The past year has seen many changes to the way we interact with our students, the most significant being the need to adapt to teaching online. Anyone who has tried teaching online with only their smartphone or tablet has learned very quickly that it’s absolutely necessary to supplement their teaching…


Many of us who work in live theatre are just beginning to fully process the effect that COVID has had on our industry. While some of us have already moved out of town, taken steps to learn a new skill in preparation for a possible career change, or have taken…


So you’ve made the decision to purchase Apple’s Logic Pro, Avid’s Pro Tools, or Ableton Live. But now you need to learn how to use it. You might be asking yourself the question “now that I own a DAW, how do I learn music production?” …


Becoming proficient in using music notation software can sometimes be a daunting task. As a longtime Sibelius user, when I open up a file in Finale, I’m completely lost. Fortunately, there are many great resources available for learning how to us music notation software. …


In these days of social distancing, it can be difficult to find places to buy sheet music, and even many online dealers don’t keep large inventory in stock. In many cases, the best available options are either big box music stores or online dealers of digital scores which can be…


So you’ve decided that you want to start learning how to play jazz piano, but everyone says that you need to start listening in order to learn. The only issue is that perhaps you’re not sure where to turn. If you have no experience playing jazz, you might not know…


As someone who has been playing jazz piano for many years, I admit that it’s hard to articulate how to start learning jazz piano. Hopefully this post will take some of the mystery out of the process.

Listen, Listen More, and Then Listen Some More

The key to how to start learning to play jazz piano is to…


In this post, we’ll explore some best practices for how to send computer audio over Skype or Zoom. We’ll explore alternatives for using the computer’s built-in microphone for picking up the acoustic piano, and we’ll look at how to route internal computer audio properly for better quality.

To say that…


The question of what is the best music notation software is a popular debate within the music community, and there are loyalists everywhere who will fiercely defend their software of choice. The short answer to the question of which software is best for music notation isn’t so clear cut. In…


With all sorts of apps and websites to learn piano online, it can be difficult to find the right fit. Of course, one’s individual learning methods, personal goals, and personal taste will play a large role in what will be the ideal method for learning music online. …

Jeff Marder

Musician, world traveler, and fitness enthusiast based in NYC.

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