Making Music and Having a Blast!

Making Music and Having a Blast! : A Guide for All Music Students

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In her follow-up to Making Music and Enriching Lives: A Guide for All Music Teachers, Bonnie Blanchard offers students a set of tools for their musical lives that will help them stay engaged, even during the challenging times in their musical development. Blanchard discusses issues such as finding an instructor, selecting the right instrument, and choosing a college or conservatory. The book includes lessons on music theory and history as well as a guide to finding additional materials in print and online. Blanchard's strategies for making practice productive and preparing for auditions are useful tips students can return to again and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 27.94mm | 816.46g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 32 b&w illus., 81 music exx.
  • 0253221358
  • 9780253221353
  • 1,708,137

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Wonderfully comprehensive . . . easy-to-read. This is a great book that every teacher will want to own and refer to often. It is the kind of book you will want every one of your students-and their parents-to own as well! * American String Teacher * A fabulous source of information to answer EVERY imaginable concern or query that a music student (or their parent) may have. . . I'm just a bit sad that Bonnie didn't write this back in the dark ages when I was a kid. . . . I needed this book and I know I would have adored it. 4/28/2010 -- Alexa Still * *show more

About Bonnie Blanchard

Bonnie Blanchard is author of Making Music and Enriching Lives: A Guide for All Music Teachers (IUP, 2007).Cynthia Blanchard Acree is author (with Cliff Acree) of The Gulf between Us: Love and Terror in Desert more

Table of contents

Preface: The Long, Winding, and Exciting Road to Becoming a MusicianAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1. Getting Off to a Good Start 1. Tips and Tricks for Fast Success 2. The Surprising Truth about Talent 3. The Top Mistake New Musicians Can Make 4. How to Persuade Your Parents to Buy You an Instrument 5. Where and How to Buy Your InstrumentPart 2. Getting the Most from Your Lessons 6. Are Private Lessons for You? 7. Finding the Perfect Teacher 8. How to Be a Great Student 9. Is It Time to Change Teachers? 10. Singers: You Are the Instrument Part 3. Using Practice Tips for Faster Results 11. The Attitude of Success 12. Get in Gear with Goals 13. How to Fit Practice into Your Already Busy Life 14. Quit Wasting Your Practice Time 15. Shake up Your Practice Routine Part 4. Solving the Mystery of Music Theory 16. Note Names on the Piano, Sharps and Flats, and the Chromatic Scale 17. Major Scales and Key Signatures 18. Intervals 19. Minor Scales 20. Chords and Arpeggios 21. Chord Inversions, Figured Bass, and CadencesPart 5. Tune in to Classical Music 22. The Middle Ages and the Renaissance 23. The Baroque and Classical Periods 24. The Romantic Period 25. The Contemporary Period 26. Why Listen to Classical Music? 27. Hey, Listen to This!Part 6. Becoming a Skilled Musician 28. Learn the Tricks to Become a Confident Sight-Reader 29. Intonation: You Can Learn to Play in Tune 30. Musicality: The Difference between Playing and Typing 31. How to Memorize without Having a Brain FreezePart 7. Performing with Confidence 32. Put Concerts and Contests into Perspective 33. Conquer Your Fear Factor 34. Ace the AuditionPart 8. Avoiding Stumbling Blocks along the Way 35. Finding the Middle Ground: A Guide for Frustrated Students and Their "Helpful" Parents 36. Student to Student: Advice from Teensshow more

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