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How Do I Get My Kid to Practice?

Why is it so hard to get kids to practice their piano lessons? Why is it so hard to get them to eat healthy, or turn off screens? Good habits take effort and guidance from Mom and Dad. We don't just do it on our own. Practicing piano is just like eating our vegetables. We don't instinctively want to do it but if we are taught the value and expected to do it, eventually we come to appreciate it. Here are 8 strategies for getting your kids to practice without resisting, screaming, or protesting. 1. Make it part of your routine We all have things we have to do everyday. Practicing the piano should be just as important as brushing teeth, eating healthy, or exercising. "Is that too extreme

THE Best Breathing Exercise for Singers

Diaphragmatic breathing for vocalists is essential for consistent tone quality, volume, and vocal health. It can sometimes be difficult to activate the diaphragm if you've never done it before. The key is to notice where your body expands when you inhale. There are dozens of breathing exercises published for vocalists. I use one. Yes, one! I call it The "Hissing Tire" Exercise and I rarely need anything else. Here's how to do it: Using singing posture, slowly inhale through the mouth, silently. Be sure to feel the air expanding low around your waist. (If your shoulders rise, you're not breathing diaphragmatically and you will not get the results that you desire.) As you exhale, make an

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