WEBSITES

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  • YouTube

Nancy O'Neill Breth - Effective Practicing Videos

Nancy's YouTube channel is full of bite-size practice tips on a wide range of topics, designed to help you break down and master problems with targeted strategies.

The Bulletproof Musician

One of my most favorite music blogs of all time!

Excellent advice and insights for students & musicians on how to overcome stage fright, performance anxiety, practicing pitfalls, and other blocks to peak performance.

 

Performance psychologist and Juilliard graduate Dr. Noa Kageyama teaches musicians what it takes to rise above the nerves, distractions, and pressures of a performance, and when the moment of truth arrives, play the way you know you can.

Free articles, practice hacks, online coaching & more.

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  • Instagram

Vanessa Cornett

I love her book (Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance) and have also been following her on Instagram @mindfulmusician.vanessacornett.

She shares inspiring posts about mindfulness, performance, anxiety/stress, music, art, and life.  

For more visit:  Venessacornett.com.

Jason Haaheim,
Principal Timpanist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

His blog is one of my new favorites and I highly recommend it!  His articles about practicing, learning, concentration, and progress are inspiring, humorous, and inspirational .

I love Jason's ethos and philosophy about studying music, specifically that of "deliberate practice":  "The concept of efficient and effective practicing..." which is at the foundation of everything I teach my students too!

 

He encourages "students to employ its [deliberate practice] most essential attributes; these include continuous “feedback loops” achieved through self-recording, extensive analysis, and playing for others who don’t play your instrument ... that mistakes are natural, and that “failure” should be embraced and reframed as "ongoing constructive growth." "

SheetMusicPlus.com

My go-to online store for purchasing piano music.  

They offer monthly specials, seasonal discounts, many digital scores  and budget shipping.

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Piano Music She Wrote

Pianists Sandra Mogensen and Erica Sipes have sorted through the entirety of the great online library, IMSLP, and have compiled the PMSW Directory that provides access to thousands of scores of pieces composed by women and information about each composer.

In tandem with the PMSW Directory, these two pianists are building a resource of videos of this repertoire on their YouTube channel.  

Follow them on Instagram for daily videos and composer spotlights!

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Massachusetts Music Teachers Association

I am a member of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA) -  the statewide affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).  Members are independent music teachers, music school and college faculty members, and public school personnel.  

MMTA promotes the growth and professional development of its members by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and research. MMTA provides many student programs and scholarships throughout the year.

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The New England Piano Teachers' Association

 

I am also a member of NEPTA -  a professional non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards of music education, offering members and their students opportunities for growth, stimulation, and a community of friendship and support.

Students of members have many opportunities for performance throughout the year.

The Royal Conservatory of Music

Many of my students participate in their certificate exam program every year!  It provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.  The Program inspires excellence through individual student assessments (exams) and allows students to celebrate accomplishments and track their progress with others across the country.  Curriculum covers a wide range of repertoire, technique studies, ear training, sight-reading and theory.

Piano Technicians Guild

 

Shopping for an instrument?  Need to find a piano tuner?  Questions about piano maintenance?   This site will help you find all the registered technicians in your area, plus lots of helpful tips and resources!

Piano Buyer 

Website & book by Larry Fine.  A free, definitive piano buying guide.  It "will help you make a fast, informed decision concerning the purchase" of a new, used, or restored piano.  Features: database of pianos, articles, references, links to local discounts and businesses.

TheMusicStand.com
MusicTreasures.com
MusicinMotion.com

These sites have all kinds of fun music themed supplies, educational books and tools, accessories and gifts, including music bags and folders.

MajoringinMusic.com

MajoringInMusic.com provides necessary tools for making smart decisions and choices about majoring in music and establishing a viable career in music. 

The website is specifically designed to meet the needs of students, parents, music educators, and college counselors.

MajoringInMusic.com is also a unique portal through which key information about music schools, summer music programs, and relevant music resources can be easily accessed - like showcasing a host of careers in music in addition to the ones most commonly considered (performing and teaching).

From the Top

Watch & listen to some amazing young performers!  This NPR/PBS program is a showcase for some of America's best young musicians.  Hosted by Christopher O'Riley, From the Top shares the stories and performances of talented pre-collegiate musicians and provides a compelling and entertaining window into a world of young people who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy.

Arts Boston

Greater Boston's guide to arts and culture.  Search for a variety of upcoming  music concerts, theater, dance, and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

A journal and blog of the classical music scene in Boston. 

Enlightening articles, reviews and - my favorite! -an in-depth CALENDAR of upcoming events and concerts in the Boston area!