How to play clarinet: Lesson 1. learn your clarinet

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Neutralising Self Criticism Through Humour and Laughter

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Everyone suffers from self criticism from time to time. It can be useful. You can get important feedback from criticism. However criticism directed at the self can become an unhealthy habit causing feelings of low self worth. It’s useful to balance this tendency. An easy and quick way to achieve this is with humour. By lightening things up you can get some much needed perspective! Continue reading

Audition Tips and Advice

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Having auditioned literally thousands of entertainment professionals over the years, we often get asked what constitutes a good audition. Here are some crucial dos and dont’s:

1. Always be well prepared. Make sure you know who and what you are auditioning for. If possible, try to find out who is on the audition panel. This will help add a personal touch if you get the opportunity to chat with them. Continue reading

How Does Music Therapy Relate to Bipolar Disorder?

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“A mental disorder is a classified as a clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome that occurs and that is associated with present distress or disability or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom.” (Peters, 2000). Although mental disorders may have a variety of manifestations and degrees of severity, they all are characterized by persistent, abnormal patterns of problem behaviors. These clients are sometimes described as having behavior disorders or behavioral disorders. Mental illnesses and disorders traditionally have been classified into two broad categories of neuroses and psychoses. A neurosis is a mental disorder primarily characterized by anxiety. This anxiety may be experienced directly and be the main manifestation of the disorder or it may be unconsciously controlled or modified to produce other distressing symptoms. A psychosis is a more severe mental disorder that is primarily characterized by loss of contact with reality. Individuals who have psychoses have delusions, hallucinations and an impaired ability to test reality. For many, a mental disorder can hinder a person from keeping a job, family, relationships and sanity. The psychiatric problems that occur in adults are more likely to be associated with the stresses of everyday adaptation or a more chronic reaction resulting from distress over a longer period of time. What many people don’t know is that someone can in fact live a relatively normal life with the help of many therapies, such as music therapy to be specific. Continue reading

Is your child missing out..?

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Research has shown that music can enhance memory, not only in children but for humans of all ages. Music and movement can also be used to teach children to remain healthy and active. This makes early childhood music classes important for childhood fitness, memory and a variety of other learning developments. Continue reading