A few words on practice…

Hi everyone,

I will be the first to admit that sometimes practicing is hard work! Lately I have been experimenting with my own practice schedule, to discover what works best for me. Below are a few tips that I have found helpful:

Tea and Music

  • Slow and careful practice is always best!
  • Try to practice regularly at the same time each day.
  • Hold yourself accountable – make your goals public and spread the word!
  • Only practice for as long as you are able – if your mind is wandering, take a break.

And finally, I never practice without a cup of tea by my side! What do you do to make your practice session a successful one?

Happy playing,

Camille

Music and the Brain…

Hi everyone,

As someone who has done a bit of work and study in the field of Music Therapy, I have seen firsthand just how powerful music can be when used in the right way. Some of you may have come across the author Oliver Sacks, a British-American neurologist who has an intense interest in the effects of music on the brain. His book ‘Musicophilia’ was what sparked my interest in the subject, and is a definite must-read for anyone intrigued by the power of music. Below is an infographic I found that sums up how music stimulates the brain. If you ever needed any convincing to learn an instrument, this is it!

Music-Effect-Infographic

What other activity involves so much of the brain? It is truly amazing!

Happy playing,

Camille

The Piano Guys…

Hi everyone,

Just thought I’d share a video from these guys, just in case you hadn’t come across them yet – a group of amazing musicians known as ‘The Piano Guys’, who come up with some of the most creative covers of popular songs that I have ever seen. Enjoy!

 

 

Happy playing,

Camille

Meet Rover…

Hi everyone,

I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Curious Keys team:

Rover the Snowy Owl, my practice pet!Rover Owl - WordsHe’ll be taking turns staying at student’s houses, listening carefully and helping out where he can. Rover comes with a folder where students can keep track of their musical goals and activities, and he will find a new home each week, so that everyone can share what Rover has been up to! I’ve heard that he’s quite the adventurous type…

Happy playing,

Camille