• How to “Spring Clean” Your Music Goals

    Posted April 1st, 2018

    With flowers in bloom, bright sunny skies all over Phoenix, and the vocal melodies of birds to wake to, it’s safe to say spring is officially upon us. And we all know what that means…spring cleaning! Spring is the unofficial time to cast aside the old and usher in the new. For some, that means organizi...

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  • Why People That Play An Instrument Are Generally Happier

    Posted March 19th, 2018

    It’s safe to say that everyone could use a little more happiness in their life. While a weeklong vacation, new puppy, or tub of ice cream (my personal favorite) are sure to do the trick, there’s another resource that people often overlook ….music! Think about it. What lifts the mood at a party better th...

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  • Gibson Guitar Facing Bankruptcy

    Posted March 9th, 2018

    Say it ain’t so! Last week, reports surfaced that legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson Brands, Inc. (commonly known as Gibson Guitar) is facing pending bankruptcy, and may likely close its doors in the near future unless it can get back on financial track. For guitar players young and old who use Gibson guit...

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  • Get Better At Music By Having A Growth Mindset

    Posted February 23rd, 2018

    There’s no doubt about it: learning to play an instrument is hard! When learning to play music for the first time, it’s inevitable that you’ll run into challenges and be frustrated at times. However, the overall learning process should be an enjoyable one. If it isn’t, you’re probably approaching it ...

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  • 3 Reasons Why Your Progress Is Slow and How To Fix It

    Posted February 12th, 2018

    When it comes to learning an instrument, there are a lot of ups and downs.  In fact, the path to being a musician is almost never a straight line; rather, it’s a curvy, windy road filled with lots of successes and a few inevitable setbacks. While it would be nice to progress at lightning speed, the fact is ...

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  • 4 Guaranteed Ways to Break Out of a Rut

    Posted February 3rd, 2018

    Whether you’re a musician who’s been taking music lessons for years, brand new to playing music, or even Lady Gaga herself, it’s inevitable that you’ll fall victim to a rut at some point or another. The sad truth is musical ruts happen to the best of us, and while they’re a major drag, they don’t h...

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  • How Music Keeps Us Young

    Posted January 25th, 2018

    If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, you probably won’t find it in a fancy car shop or in the beauty aisle of a drug store (contrary to all those TV commercials); but you might just find it on the radio, Spotify, or even at Scottsdale Music Academy. That’s right…there’s yet another reason...

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  • 3 Tips To Help You Sing Better

    Posted January 15th, 2018

    What’s the secret formula to singing? Surprisingly, there isn’t one! While there are certain best practices that all singers follow, true vocal chops like those of Beyonce or Adele take years of practice, vocal lessons, and hard work. However, there are several proven techniques that are guaranteed to enha...

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  • Use SMART Goals To Make 2018 Amazing

    Posted January 7th, 2018

    It’s a new year…that means time for a whole new set of goals! Here at Scottsdale Music Academy, we know a thing or two about what it takes to make a dream a reality.  Once newbie musicians, we transformed ourselves into the seasoned, professional music instructors we are now through hard work, profess...

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  • Guitar Chord Tutorial: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    Posted December 22nd, 2017

    The tree is up, the ornaments are hung, and there’s red and green everywhere you look. In other words, Christmas is right around the corner! While festive decor is a holiday must, no Christmas would be complete without music (and plenty of presents, of course)! It’s amazing how just a few notes of Christma...

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