During the past couple months, Aaron has been busy launching a new music teaching business. Another teacher in town--Cia Khakaura--and he teamed up to open the Los Alamos Music Academy. At LAMA, we will teach piano, guitar, and music theory-related topics to small groups at our rented studio in Los Alamos, NM. We hope to … Continue reading New Teaching Venture!
Hi Everyone: I've had a profile on Thumbtack for a while now, and it's gotten me a few requests for information for students, as well as a couple gigs. They requested a little blurb a while back, and now I'm a featured Albuquerque artist (even though I'm an hour and a half away)! Check this … Continue reading Featured on Thumbtack!
I often get questions about starting kids with music. What age should I start? Should I have Junior learn the piano or something else? Why is progress on the guitar so much slower than the piano? What instrument should my kid play in band? I always attempt to answer these questions, but there is no … Continue reading Quick Book Review–Musical Instruments for Children by Richard Crozier
I often get questions about finding sheet music, especially popular songs. Here are a few places and sites that I go to again and again. Second hand--I scour garage sales, yard sales, thrift and consignment stores, used book stores, and rummage sales to find music. Most of this is in book form, though I have … Continue reading Where to Find Sheet Music
I get comments like these in my email inbox occasionally: "It's been really difficult to get my daughter to sit down and practice for the past couple weeks." "My son is talking about quitting because he says it's too hard." "We have been struggling to keep our daughter interested in piano." These examples are issues … Continue reading Hitting the Plateau–and What to Do About It
I sent this out as an email in October 2015, but wanted to publish an easy to find reference here. I've talked with most of my students about practice habits, especially when looking at a new piece. My overall goal when I sit down to look at something new is to play it correctly THE … Continue reading Practice Habits and Tips
Before I jump in, I'd like to make a couple disclaimers. First, these are largely my opinions. However, they are based on real observations in my teaching studio, from my own experience as a guitar student, and from the experience of others in my immediate circle. I've also done some research to find out what … Continue reading Guitar Buying Guide for the Beginning Guitarist
In today's musical instrument market, purchasing a piano comes down to this question: digital or acoustic? I'll define what these terms mean, describe the different types, list some of the pros and cons of each, and describe what to look for in a reliable, quality instrument. In general, though, the old adage applies: buy the … Continue reading Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer’s Guide for the Home
Howdy folks! We are excited to share our new venture with you. What is it, you ask? It is the fusion of art and music, of visual and aural, of what you can hear and what you can see. It is the ability to offer--and find--multiple forms of original media in one site. But it's more … Continue reading Welcome to Spark Studios NM!