouTube…you...

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Anyone Can Bang On a Drum, Right? …Not Quite….

This week, I want to talk briefly about Percussion, the section that is the most mis-understood amongst students and parents in terms of what it is and what it entails. I always tell my students, Percussion is one of the hardest instruments because it  consists of not...

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Slip Sliding Away……All About the Trombone

This week, we will explore the Trombone, the only instrument that uses a slide instead of keys for producing different pitches. The Trombone has been around for a long time, since the 15th century, where it was used in outdoor events, churches and concerts. It was...

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Is It Really 20 Feet of Tubing?!?!

The French Horn is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments in the Band and Orchestra. It is made of approximately 20 feet of tubing wrapped like a coil and flares out at the bell. It is actually not of French, but rather German descent. The International Horn...

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My Trip to Chicago and the GIML Conference

This week, I am taking a break from talking about the band instruments, and presenting a short video Blog (Vlog) on a music education conference I recently attended in Chicago. I wish I was able to shoot more videos, but there were many workshops I wanted to attend...

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Brass – Part 1 – Trumpet

The Trumpet is one of the most influential instruments. From bugle calls to Olympic Fanfares to Dixieland to Cool Jazz to Contemporary Jazz, the Trumpet has been at the forefront. When people think of the Trumpet, they think of Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis, or even...

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About Donna

Musician, educator, speaker and Everything Saxophone Podcast host, Donna Schwartz, has helped thousands of people of all ages, all over the world, boost their music performance and improvisation skills through private and small group coaching, and online courses for over 30 years.

She has created dozens of online courses, including Boost Your Blues Improvisation, Jazz Improvisation Explained, Supercharge Your Jazz Improvisation, Get a Killer Saxophone Tone and many others.

Donna has performed in the NY and Los Angeles metro areas with finalists from the NBC show, The Voice, members from Billy Joel, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, Barbara Morrison and many other artists.

Her tracks have been featured on a number of indie artists' CD's, and in Criss Angel's Believe show at The Luxor in Las Vegas. Read More…

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