How do I know if my child is ready for piano lessons?

Let me begin by saying that there is no one age that is perfect for all children. Anyone of any age who wants to learn, and puts in the hours of practice, can still reach a high level of skill and enjoyment. There have been many studies concluding that children who start learning the piano before aged seven benefit from advanced cognitive skills later in life. That said, is it ever too early?

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Hydration

Are you drinking enough water?

How many times have you heard this from your singing teacher? You’ll likely read about this topic in almost every singing blog, website and book. In this blog entry, I’m going to explain why hydration is so important, how to ensure you are properly hydrated, and dispel some myths along the way.

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The importance of warming up…

Why do we need to warm up?

There are two important reasons why vocal warm ups should be part of your daily routine. First up, unsurprisingly, your vocal mechanism (that is your throat, mouth, respiratory system and supporting body parts) is mostly comprised of muscles, ligaments and tendons. In order to work at their best, as you would before working out at the gym, the whole mechanism needs to be warm. In practice, this means good blood flow, which helps everything to be limber, co-ordinated, impact resistant and supple.

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