Getting accepted

Middle school can be rough. High school can be worse.

Not knowing where to go in-between - let's not go there. But it's that time when they decide where, exactly, they want to go for the next four years. Sure, it's not college (let's REALLY not talk about that one) but it's still a big deal.

Being a music school, Live! has always been host to students who want to take music as more than just a hobby or something to do on weekends. The arts, it cannot be stressed enough, is key to academic education. So why wouldn't kids want to apply to art schools? After all, it's proven that creative stimulation in a child will enable them to perform critically better in the language arts and mathematical portions of their education. With Miami Arts Charter, DASH, and New World all right around the corner, the Miami arts and performance student body is massive as ever.

But these schools need to know a student will dedicate themselves to their program. Auditions are necessary. Yes,...

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Let's follow Wynton's advice


No. 1

Seek out instruction:

Find an experienced teacher who knows what you should be doing. A good teacher will help you understand the purpose of practicing and can teach you ways to make practicing easier and more productive.

No. 2

Write out a schedule:

A schedule helps you organize your time. Be sure to allow time to review the fundamentals because they are the foundation of all the complicated things that come later. If you are practicing basketball, for example, be sure to put the time in your schedule to practice free throws.

No. 3

Set goals:

As a schedule, goals help you organize your time and chart your progress. Goals also act as a challenge: something to strive for in a specific period of time. If a certain task turns out to be really difficult, relax your goals: practice doesn╩╝t have to be painful to achieve results.

No. 4


You can do more in 10 minutes of focused practice than in an hour of sighing and...

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Our guide to learning (basic) time signatures

One and two and three and four and.

Keeping time is the way music knows where to go. It’s why drummers count down before a song, and why you’re able to snap along to your favorite tunes.

Every song has timing, but not every time signature is as easy to find as counting to four. The best way to learn is to find examples in popular music, so here they come! But first...


Every time signature has two numbers: one on top, one on the bottom. The number at the top represents the number of beats in a bar of music. The number on the bottom represents the kind of notes used in the bar. 4/4 meter, for example, would use quarter notes (the bottom number), four times (the top number). 6/8 would use eighth notes (bottom number), six times per measure (bottom number).


e.g. Metallica "Enter Sandman"

This is the most common type of meter — it’s even called “Common Time” and often represented as a C on a music staff. 4/4...

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Stage fright no-more

6 Ways to Keep Stage Fright Away

Talking to a group of people isn’t easy.

But performing music in front of a crowd? That’s a whole other monster. We all know the feeling: the tongue gets tied, the palms start to sweat, and your gut starts to feel like it’s trying to crawl out of your body. But not everyone has to feel these stage fright symptoms if you know how to prepare for it:

Written by Mark Meneses

1. Keep calm.

Nerves always get the best of us before we take the stage. If you keep your focus on what you have to do, instead of who you’re doing it for, you might notice that it’s easier to take the stage when the performance arrives. Remember: you’re playing music for yourself, there just happens to be an audience around.

Focus on comforting imagery. A lot of stage anxiety comes from picturing the people in the audience. Instead, try thinking about serene imagery and comforting object. If you’re not thinking about what the crowd looks...

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Keep your voice boomin'


Esther Fortune's Guide on Keeping Your Voice Groovy

In the shower, on the stage - we're always singing. Even when we speak, we’re carrying our own unique melody. So make sure you keep those pipes nice and clean.

Everything is better in song. We sing songs to remember presidents, to commemorate holidays, to show affection. Our minds love music, and work better with it — it’s why you have to sing the alphabet to find out if P comes before Q. And let’s just agree, life without music is boring. Go ahead and try to remember your mother's phone number. No? What about that new Adele song? Thought so.

We all sing, but we don't all know how to take care of our voice, which is important for all vocalists, even if you’re just a shower-star. Esther Fortune is the lead vocal instructor at Live! and vocalist of the reggae-rock band Jahfe, and she has a few tips for all of us on taking care of our pipes. I sat down with her to ask her secrets on keeping your...

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