• Vocal Vocabulary: Singing Terms For Beginners

    Posted June 25th, 2015

    Contrary to what you might see on American Idol or The Voice, singing sensations aren’t made overnight. To be able to belt out songs like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, you need to put in the work. This involves constant hours of practice, proper vocal training, and everyday vocal care. But to really c...

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  • The Essential Summer Reading List for Musicians

    Posted June 18th, 2015

    The sun is out in full force, the AC is cranked to the max and the ringing of school bells has finally quieted. In other words, summer has officially begun!  If you’re like most people, this means long drives to the lake with the windows rolled down, plane rides here and there to destination spots, or lazy...

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  • Keyboard Lesson Tips for Players to Help Build Finger Strength, Dexterity and More

    Posted June 11th, 2015

    To call yourself a true master of the ebony and ivory keys of a keyboard or piano, you must possess a certain set of skills. Top among that list of skills are things like the ability to keep time, a basic understanding of music theory, and a knack for sight reading. But, one essential trait that’s often over...

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  • 4 Easy Ways Musicians Can Build Confidence on Stage

    Posted June 4th, 2015

    Being a musician entails more than just taking music lessons in Phoenix or rocking out to your favorite jams at home. While much of a musician’s life involves nothing but an instrument and sheet music, another huge part of being a musician includes sharing your talents with others, usually in the form of con...

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  • Tips for Picking Out The Perfect Strings for Your Guitar Lessons

    Posted May 29th, 2015

    When taking guitar lessons it’s important to have all of the right tools to help you succeed in your musical journey. For most, this involves choosing a quality guitar, signing up for guitar lessons in Scottsdale, and maybe adding in a metronome, guitar tuner, or amp – all of which are extremely vital to ...

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  • A Parent’s Guide to Supporting a Child’s Musical Education

    Posted May 20th, 2015

    So your child has expressed an interest in music – now what? If you think that enrolling them in a music program for kids is enough to help them succeed musically, you’re dead wrong. Whether you realize it or not, your child’s musical development begins and ends with you. Numerous studies have shown tha...

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  • The Best Places to Find Sheet Music Online

    Posted May 13th, 2015

    Knowing how to play your favorite song is one huge advantage of being a musician. But even if you’ve been taking drum, guitar, or keyboard lessons in Scottsdale for years, chances are you probably can’t play your favorite tune by listening alone (at least not right away and not without some practice).  L...

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  • Ways to Turn Down the Volume on Your Drum Lessons

    Posted May 6th, 2015

    To a drummer, there’s no sweeter sound than the banging of drums, the clashing of cymbals, and the steady beat of a kick pedal in action. But to everyone else, the loud noise of drums can be irritating, especially when heard anywhere outside of a rock concert. Yet, to make it to that concert stage, a drumme...

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  • Musician Spotlight: Leroy Miller

    Posted April 29th, 2015

    At Scottsdale Music Academy we wholeheartedly believe in the power of music lessons. We know that all of our drum lessons, guitar lessons and vocal lessons in Scottsdale will pay off big time for our students. But don’t take our word for it. Just look to Leroy Miller who is an undeniable example of where mu...

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  • 3 Guaranteed Ways to Break Out of a Musical Rut

    Posted April 27th, 2015

    Whether you’re a big time musician, a new convert or someone who’s been taking drum lessons in Phoenix for years, it’s inevitable that at one point or another in your musical journey you’ll find yourself in a musical rut. The truth is some days your heart just isn’t into it. On those days, every not...

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