Tips & Ideas

03/12/2013 - 3:13pm EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
Here is a rare footage of the great violinist Jascha Heifetz at the piano, yes at the piano, accompanying his student in a Bach concerto in A minor. This film clip is from the series of violin... Read More
03/01/2013 - 4:40pm EST by
Susan Anders Brizick
Effective and Efficient Practice for Voice Lessons and Singing Success 1. Establish a time and place to practice daily. Write it in your planner or schedule it on your phone. 2. Pick 2 goals... Read More
02/28/2013 - 11:29am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Be inspired. I've known Joyce since she was an opera student at AVA. She heard plenty of NOs then, but knew she could learn. She heard lots of NOs thereafter, for the next eight years or so, but... Read More
02/16/2013 - 12:19pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
In WQXR interview, the great Fritz Kreisler declares that he didn't have a violin teacher from the age of ten. "I listened to them ... I learned a lot from them," he added referring to Brahms himself... Read More
01/04/2013 - 11:08am EST by
Robert Bradshaw
In today's society, often you will not have much time to practice. Be sure that every time to spend time practicing, whether it is for five minutes or two hours, that you accomplish something... Read More
12/30/2012 - 8:06pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Art Tatum's piano artistry is legendary. This video example speaks to the very subject described in Josef Lhevinne's book Basics Principles of Pianoforte Playing. Josef Lhevinne was an... Read More
12/22/2012 - 9:05am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
Most opera singers spend majority of time singing in Italian, French and German. They work with diction coaches, vocal coaches and take formal language classes. Russian is in its own category.... Read More
12/17/2012 - 9:34am EST by
Ghenady Meirson
"Do you work at home or do you perform?" This pointed question stuck with me for years since my Curtis piano teacher, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, posed it to me. It goes to the heart of the problem --... Read More
11/29/2012 - 9:56pm EST by
Susan Anders Brizick
Practice Tips can be endless- what can you do to maximize your potential between lessons? Take care of your instrument! Healthy care of the voice can really help your next voice lesson. Key... Read More
11/18/2012 - 11:16pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
All my voice students are professional singers. A few years ago I began an informal experiment with my vocal students at Curtis and AVA. I asked each singer to replace traditional Italian dynamic... Read More