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  Yes, its “ATOMIC”, world premiere of newly written musical, and I am hereby declare that I’m in band!..  I cant believe it, cant wait till the first reading rehearsal (which is November 11th). Synopsis (shortly): ATOMIC is a contemporary high energy musical that throws the doors open on a pivotal moment in history. It

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Well, this is it! Second Metro Session of AMEB Examination is now due to begin. Our Day “Z” is September 5th, Thursday. 5 students are enrolled on this session from me, and I feel worry about all of you guys! Keep practice and, practice, and practice!..  

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The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned from Playing the Violin (c)

By Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. | Jul 28, 2012   Synopsis The seemingly obvious lesson that only took me twenty-three years to learn. You have probably heard the old joke about the tourist who asks a cab driver how to get to Carnegie Hall, only to be told: “Practice, practice, practice!” I began playing the violin at age two, and for as long as I can remember, there was one question which haunted me every day. Am I practicing enough? What Do Performers Say? I scoured books and interviews with great artists, looking for a consensus on practice time that would ease my conscience. I read an interview with Rubinstein, in which he stated that nobody should have to practice more than four hours a day. He explained that if you needed that much time, you probably weren’t doing it right. And then there was violinist Nathan Milstein who once asked his teacher Leopold Auer how many hours a day he should be practicing. Auer responded by saying “Practice with your fingers and you need all day. Practice with your mind and you will do as much in 1 1/2 hours.” Even Heifetz indicated that he never believed in practicing too much, and that excessive practice is “just as bad as practicing too little!” He claimed that he practiced no more than three hours per day on average, and that he didn’t practice at all on Sundays. It seemed that four hours should be enough. So I breathed easy for a bit. And then…. 

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