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  • Learning to Play the Keyboard: 5 Common Beginner Mistakes

    Posted March 30th, 2015

    Question: What’s more difficult for a beginning keyboard player to fix than keys that stick? Answer: A bad habit…because it sticks forever! All joking aside, bad habits practiced by beginning keyboard players can have a lifelong impact on their performance as a musician, often prohibiting them from reachi...

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  • A Singer’s Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Voice

    Posted March 23rd, 2015

    Imagine trying to sing with a frog in your throat. For many singers, this feeling is all too familiar. The fact is vocal strain and pain are common occurrences for singers, especially for those who don’t take proper care of their voice. Whether you realize it or not, your voice is an instrument, and needs c...

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  • How To Rock Your Music Lessons

    Posted March 13th, 2015

    It’s been said that great athletes are made in the offseason, and the same is true for musicians. Contrary to belief, rock legends aren’t born on stage; they’re made note by note during music lessons. And as with all things in life, there’s a right way to tackle music lessons and a wrong way. With year...

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  • The Top 5 Myths About Guitar Lessons

    Posted February 26th, 2015

    If you’ve ever dreamt of playing the guitar and rocking out in front of millions, you’re not alone. Guitars are one of the most popular instruments in the world and are loved by both young and old alike. Stars like Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Taylor Swift have all made their bread and butter thanks t...

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  • Top 10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Take Music Lessons

    Posted February 16th, 2015

    Top 10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Take Music Lessons at Scottsdale Music Academy 1- It’s Fun!! There are many reasons to get your child involved in music at an early age but there is no better reason than allowing them to have FUN! At Scottsdale Music Academy, that is our #1 priority! It has been pro...

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  • Buying Your First Electric Guitar

    Posted March 13th, 2014

    Buying Your First Electric Guitar So you’ve decided to learn how to play the guitar but you have just realized that buying a guitar on some level can be like walking on to a car lot. With literally hundreds of choices in brand, color, and style if you know absolutely nothing about guitar at this moment, play...

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  • Get Inspired To Practice

    Posted February 25th, 2014

    Get Inspired To Practice There are times when most practicing musicians at some point experience a feeling of being off course. Finding the motivation to practice can be tough, especially when there is not a clear path and motivation to stay on that path. I, as well as many other musicians that actively seek t...

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  • LIVE, EAT, AND BREATHE MUSIC AT SMA

    Posted November 10th, 2013

     LIVE, EAT, AND BREATHE MUSIC AT SCOTTSDALE MUSIC ACADEMY Whew! What a whirlwind of a ride these last few months have been. I can hardly believe it’s already November, and we’re still in full swing. We’ve got our schedule filled with music lessons, student rock concerts, and even a FREE drum clinic wit...

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  • SMA Rocked it!

    Posted July 17th, 2013

    SMA Rocked it! SMA ROCKED IT OUT AT SUMMER MUSIC CAMP Well, folks. We did it! We completed our very first successful Summer Music Camp. From June 11-14, over 20 students came down to the McDowell Mountain Community Church to do what they do best – ROCK IT OUT! On Day 1 the nerves were flying high as a young ...

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  • LESSONS AT SMA CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

    Posted June 1st, 2013

    LESSONS At SMA CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Ever wonder what music lessons with an incredible guitar instructor at the Scottsdale Music Academy can do to completely change your life? Native Phoenician and professional guitarist Kurt Johnson did just that when he started taking guitar lessons with John Davis a few shor...

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