Learning to LOVE your audience

*There’s a difference between music fans and people who just want to party and have fun. You’ll encounter both at shows. Learn to deal with each group in effective ways. Knowing the difference between partiers and fans works wonders for your attitude.

As performers, we seek validation through our art.  Accept that different performance situations will yield different sorts of audiences and, very often, a mixture of fans, family, friends and partiers. There will be those who come to actually listen to the band, buy cds and think of your performance as an actual event. There will also be those at shows who are there at the behest of a girlfriend, boyfriend or friend and you, my dear musician, will be background music. This scenario becomes particularly difficult if the band is a listening ensemble. Girls giggling and guys yelling over drinks as you’re pouring your heart out on stage can be hard to overlook. This situation can become very contentios  (as I’ve been unlucky enough to witness as a performer and a fan) as the band and the listening crowd compete with the gigglers and yellers for airwaves.

It’s best to keep the mood light and positive in response to this situation. Invite your listeners and fans a little closer. Encourage them to stand at the stage if they wish. Create an intimate environment between you and your true fans. Often partiers are discouraged at this sort of dynamic and choose to leave for another, louder place to hang out. I’ve also seen these same people develop a sixth sense for the band – often coming up at set break to say how much they’re enjoying the music.

Maintain a controlled response when dealing with fans and those who are simply in the venue to hang out, meet friends, and have dinner and drinks. Recognize fans can be cultivated in every performance situation.


Our instructor Khris offers SKYPE Lessons! See a sample here

Watch our Nashville instructor Khris teach a student in California.




Look at this Piano CAKE! So cool!

Small Town Music Lessons

Everyone with a passion for music enjoys the extra touches & hard work that it takes to make something so beautiful & delicious – but then again, maybe I am just obsessed with the beauty of a piano.  🙂  I would LOVE if you could send me links to pictures of piano cakes & I will add them here to the post along with your name, the website the picture came from, and why you liked it.  🙂  Then, at a later date, I’ll compile them all, and we can vote.  Here they are in random order of discovery… I have put a few on here to get us started.  What do you think?

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We love Kristin’s blog!

Kristin has such joyful news to spread about her students!

Small Town Music Lessons

Student 0614 = Lexi (year 2012)…

She has been taking lessons with me for just over 4 years, and has been named Student of the Month on more than one occasion back when I did that sort of thing.  🙂  Every student has their strengths… this week, I decided to test her on her understanding of the music she was playing.  Flawless.  She knew the answer to each of my questions & easily masters her assigned pieces in record time.  At the moment, she is using the Faber Level 3B books & has already completed the finale song of the lesson book (just for fun, we jumped ahead)… “Pachelbel’s Canon”.  It is an ambitious piece for the level, but a delight to play, hear, and perform.

The first time I ever met this delightful young lady was at the first rehearsal of the first girls choir I ever taught in…

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Melody Music Studios


Kathi Kerr, the founder of Melody Music Studios has released a series of new books intended to help the novice musician get results quickly and the professional musician to hone their craft.

The first is Fake It Til You Make It! A quick book that teaches you how to play tunes in no time!

Fake It Til You Make It– Have you ever wanted to play easy songs you enjoy quickly? Well now you can with the Fake It Til You Make It book, playing songs you love from a fake book. The student only reads the right hand melody, while playing chords in the left hand. This book starts with keyboard geography, teaching the student to read the treble clef notes and triads for the left hand using rhythm improv patterns to make you sound like a pro in weeks. This book can be self-taught, used in…

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