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Have a read of our news & views on the world of music! Here you will find articles written by professional musicians on a variety of musical subjects. As a music school and concert venue we feel that it is of great importance to discuss topics such as practising, choosing the right instrument, and many other relevant subjects, and to give advice to all our students and teachers. Feel free to share and comment!

05
Jan
2018

New Year's Update

05/01/18 Post by Immanuel Voigt Comments: 0
First of all a very Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful holiday. We were very impressed with all performances in our three Autumn Showcases in December. We are proud to see so much great music-making and everyone progressing so well! Here are a few updates and information about the upcoming term: 1. Our term dates are now easily available on the homepage of our website. Our term starts on the 8th of January 2018 and finishes on the31st of...
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13
Jan
2017
Oboe

A New Term, A New Year

13/01/17 Post by Immanuel Voigt Comments: 2
Welcome back everyone to another new term at IMS Cardiff, we are wishing everyone a very happy, successful and healthy New Year 2017.   As I'm sure you will agree, this coming year is promising to be an eventful and exciting one all over the world, but not least here in Cardiff at IMS.   Concerts at IMS Cardiff will be modified in 2017, in order to include more of our talented pupils. Our termly professional concerts will now include professional musicians...
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07
Jul
2016
learning music as an adult

Learning Music as an Adult

07/07/16 Post by Markella Vandoros Comments: 0
Can I learn to play a musical instrument as an adult? The short answer is yes. If you missed out on music lessons as a child, it is not too late to pick it up as an adult. This article explores the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument in adulthood. 'Playing music is the brain's equivalent to a full body workout' You may have come across a video published by TEDEd a couple of years ago, entitled ‘How playing an instrument...
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20
May
2016

How To Pick The Right Music Teacher For Your Child

20/05/16 Post by Markella Vandoros Comments: 0
The time has come for your child to start learning music and you feel terribly excited, until it dawns on you that the task of choosing the right teacher is entirely in your hands. Fear not! This guide will provide you with useful tips so that you can identify your priorities and find the confidence to say ‘you’re hired’. The ideal teacher We are often reminded of the popular saying ‘practice makes perfect’. Although it is fundamentally true that in...
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02
May
2016
how to practise scales and arpeggios

The Art of Practicing Scales

02/05/16 Post by Comments: 0
I remember once reading a quote that went something like this: “Like taking my vitamins, practising my scales and arpeggios was something that I knew would be good for me, but I wasn’t sure exactly why.” I sympathise with this attitude and remember with clarity the struggle I had with scales when I first started learning them and then later when I entered the Associated Board examinations. By the time I took my grade 8 exam, it felt as if...
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18
Dec
2015
music lessons cardiff

The Beginner's Guide to Practice

18/12/15 Post by Immanuel Voigt Comments: 4
Beginner's Guide to Practice My most recent post about instrumental practice was primarily aimed at the professional musician and music student, although most of the practice techniques I mentioned apply to anyone, regardless of age and ability. Since I posted the article I have been receiving requests for a similar guide aimed at adults who have a full-time job and play as a hobby or adults with children who go to school: in other words, people who don't have four...
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