How to choose an instrument you can live with

It’s common to feel unsure about choosing an instrument. Which instrument will you enjoy practicing? Which will you understand?

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Modern vs. Old School: Key differences in the world of “real” and electronic pianos

A lot of people land in the middle of a dilemma when preparing to take the plunge and buy a piano or an electric keyboard. Which is best?

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Evening Cookout and Campfire

Dinner is served! It’s summer in Alaska, and that means time for cookouts under the sun. Come join us for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. Meet your neighbors,

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Concert on the Green

This is a free community event that will feature music by The Lack Family and Rebeckah Hastings. There will be food trucks, bouncy houses, and yard games. Invite your friends and

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Creation versus Imitation: Achieving Optimal Artistic Balance

Yet imitation and creation are quite closely related, and in fact, when it comes to music they are inseparable.

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Festival season hacks

I recently decided to focus on eating clean and healthy again. Do you know how hard it is to eat healthy at a music festival? Picture this: Guy Fieri is standing at his barbeque pit slathering juicy barbecue sauce over brown sugar covered ribs and brisket.

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Taking a Musical Excursion

There’s no denying the Alaskan awakening is hitting us all right now, our every fiber collectively shouting, “Summer, here we come!” As the Arctic’s most dynamic and invigorating season descends, it begs for celebration and inspires creative expression. As summer gets underway, Alaska’s artistic inhabitants are eager to oblige. Alaska positively teems with ALL things art, but for those of us with a musical affinity, it's the bounty of music found front and center at the many outdoor markets, city events, and seasonal festivals that we’ve most eagerly anticipated.

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Quitter’s Cliff: How to stay off the edge

In my line of work, a specific confession is routinely offered up when someone finds out I’m a music teacher: “When I was a kid I didn’t practice.” I can see the guilty party getting ready to wince, almost expecting me to whip out a ruler at this admission. Without fail, what immediately follows is, “But I wish I would have stuck with it so that now I could really play!”That last part is usually said in total earnest and (I’m pretty sure) not just to escape the whack of the ruler. The specter of the missed opportunity to become a good player haunts many “ex”-music students. Those who gave up their instrument will readily admit not having the discipline to have kept up on practice, yet seem to honestly regret the fateful--and maybe premature--decision to quit altogether.

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Harmony & Home

For Robin Hopper, harmony means home. She remembers her father strumming his guitar while the family sang along. Her grandmother would sing songs about anything Robin could think of while she played her taropatch, an 8-string ukulele, despite Robin's best efforts to stump her.But, as much as Robin loves music, family is something even more important to her.“Family is everything,” Robin explained. “It’s the people who love you the best no matter what and the people who understand you without you needing to explain yourself. It’s that sense of belonging without having to worry about what people think or what’s going to happen.”

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Being A Beginner—or—The Path To Rock God Status—or—Are We There Yet?

Every soul with a pulse at some point in life has sung along to that one… ok, maybe not with KISS. But who hasn't been inspired when they hear their favorite tunes on the radio or when they see a musician dazzle an audience?Humans are universally mesmerized by the power of music and by performers who catch our ear. Once bitten by the bug, some are ready to launch their own musical pursuits, having dreams of the day they too can begin “dazzling” audiences!You become inspired, and inspiration is key to lighting the fire! You can no longer deny the groove in your soul; you have the determination and desire to be the next Adele, Slash, or Lindsey Sterling!

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