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Hallelujah Piano Tutorial

Hallelujah is an iconic song that was written by Canadian poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen. I was originally released on his 1984 album Various Positions and received almost no acclaim. It was covered by...
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15 Minute Vocal Warmup Routine and Tips

As a professional singer and voice teacher, one thing I tell all of my students is that they need to warmup every day.  In this post I will show you my 15 minute vocal warmup routine and tips to get...

Online Course or Private Lessons: An Expert Weighs In

As a musician and music educator of over 25 years, I have been able to see as trends change in the industry.  The year 2020 brought an influx of online courses to the market, which made a lot of...

Solo Jazz Piano and Vocals – A Curated List

As a jazz pianist and vocalist, I often get asked for listening lists.  There is so much great music out there that it can be hard to know where to start!  This article was requested by several of my...
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The Charleston Rhythm

The Charleston Rhythm is one of the most-often heard rhythms that you’ve never heard of.  It shows up all over the place, from jazz to blues to contemporary pop songs.  In this article I teach...

Throwback: My cruise ship life

You may or may not know this about me, but I spent over 19 months as a singalong piano bar entertainer on cruise ships.  It was an absolutely wild experience and one that made me the musician and...

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